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Virginia Game Notes

Virginia 38, UConn 18
Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017
Scott Stadium

Team Notes

  • Virginia is 2-2 all-time vs. UConn in the series that dates back to 2007
  • The Cavaliers’ 38 points marked a series high vs. UConn (previous high was 17 in 2007)
  • UVA’s 24-point halftime lead was its largest at the break since a 30-point lead over Indiana in 2009
  • UVA’s first scoring drive of 9:46 marked its longest scoring drive by time in school history, surpassing its 9:15 scoring drive vs. NC State in 1984
  • UVA’s 626 yards of total offense is the sixth-most in school history and most since 643 vs. Duke in 2010
  • True freshmen John Kirven (DL) and Elliott Brown (LB) made their collegiate debuts

Offensive Player Notes

  • QB Kurt Benkert passed for a school-record 455 yards, surpassing his own school record of 421 set last year vs. Central Michigan
  • Only three times in UVA history has a quarterback passed for over 400 yards and Benkert has done it twice. Marc Verica was the first at Duke (417) in 2010
  • UVA had three players – Doni Dowling (136 yards), Andre Levrone (127 yards) and Olamide Zaccheaus (122 yards) – with 100 or more receiving yards in a game for the first time in school history
  • It was the 10th time in program history multiple Cavaliers had at least 100 yards receiving in a game
  • The last time UVA had multiple players with 100 or more receiving yards in a game was Tim Smith (151 yards) and Darius Jennings (119 yards) vs. Georgia Tech in 2013
  • Dowling had a career-high 136 receiving yards and extended his reception streak to eight games
  • Dowling became the 38th Cavalier to reach 1,000 career receiving yards
  • Levrone totaled a career-high 127 receiving yards, including a career-long 73-yard TD reception
  • Zaccheaus extended his reception streak to 19 games and became the 37th Cavalier to reach 1,000 career receiving yards
  • Zaccheaus totaled 225 all-purpose yards, second most in his career (231 vs. Boise State in 2015)
  • Daniel Hamm tallied his first rushing touchdown of the season (sixth career) and became the first UVA player in school history to record at least one rushing TD in five straight seasons
  • Jordan Ellis had a career-best 95 rushing yards and tallied his third rushing touchdown (sixth career)
  • Ellis has one rushing touchdown in each of UVA’s three games
  • Chris Sharp and De’Vante Cross tallied their first career receptions
  • Warren Craft extended his reception streak to seven games, while Joe Reed extended his reception streak to four games

Defensive Player Notes

  • Micah Kiser (2 sacks) moved into 10th on UVA’s all-time sack list with 19, passing Eli Harold (17.5 sacks, 2012-14) ad Ron Mattes (18 sacks, 1981-84)
  • Kiser led UVA with 15 tackles and recovered his fourth career fumble
  • Quin Blanding (9 tackles) moved past Byron Thweatt (387 tackles, 1997-2000) into fourth on UVA’s all-time tackle list with 391
  • Brenton Nelson had a career-high eight tackles, recorded his first career interception and had two pass breakups
  • Bryce Hall forced his first career fumble


  • Fourth-straight road game that the Huskies have not scored a first half touchdown (last, Sept. 29, 2016 at Houston).
  • Shirreffs is fifth all-time in program history with 361 completions, passess Ken Sweitzer (345 completions).
  • Tyler Coyle notched first career INT with his third quarter pick.
  • Arkeel Newsome now 4th in UConn history in all-purpose yards with 4321, passing Donald Brown (4286 yards).
  • 60-yard TD pass from Shirreffs to Mayala was the longest passing touchdown for the Huskies since Oct. 8, 2016 at USF (70 yards, Shirreffs to Newsome)
  • First time UConn defense has allowed three 100-yard receivers (Zaccheaus, Levrone, Dowling) since Oct. 1, 2011 vs. Western Michigan (White, Ravenell and Arnheim).
  • Hergy Mayala records his first multi-touchdown game of his career.
  • In his first career game, Kevin Mensah rushed 49 yards on six carries and scored his first touchdown on a 30-yard run in the fourth quarter
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