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Cavaliers clutch ‘new standard’ as UVA eyes first bowl game since 2011

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Head coach Bronco Mendenhall of the Virginia Cavaliers.
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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - As UVA prepares to face North Carolina Saturday for the 122nd time in "the South's Oldest Rivalry", the 'Hoos aren't focused on the past - only the future.

Virginia is off to a 4-and-1 start. Impressive for any program - but especially at UVA. The Cavaliers have failed to qualify for a bowl game since 2011. They've averaged only three wins per season the past five seasons.

Yet this year, the 'Hoos are embracing a new standard under second year head coach Bronco Mendenhall.

Chris Peace celebrates making an interception.
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"Our confidence grows with every single win," said UVA linebacker Chris Peace, a Denbigh High School (Newport News) product. "It's part of the new standard around here. We take every opponent seriously - it's like we're 0-and-0. We attack one game at a time."

"That's when programs become established," explained Mendenhall. "You can't just do it one week or one game. You must do it multiple weeks, regardless of home or away."

Virginia plays at 1-and-5 UNC Saturday at 3:30pm.