Nov. 22, 2003
With the win, Virginia is now bowl eligible. The Cavaliers are 6-5 overall, 4-4 in the ACC.Virginia scored a touchdown on its first possession for the first time this season.Virginia scored on its first two possessions for the first time this season.Connor Hughes made five field goals, tying the Virginia record for FGs in a game. Rafael Garcia also booted five vs. Virginia Tech in 1994.Heath Miller had six catches to bring his season total to 53 receptions. That mark is a new ACC record for receptions in a season by a tight end, breaking the old mark of 51 by Steve Young (Wake Forest, ’77), Phil Denfield (Wake Forest, ’81), and John Henry Mills (Wake Forest, ’91).Heath Miller had 110 receiving yards, marking the first time a Cavalier tight end had 100 receiving yards in a game since Aaron Mundy had 116 yards on 8 catches against Maryland in 1991.Miller now has 606 yards receiving on the season, the third-highest total by a tight end in ACC history. He is just 28 yards shy of the record of 634 yards set by Virginia’s Bruce McGonnigal in 1989.Virginia’s made five field goals in the contest after making just three field goals in the previous nine meetings with Georgia Tech (and none since 1999).Hughes has now scored 93 points this season, establishing a new UVa record for scoring by a sophomore. The previous record was 85 points set by Rafael Garcia in 1994.Hughes’ 50-yard field goal makes him the first Cavalier to make three field goals of at least 50 yards in a career. He’s also the first player in school history to have more than one in a season.Marques Hagans had a 53-yard punt return in the second quarter, the longest by a Cavalier since he took one back for a 69-yard TD in the second quarter of last season’s Continental Tire Bowl win over West Virginia.Yellow Jacket Jonathan Smith’s 80-yard punt return was more punt return yards than the Cavaliers have allowed combined the rest of the season. Virginia came into the game allowing a combined 62 return yards, fewest in the nation.Smith’s punt return for a touchdown was the first allowed by the Cavaliers since a 62-yard TD return by Fabian Davis of Wake Forest in 2001.Marques Hagans set a Virginia season-high with a 58-yard punt return.Kai Parham set a career-high with two sacks.