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Cliff's Notes: UC vs. Virginia Tech

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For those who haven't been paying close enough attention this week, I don't condone it, but here is a helpful cheat sheat so you can be an informed fan heading into Saturday's game against Virginia Tech.

Where: FedEx Field, Landover, Md. (grass, outdoors)

When: Saturday, 3:30 p.m., ESPNU

Forecast: Temperature in 70s at kickoff, no rain expected

2012 records: Bearcats 2-0, 1-0, Hokies 3-1, 1-0

Tickets: Plenty of seats still available. FedEx seats about 86k, less than half sold.

What to wear: If you are going, wear black. 

Past results: Virginia Tech holds a 5-4 advantage in the series with the last coming in the 2009 Orange Bowl, a 20-7 VT win.

Need to know: This season, Virginia Tech has proven susceptible to the run. They are 90th in the FBS against the rush and were gouged for 254 rushing yards in their loss at Pitt. Conversely, the Bearcats are 12th in FBS in rushing yards per game. If the Bearcats can be successful in the running game, they can keep the VT offense off the field and control the game.

virginia-tech-logan-thomas-287x300.jpgWho to know: VT quarterback Logan Thomas. He's built like a defensive lineman at 6-6, 260, but he can sling it. He's experienced problems with accuracy, only hitting 51.7 percent of his passes. The Hokies used him more in the running game last week in a win against Bowling Green. He can hurt you both ways. Forcing Thomas to make tough throws down the field can ultimately lead to turnovers. He tossed three picks in their loss to Pittsburgh.

Defining matchup: DTs John Williams and Adam Dempsey vs. VT interior OL. The Hokies want to run the ball. Hokies center Andrew Mills (6-4, 304) and RG Michael Via (6-7, 304) are massive humans. UC will need to hold its own at the point of attack to slow the VT running game and force Logan Thomas to the air. Do that and the odds flip in UC's favor. .

Injuries of note: Drew Frey and Alex Chisum sat out against Delaware State, but are 100 percent for this one.

Delving deeper: Butch Jones came away so impressed by the performance of senior WR Damon Julian against Delaware State, he put Alex Chisum's starting job up for grabs. Julian caught four passes for 62 yards and a TD. He's a more physical receiver than Chisum, but this competition could be what the sophomore who broke out last season needed to jumpstart his year.

Connections: Ten players remain from the UC team that lost to Virginia Tech in the 2009 Orange Bowl.

By the numbers: The last year the Hokies failed to block a punt in a season was 1992. They've already returned one punt 94 yards for a score this season. Containing the VT special teams will be critical.

By the numbers, Part II: Four different players have led the Hokies in rushing through four games this season. They utilize a RB by committee and like to utilize Thomas in the running game as well. 

Quotent Quotables: Munchie Legaux, who turned the ball over four times against Delaware State on .what he needs to correct from that game. "Just ball security. We have to do a better job of protecting the ball. It starts with me."


Looking ahead: This is the first of 10 consecutive weeks of games, the next being Oct. 6 for Homecoming against Miami.

Hype video: No official hype video this week, but we do have this floating around YouTube to get the juices flowing.



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