RALEIGH, N.C. – Virginia (3-2, 1-1 ACC) suffered its first Atlantic Coast Conference loss, 35-21, at NC State (4-0, 1-0 ACC) on Saturday afternoon at Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh, N.C.
The Cavaliers finished with 351 total yards on offense on 258 passing yards. NC State had 433 yards on offense, with 257 passing and 176 rushing. The Wolfpack had the edge in time of possession, 32:14 to 27:46 and UVA suffered two turnovers.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Down 27-7, Virginia fought back to cut it to 27-14 on a touchdown pass from quarterback Bryce Perkins (Queen Creek, Ariz.) to half-back Olamide Zaccheaus (Plainfield, N.J.) to make it 27-14. NC State scored and converted a two-point conversion to make it a two-touchdown game.
The Cavaliers drove the field and running back Jordan Ellis (Suwanee, Ga.) ran it in from seven yards out to cut it to 35-21. UVA then converted an onside kick with Hasise Dubois (Irvington, N.J.) making the grab to get the ball back. Virginia drove to the Wolfpack seven yardline, but an interception at the three ended UVA’s chances.
• QB Bryce Perkins
Passing: 20-35, 258 yards, 2 TDs
• HB Olamide Zaccheaus
9 receptions, 109 yards, 2 TD
• OLB Charles Snowden
• UVA’s 35-yard scoring strike in the first quarter (Perkins to Zaccheaus) is the 11th Cavalier scoring play this season (of 18 offensive touchdowns) to go for 20+ yards, and the seventh to go 35+ yards.
• UVA recovered an onside kick for the first time since the 2016 Wake Forest game.
• With 109 receiving yards, Zaccheaus passed Germane Crowell (2,142), Tyrone Davis (2,153) and Kris Burd (2,190) into fourth placce all-time at UVA in career receiving yards.
• WR Joe Reed recorded 102 kick return yards, passing Joe Sroba (1,645) for No. 2 all-time in kick return yards. Reed now has 1,745 career kick return yards.
Virginia will have its bye week next weekend before returning home to host Miami on Saturday, Oct. 13 for Homecomings.