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Virginia hoping to continue offensive progress, end 5-game slide when No. 9 Clemson visits

  • Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd throws to a receiver in the second half of an NCAA college football game against Maryland in College Park, Md., Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

    Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd throws to a receiver in the second half of an NCAA college football game against Maryland in College Park, Md., Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)  (The Associated Press)

  • Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd (10) tries to outrun Maryland linebacker Marcus Whitfield in the first half of an NCAA college football game in College Park, Md., Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

    Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd (10) tries to outrun Maryland linebacker Marcus Whitfield in the first half of an NCAA college football game in College Park, Md., Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)  (The Associated Press)

  • Virginia quarterback David Watford (5) throws a pass down field against Georgia Tech in the second half  of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013, at Scott Stadium in Charlottesville, Va. (AP Photo/The Daily Progress, Ryan M. Kelly)

    Virginia quarterback David Watford (5) throws a pass down field against Georgia Tech in the second half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013, at Scott Stadium in Charlottesville, Va. (AP Photo/The Daily Progress, Ryan M. Kelly)  (The Associated Press)

Signs of improvement keep coming for Virginia's offense, but when those gains will translate into a victory remains to be seen.

The Cavaliers (2-6, 0-4 Atlantic Coast Conference) hope it happens Saturday when they face No. 9 Clemson in the teams' first meeting since 2009.

Quarterback David Watford and receivers Tim Smith and Darius Jennings had career days a week ago, but Virginia failed to turn any of five turnovers into points in a 35-25 loss to Georgia Tech. The Cavaliers have forced 15 turnovers, but turned them into just 13 points.

Clemson (7-1, 5-1) beat Maryland 40-27 last week. The Tigers need to win out and hope No. 3 Florida State loses twice to claim the Atlantic Division title.