The Virginia Cavaliers defeated in-state rival Virginia Tech 39-30 this past Friday in front of a packed & raucous crowd at Scott Stadium in Charlottesville.
UVA quarterback Bryce Perkins led the way for the Cavaliers passing for 311 yards and rushing for 164 on the ground and he wouldn’t waste any time getting started as he darted 39 yards for a TD on the first possession of the game to put UVA ahead 6-0.
After the Hokies responded with a 21 yard Brian Johnson field goal to cut it to 6-3, Perkins immediately responded with an electrifying 67 yard TD run to put the Hoos up 13-3 after one quarter. Both defenses would dominate the second quarter as the only scoring was another Tech field goal by Johnson to cut the UVA lead to 13-6 at halftime.
The Hokies would come out on fire in the 3rd quarter as quarterback Hendon Hooker raced 34 yards for the TD to tie the game at 13-13, Hooker would rush for 89 yards on the day while passing for 311 yards to lead the offense.
The Hokies would take the lead for the first time after an 8 play 71 yard drive ended with a 1 yard TD plunge by running back Deshawn McClease, however the Cavaliers offense would answer right back as Perkins connected with wide receiver Billy Kemp on a 25 yard TD pass to tie the game once again at 20-20.
The back and forth fireworks would continue on Tech’s next drive as Hooker would find receiver Tre Turner in stride on a 61 yard TD pass to put the Hokies back in front 27-20 going into the 4th quarter.
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