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Sept. 24, 2016

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Virginia Game Notes

Virginia 49, Central Michigan 35
Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016
Scott Stadium

Team Notes

  • The 49-35 win marked Bronco Mendenhall‘s first career win at Virginia and 100th career win in 12 seasons as a collegiate head coach.
  • UVA’s 49 points were its most since tallying a 49-0 win over VMI in 2013.
  • Virginia improved to 2-0 all-time vs. Central Michigan as the Chippewas fell to 0-14 all-time against ACC foes.
  • The Cavaliers are 12-2-1 all-time vs. Mid-American Conference opponents.
  • UVA’s 569 total yards were its most since 580 vs. VMI in 2012.
  • The 569 yards of total offense marked a season high against Central Michigan (338 by Oklahoma State).
  • UVA’s 99-yard scoring drive in the first half marked a school record, surpassing several 98-yard drives.
  • UVA’s defense allowed 402 passing yards, most since 435 by Clemson in 2013.
  • UVA relinquished its first 28-point lead since Oct. 10, 1992, vs. Clemson.
  • The Cavaliers led at halftime (28-14) for the second straight game.
  • Virginia First Time Starters: Defense: Kareem Gibson (CB).
  • True freshman Matt Terrell (OLB) made his collegiate debut.

Player Notes

  • QB Kurt Benkert totaled career highs in completions (27), yards (421) and touchdown passes (5).
  • Benkert’s 421 passing yards marked a UVA single-game passing record, surpassing a 417-yard effort by Marc Verica vs. Duke in 2010.
  • Benkert’s five TD passes are tied for second on the UVA single-game passing touchdown list (one shy of school-record six by Dan Ellis vs. Buffalo in 1999).
  • Benkert’s five TD passes are the most by a UVA quarterback since Matt Schaub’s five vs. Akron in 2002.
  • Olamide Zaccheaus’ 82-yard touchdown reception was UVA’s longest since 2005 when Deyon Williams tallied a 90-yarder vs. Miami.
  • The 82-yard touchdown reception tied for the 13th longest in UVA history and marked the longest pass play in the ACC coming into this week’s games.
  • Zaccheaus tallied career-highs in receptions (8), yards (141) and touchdowns (2).
  • Taquan Mizzell extended his reception streak to 37 games, which is tied for the nation’s third-longest coming into this week’s game.
  • Mizzell had a career-long 44-yard run in the first quarter, surpassing his previous long of 36 yards against William & Mary (2015) and Duke (2013).
  • Mizzell added a 53-yard touchdown reception, which is his second-longest career reception.
  • Mizzell moved into 18th place on UVA’s career receiving yards list with 1,320
  • Mizzell’s 161 career receptions ranks third all-time at UVA, one shy of second (Kris Burd).
  • Doni Dowling had a career-high 98 receiving yards and matched a career-best with five receptions.
  • Dowling added a career-long 36-yard reception in the first quarter.
  • Albert Reid has a three-game touchdown streak.
  • Joe Reed tallied his first career reception (18 yards) in the first quarter and added a career-long 47-yard kickoff return.
  • Keeon Johnson’s 13-yard touchdown reception was his third this season (5th career).
  • Kareem Gibson recorded his first career interception in his second career game.
  • Kelvin Rainey matched a career high with nine tackles.
  • Eli Hanback had a career-high six tackles.
  • Jack Powers had a career-best three pass breakups.
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