CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Virginia (7-3, 5-2 ACC) outscored Georgia Tech (2-7, 1-5) 26-14 to close the game in the 33-28 win on Saturday afternoon at Scott Stadium.
UVA held the Yellow Jackets without a score in the second half until the 5:30 mark of the fourth quarter. Virginia finished with 413 total yards of offense and Georgia Tech had 372 total yards. The Cavaliers were 6-for-6 in the red zone.
QB Bryce Perkins (Queen Creek, Ariz.) threw for 258 yards and rushed for 106 yards to pace the offense. WR Terrell Jana (Vancouver, B.C.) had 108 receiving yards.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Georgia Tech scored on its first drive of the game. UVA responded with a touchdown by RB Wayne Taulapapa (Laie, Hawaii) to tie the game 7-7. The Yellowjackets scored on the ensuing drive. On Georgia Tech’s next drive, SS Joey Blount (Atlanta, Ga.) had an interception and returned it 38 yards to set up a 9-yard touchdown pass from Perkins to WR Joe Reed (Charlotte Court House, Va.). Brian Delaney (Chantilly, Va.) added a field goal to give UVA its first lead. Georgia Tech scored with 44 seconds remaining in the half. Virginia countered with a touchdown in 33 seconds as Perkins had a 43-yard rush and then ran it in from three yards out to give UVA a 24-21 lead at the half.
Virginia converted a field goal and added a touchdown by Taulapapa to lead 33-21 with 10:57 remaining. Georgia Tech scored with 5:30 to go, but UVA held the Cavaliers without another score.
QB Bryce Perkins
Passing: 258 yards, 1 TD
Rushing: 106 yards, 1 TD
WR Terrell Jana
9 receptions, 108 yards
RB Wayne Taulapapa
37 yards rushing, 2 TD
LB Jordan Mack
SS Joey Blount
6 tackles, 1 INT
• With 258 passing yards, Perkins passed No. 8 Marques Hagans, No. 7 Marc Verica and No. 6 Aaron Brooks on UVA’s all-time career passing list. He is the seventh Cavalier all-time to pass for over 5,000 career yards.
• Perkins threw for 258 yards, marking the sixth time this season and the 13th time in his career that he has eclipsed 200 passing yards in a game.
• Perkins passed for 200+ yards and rushed for 100+ yards in the game. It is the fifth time in program history a UVA quarterback has done that. Perkins has done it four times in his career. Bob Davis first did it in 1965 at Georgia Tech.
• WR Terrell Jana finished with 108 receiving yards, eclipsing 100 yards receiving for the second week in a row. Jana has two career games of 100+ receiving yards.
• TB Wayne Taulapapa rushed for two touchdowns against Georgia Tech. He now has 11 rushing touchdowns on the season. His first came on UVA’s first possession of the game. His second score came in the fourth quarter to put UVA up 33-21. The 11 rushing touchdowns is the most by a Cavalier since Kevin Parks had 11 in 2013.
• WR Billy Kemp finished with four receptions for 51 yards, both career-highs.
• S Joey Blount notched his third interception of the season (fifth of his career) in the first quarter. The 37-yard return was the longest of his career.
• OLB Noah Taylor finished with one tackle for loss. He now has a TFL in nine-straight games.
Virginia will have the week off next weekend before hosting Liberty on Saturday, Nov. 23.