Virginia Offense Breaks Buffalo's Back
Nov. 13, 1999
**UVa quarterback Dan Ellis threw six touchdown passes to set a UVasingle-game record. The six TD passes also tied the ACC record set byDuke’s Steve Slayden vs. Georgia Tech in 1987.
**Ellis threw for a career-high 363 yards vs. the Bulls, the second-besttotal in school history.
**Virginia tailback Thomas Jones, the nation’s leading rusher, set a schoolrecord with 331 all-purpose yards (221 rushing, 110 receiving). Theprevious record was held by “Bullet” Bill Dudley and was one of the oldestrecords in the UVa record book. Dudley amassed 325 all-purpose yards (215rushing, 59 punt returns, 51 kickoff returns) in an historic performanceagainst North Carolina in 1941.
**Jones also became the first player in school history to gain 100 yards byboth rushing AND receiving in the same game.
**Jones gained 221 yards rushing and scored one touchdown on the ground in32 carries. It was his second consecutive 200-yard game-tying his ownschool and ACC records. Former Cavalier Terry Kirby also rushed for 200+yards in consecutive games in 1992 as did Maryland’s Charlie Wysocki in1979. Jones did it last season vs. San Jose State and Georgia Tech as well.
**The 221 yards also ties Jones’ career high set vs. N.C. State last month.
**The 200-yard game was Jones’ fourth of the season, extending his ownschool and ACC records.
**It is also his sixth 200-yard game of his career, which extends his ownschool and ACC records.
**Jones has rushed for a UVa record 1707 yards and needs just 14 yards nextweek vs. Maryland to set the single-season ACC mark. North Carolina’s DonMcCauley holds the record with 1720 yards in 1970.
**Jones currently has 3907 yards rushing in his career which is a UVarecord and sixth in ACC history.
**Jones has compiled a UVa season record 1951 all-purpose yards, breakingthe previous record of 1906 yards by Tiki Barber in 1995 (12 games vs.Jones’ 10 games). UNC’s McCauley also holds the ACC record with 2021all-purpose yards in 1970.
**Jones’ 16 rushing touchdowns this season is tied for sixth in ACChistory, while his 17 total touchdowns is tied for fifth in league history.
**Virginia’s 615 yards of total offense today is the most for the Cavalierssince they rolled up 689 yards vs. William & Mary in 1990. It is thefourth-highest total in school history.