Virginia Tops Georgia Tech In ACC Finale, 29-17
Nov 22, 2003
By CHRIS KAHN
Associated Press Writer
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Matt Schaub passed for 239 yards and a touchdownto help Virginia beat Georgia Tech 29-17 Saturday, making the Cavalierseligible for a bowl game in their ACC finale.
The Cavaliers (6-5, 4-4) held P.J. Daniels, the leading rusher in theconference, to 76 yards on 18 carries. Daniels ran for 240 yards last weekagainst North Carolina.
The win makes puts Virginia in strong consideration for the Tangerine Bowlon Dec.22, said Dylan Thomas, the bowl’s director of administration andticketing. Thomas said at halftime that bowl officials will meet Monday, butthey could make a decision by Sunday.
Heath Miller finished with six catches for 110 yards, setting an ACC recordfor tight ends with 53 receptions in a season.
The Yellow Jackets (6-5, 4-4) haven’t won at Scott Stadium since beatingtop-ranked Virginia in 1990.
Georgia Tech had gotten as close as 23-17 in the third quarter, but with8:26 to go in the game, Almondo Curry intercepted Reggie Ball’s and Virginiamade a field goal.
Ball was 16-of-30 for 157 yards and one interception.
Virginia held Georgia Tech scoreless in the first quarter and opened a 23-7lead by halftime.
Schaub hit Miller on a 10-yard pass for the Cavaliers’ first score, and theJamaine Winbor stripped Daniels on the following drive to set up Connor Hughes’31-yard field goal.
After another Virginia field goal, P.J. Daniels charged 15 yards untouchedfor Tech’s first score.