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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Virginia (Ticker) -- After playing the top team in the country, Virginia hosts No. 7 Georgia Tech to complete the toughest of back-to-back games possible in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
The Cavaliers (4-4, 3-3 ACC) could not hang with the Seminoles, falling 35-10 after holding a three-point lead at the half. Now they have to deal with Georiga Tech (6-1, 4-1), which leads the nation with 516 yards and 41.6 points per game behind quarterback Joe Hamilton.
Besides the big two of Florida State and Georgia Tech (6-1, 4-1), only Maryland and North Carolina State, at 5-3, have winning records in the ACC. With a win, Virginia would join that group and end a three-game losing streak.
The Cavaliers have the nation's leading rusher in Thomas Jones, who is averaging over 159 yards per game. But since their record is at .500, Jones is only a longshot to win the Heisman, with players like Hamilton ranking ahead.
Hamilton is the national leader in passing efficiency and is third in total offense, seemingly with no weakness in his game.
He has completed 118-of-177 passes (66.7 percent) for 1,883 yards and 17 touchdowns with just five interceptions. In addition, Hamilton has 463 yards, just three less than team leader Sean Gregory, and six touchdowns rushing.
With so much concentration on Hamilton, receivers Kelly Campbell and Dez White have benefited. Campbell and White have combined for 1,362 yards on 71 catches with nine touchdowns. White also is one of the nation's most dangerous return men.
Georgia Tech has won five straight games since falling to Florida State, 41-35, on September 11. The Yellow Jackets have scored at least 31 points in every game this season, but have allowed 21 or more five times.
Georgia Tech has an 11-9-1 lead in the all-time series, with George Welsh presiding over each of Virginia's wins. Last season, Georgia Tech scored 24 unanswered points in the final 18:09 to steal a 41-38 win over the Cavaliers. Jones had 207 yards on the ground while White caught eight passes for 243 yards.