South's Oldest Rivalry


South's Oldest Rivalry
South's Oldest Rivalry
UNC logo UVA logo
North Carolina Tar Heels Virginia Cavaliers
Originated 1892
Continuity 1919
Games Played 116 (through 2011)
Series Record North Carolina leads, 58–54–4a
Largest Victory Virginia 66-0
1912 November 26 (Richmond, VA)
Highest Scoring Game Virginia 56-24
2004 September 11 (Charlottesville)
Lowest Scoring Game Tie Game 0-0
1923 November 29 (Chapel Hill)
Most Recent Game North Carolina 28-17
2011 September 17 (Chapel Hill)
Next Match 2012 TBA (Charlottesville)
Current Streak North Carolina 2

North Carolina (58)
18922 1898 1903 1905
1916 1919 1921 1922
1927 1928 1929 1930
1931 1933 1934 1935
1936 1937 1938 1939
1940 1942 1943 1945
1946 1947 1948 1949
1953 1954 1955 1958
1959 1960 1961 1962
1963 1969 1970 1971
1972 1974 1975 1976
1977 1978 1979 1980
1981 1982 1986 1992
1995 1997 2001 2005
2010 2011
Virginia (54)
18921 1893 1894 1895
1896 1897 1900 1901
1904 1907 1908 1910
1911 1912 1913 1914
1915 1920 1924 1926
1932 1941 1944 1950
1951 1952 1956a 1957
1964 1965 1966 1967
1968 1973 1983 1985
1987 1988 1989 1990
1991 1993 1994 1996
1998 1999 2000 2002
2003 2004 2006 2007
2008 2009

Ties (4)
1902 1923 1925 1984

Did Not Play (5)
1899 1906 1909
1917 1918

The South's Oldest Rivalry is the name of the annual college football game between teams representing the two oldest schools of the Atlantic Coast Conference, the Cavaliers of the University of Virginia and the Tar Heels of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Long being the most played game among all Football Bowl Subdivision series in the Southeastern United States, it has become known over the years simply as the South's Oldest Rivalry. It is also the oldest series in this highest division on the Atlantic coast. The 2010 meeting marked the 115th edition of this game (played continuously since 1919), five more than the Army–Navy Game (played continuously since 1930), and one more than the "Deep South's Oldest Rivalry" (Georgia–Auburn, played continuously since 1944).

The game was first played in 1892, twice (Virginia won the first, and North Carolina the second). It is the 4th most played rivalry game among college football's BCS conference schools, behind three midwestern or Texan rivalries: Paul Bunyan's Axe (Minnesota–Wisconsin), Border War (KansasMissouri) and Lone Star Showdown (TexasTexas A&M).[1]

Virginia and North Carolina have faced each other more times, 116, than they have faced any other program. Second-most played is 103 for North Carolina versus Wake Forest University. North Carolina leads the all-time series, 58–54–4,a but Virginia is 20–8–1 in the rivalry since 1983. In 2010 UNC broke a long losing streak in Charlottesville with a 44-10 victory. It was UNC's first road win in the series since 1981, ending what many UNC fans mockingly described as the "Charlottesville Curse." The two teams most recently met on September 17, 2011 in Kenan Stadium in Chapel Hill. UNC posted a 28-17 victory and beat Virginia for the 1st time, in two consecutive season, since 1982.

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Nature of the Rivalry

There is considerable historical lineage and academic standing between the two universities involved. The University of Virginia was founded by third President of the United States and founding father Thomas Jefferson whereas the University of North Carolina was the first operational state university in the United States & alma-mater of U.S President, James K Polk and literary writer Thomas Wolfe. When the Richard Moll book listing the original eight "Public Ivies" (public colleges with high academic and tough admissions standards) was published in 1985, there were only two sharing a common athletic conference: the University of Virginia and the University of North Carolina.

In addition, the rivalry is also nicknamed the "Gentlemen's Rivalry." One reason for this moniker is the prestigous image, both academically & socially, of both universities. Both institutions' student bodies tend to mirror one another from a social & academic standpoint. Another and maybe more truthful reason is the stereotypical image of both schools' football fanbases as being a very subdued and mannerd crowd, who tend to do more socializing over wine-n-cheese than trying to create a rowdy atmosphere for their respective home football games. Wearing a tie and blazer is not uncommon to see on both campuses.

As for today and recent decades, the rivalry has been lackluster and less heated despite a few historical firsts. Last season, former UNC coach Butch Davis ended a 14 year drought and won in Charlottesville (44-10), officially ending "the 'Curse" (commonly referred to), and was UNC's first victory in Charlottesville since 1981. UNC also beat UVa the following season in 2011 to win 2 straight in the series, which had not been done by a UNC football team since the mid '70's into the early '80's, when Carolina won 9 straight and dominated the series. In addition, when UNC coach Mack Brown took over the Carolina program in the late 1980's and had very successful recruiting efforts, especially in the talent rich Tidewater (VA) area throughout the '90's, the rivalry really hit its peak when highly rated (VA) prospect Ronald Curry committed to North Carolina over Virginia.

Contributing factors

"Benedict Ronald"

Ronald Curry is sacked by the Virginia defense in 2000. This game was the third loss for Curry against the Cavaliers, and he completed his career with a 1–3 record in the South's Oldest Rivalry.

Widely considered the best high school football player of all time from the state of Virginia,[2] and the only junior ever to be named the nation's top high school quarterback by USA Today, Ronald Curry announced a verbal commitment to George Welsh's Virginia program on September 4, 1997 during ESPN coverage of that night's game between Virginia and Auburn.[3] With the commitment from Curry, Welsh was not able to recruit Michael Vick, whose stellar career in the same high school district was largely overshadowed by Curry's. While Curry's high school football coach, 12-time state champion Mike Smith, was happy that Curry would attend Virginia, Curry's AAU basketball coach Boo Williams told Curry he should decommit and go to a "basketball school" like North Carolina to get a better shot at the NBA.[4]

Curry decommitted from Virginia and signed a letter of intent to North Carolina in April 1998. Meanwhile Michael Vick had signed with another major football rival of Virginia, Virginia Tech. This made Curry a very unpopular figure among Virginia fans, who referred to him by such terms as "Benedict Curry", "Benedict Ronald", or "WHN" (an abbreviation of "What's his name?"), and he won the "Sports Jerk of the Year" award for his actions in the nationally syndicated Tank McNamara comic strip.

Curry went on to become the career passing yards and total yards leader at UNC, but he was 1–3 against Virginia in the South's Oldest Rivalry. Curry's first trip to Charlottesville was greeted by much pre-game hype. Curry was soundly booed by the Scott Stadium crowd during his time on the field, and senior Oscar Davenport took most of the snaps at quarterback for UNC, going 18-of-33 for 227 yards in a 30-13 loss. UNC's sole victory against Virginia during Curry's time as a Tar Heel came when he was a senior in 2001, when he also split time at quarterback (with freshman Darian Durant). Curry did contribute one of the biggest plays in the 2001 game, a 66-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Sam Aiken that gave UNC a 14-7 lead in the second quarter. Curry finished 3-of-5 passing for 81 yards and rushed seven times for 39 more. Since the day Curry decommitted from Virginia and signed with UNC, the Heels have a 4–10 record (as of 2011) against the Cavaliers.

Curry also started two years at guard for North Carolina's basketball team and reached the Final Four with the Tar Heels in 2000. But he never played in the NBA. He spent seven seasons in the NFL with the Oakland Raiders as a wide receiver, catching 193 career passes for 2,347 yards and 13 touchdowns and played in one Super Bowl.

Famous Spectators

President Calvin Coolidge attended the 1928 game held on Thanksgiving Day in Charlottesville.

Probably the most famous spectator of this rivalry was present on Thanksgiving Day 1928. United States President Calvin Coolidge and First Lady Grace Anna Goodhue Coolidge were among the 20,000 spectators watching the game at Charlottesville to see North Carolina win 24–20 over Virginia.[5]

Results

Below are the results of all 115 meetings.

South's Oldest Rivalry
Date Year Location Winner Score

Oct. 22 1892 Charlottesville Virginia 30–18
Nov. 26 1892 Atlanta, GA North Carolina 26–0
Nov. 30 1893 Richmond, VA Virginia 16–0
Nov. 22 1894 Richmond, VA Virginia 34–0
Nov. 28 1895 Richmond, VA Virginia 6–0
Nov. 26 1896 Richmond, VA Virginia 46–0
Nov. 22 1897 Richmond, VA Virginia 12–0
Nov. 24 1898 Richmond, VA North Carolina 6–2
Nov. 24 1900 Norfolk, VA Virginia 17–0
Nov. 23 1901 Richmond, VA Virginia 23–6
Nov. 27 1902 Richmond, VA Tie Game 12–12
Nov. 25 1903 Richmond, VA North Carolina 16–0
Nov. 24 1904 Richmond, VA Virginia 12–11
Nov. 30 1905 Richmond, VA North Carolina 17–0
Oct. 26 1907 Richmond, VA Virginia 9–4
Nov. 26 1908 Richmond, VA Virginia 31–0
Nov. 24 1910 Richmond, VA Virginia 7–0
Nov. 30 1911 Richmond, VA Virginia 28–0
Nov. 26 1912 Richmond, VA Virginia 66–0
Nov. 27 1913 Richmond, VA Virginia 26–7
Nov. 26 1914 Richmond, VA Virginia 20–3
Nov. 25 1915 Richmond, VA Virginia 14–0
Nov. 30 1916 Richmond, VA North Carolina 7–0
Nov. 27 1919 Chapel Hill North Carolina 6–0
Nov. 24 1920 Charlottesville Virginia 14–0
Nov. 24 1921 Chapel Hill North Carolina 7–3
Nov. 30 1922 Charlottesville North Carolina 10–7
Nov. 29 1923 Chapel Hill Tie Game 0–0
Nov. 27 1924 Charlottesville Virginia 7–0
Nov. 26 1925 Chapel Hill Tie Game 3–3
Nov. 25 1926 Charlottesville Virginia 3–0
Nov. 24 1927 Chapel Hill North Carolina 14–13
Nov. 29 1928 Charlottesville North Carolina 24–20
Nov. 25 1929 Chapel Hill North Carolina 41–7
Nov. 27 1930 Charlottesville North Carolina 41–0
Nov. 26 1931 Chapel Hill North Carolina 13–6
Nov. 24 1932 Charlottesville Virginia 14–7
Nov. 30 1933 Chapel Hill North Carolina 14–0
Nov. 29 1934 Washington DC North Carolina 25–6
Nov. 24 1935 Chapel Hill North Carolina 61–0
Nov. 26 1936 Norfolk, VA North Carolina 59–14
Nov. 25 1937 Chapel Hill North Carolina 40–0
Nov. 24 1938 Chapel Hill North Carolina 20–0
Nov. 30 1939 Norfolk, VA North Carolina 19–0
Nov. 23 1940 Norfolk, VA North Carolina 10–7
Nov. 20 1941 Norfolk, VA Virginia 28–7
Nov. 21 1942 Norfolk, VA North Carolina 28–13
Nov. 27 1943 Charleston, WV North Carolina 54–7
Dec. 2 1944 Norfolk, VA Virginia 26–7
Dec. 1 1945 Charleston, WV North Carolina 27–18
Nov. 30 1946 Roanoke, VA North Carolina 49–14
Nov. 29 1947 Roanoke, VA North Carolina 40–7
Nov. 27 1948 Roanoke, VA North Carolina 34–12
Nov. 1 1949 Roanoke, VA North Carolina 14–7
Dec. 2 1950 Roanoke, VA Virginia 44–13
Nov. 10 1951 Charlottesville Virginia 34–13
Nov. 4 1952 Chapel Hill Virginia 34–17
Nov. 21 1953 Chapel Hill North Carolina 33–7
Nov. 20 1954 Charlottesville North Carolina 26–14
Nov. 21 1955 Chapel Hill North Carolina 21–14
Nov. 10 1956 Charlottesville Virginia Forfeit a
Nov. 30 1957 Chapel Hill Virginia 20–13
Nov. 8 1958 Charlottesville North Carolina 42–0
Nov. 14 1959 Chapel Hill North Carolina 41–0
Nov. 26 1960 Charlottesville North Carolina 35–8
Dec. 2 1961 Chapel Hill North Carolina 24–0
Nov. 10 1962 Charlottesville North Carolina 11–7
Sep. 21 1963 Chapel Hill North Carolina 11–7
Nov. 14 1964 Charlottesville Virginia 31–27
Oct. 2 1965 Chapel Hill Virginia 21–17
Nov. 26 1966 Chapel Hill Virginia 21–14
Nov. 11 1967 Charlottesville Virginia 40–17
Nov. 9 1968 Chapel Hill Virginia 41–6
Nov. 1 1969 Charlottesville North Carolina 12–0
Oct. 31 1970 Chapel Hill North Carolina 19–0
Nov. 1 1971 Charlottesville North Carolina 32–20
Nov. 11 1972 Chapel Hill North Carolina 23–3
Nov. 3 1973 Charlottesville Virginia 44–40
Nov. 11 1974 Chapel Hill North Carolina 24–10
Oct. 4 1975 Charlottesville North Carolina 31–28
Nov. 13 1976 Chapel Hill North Carolina 31–6
Nov. 12 1977 Charlottesville North Carolina 35–14
Nov. 18 1978 Chapel Hill North Carolina 38–20
Nov. 17 1979 Charlottesville North Carolina 13–7
Nov. 15 1980 Chapel Hill North Carolina 26–3
Nov. 14 1981 Charlottesville North Carolina 17–14
Nov. 13 1982 Chapel Hill North Carolina 27–14
Nov. 12 1983 Charlottesville Virginia 17–14
Nov. 17 1984 Chapel Hill Tie Game 24–24
Nov. 16 1985 Charlottesville Virginia 24–22
Nov. 15 1986 Chapel Hill North Carolina 27–7
Nov. 14 1987 Charlottesville Virginia 20–17
Nov. 12 1988 Chapel Hill Virginia 27–24
Oct. 14 1989 Charlottesville Virginia 50–17
Nov. 10 1990 Chapel Hill Virginia 24–10
Oct. 19 1991 Charlottesville Virginia 14–9
Oct. 17 1992 Chapel Hill North Carolina 27–17
Oct. 23 1993 Charlottesville Virginia 17–10
Oct. 22 1994 Charlottesville Virginia 34–10
Oct. 7 1995 Chapel Hill North Carolina 22–17
Nov. 16 1996 Charlottesville Virginia 20–17
Sep. 27 1997 Chapel Hill North Carolina 48–20
Nov. 14 1998 Charlottesville Virginia 30–13
Sep. 4 1999 Chapel Hill Virginia 20–17
Nov. 14 2000 Charlottesville Virginia 17–6
Oct. 13 2001 Chapel Hill North Carolina 30–24
Oct. 19 2002 Charlottesville Virginia 37–27
Oct. 4 2003 Chapel Hill Virginia 38–13
Sep. 11 2004 Charlottesville Virginia 56–24
Oct. 22 2005 Chapel Hill North Carolina 7–5
Oct. 19 2006 Charlottesville Virginia 23–0
Sep. 15 2007 Chapel Hill Virginia 22–20
Oct. 18 2008 Charlottesville Virginia 16–13 (OT)
Oct. 3 2009 Chapel Hill Virginia 16–3
Oct. 16 2010 Charlottesville North Carolina 44-10
Sept. 17 2011 Chapel Hill North Carolina 28-17

The Deep South's Oldest Rivalry

The Deep South's Oldest Rivalry (Auburn-Georgia) may eventually surpass "South's Oldest Rivalry" (UNC-Virginia) in number of games played due to the conference expansion of the SEC and ACC conferences. With the possibility of a same-season rematch in the SEC Championship, Auburn and Georgia can play a second game in the same season; North Carolina and Virginia, however, are in the same division of the ACC, making a similar North Carolina vs. Virginia ACC Championship matchup impossible. Currently the UVA-UNC series leads the AUB-UGA series by one game. However, because the UVA-UNC series kept playing through World War II, it will be very difficult for AUB-UGA to surpass the rivalry in consecutive years played.

Notes

^a North Carolina forfeited the 1956 game to Virginia for using an ineligible player.[6][7][8] The UNC athletic department does not mention the forfeit when reporting on the result, and chooses to publish the series record as 57–53–4 in its marketing materials.[9]

1Virginia won the first game played in 1892.
2North Carolina won the second game played in 1892.

See also

  • Most-played rivalries in NCAA Division I FBS

References

  1. ^ Top 10 Most Played Rivalries
  2. ^ http://www.davesez.com/archives/000372.php
  3. ^ "Virginia Won Big Before It Took The Field"; Richmond Times - Dispatch - Richmond, Va.; Bob Lipper; Sep 5, 1997; Page D1
  4. ^ Ronald Curry Has All the Moves; The Washington Post - Washington, D.C.; Angie Watts; Apr 8, 1998; page C1
  5. ^ O'Neals (1968) Pictorial History of the University of Virginia. Charlottesville, Virginia: University Press of Virginia (p. 154)
  6. ^ http://www.virginiasports.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=17800&ATCLID=1603210
  7. ^ Jon Blau, Penn State Daily Collegian, "Forfeits uncommon in realm of college sports"
  8. ^ Sports Illustrated, 1957 Football Issue, September 23, 1957
  9. ^ http://tarheelblue.cstv.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/101608aaa.html

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