BLACKSBURG, VA. – Virginia (5-5, 4-5 ACC) fell 33-15 at Virginia Tech (5-6, 5-5 ACC) on Saturday evening at Lane Stadium.
Virginia scored the first touchdown of the game, but a big second quarter gave Virginia Tech the lead. Quarterback Brennan Armstrong (Shelby, Ohio) threw for 259 yards and two touchdowns.
The Cavaliers had 322 total yards, while Virginia Tech finished with 464 total yards with 252 from rushing.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Both teams scored on their first drives of the game. Virginia Tech hit a field goal, then Virginia responded with a touchdown from Armstrong to quarterback/wide receiver Keytaon Thompson (New Orleans, La.). Virginia Tech then scored 24 unanswered points in the second quarter to lead 27-7 at the half.
The Cavaliers added a touchdown in the third quarter after a field goal by the Hokies to make it 30-15. Armstrong connected with tight end Tony Poljan (Lansing, Mich.) for a 23-yard touchdown and then converted the two-point conversion to wide receiver Terrell Jana (Vancouver, B.C.). Virginia Tech added another field goal in the fourth quarter.
QB Brennan Armstrong
- Passing: 25-46, 259 yards, 2 TD
- Rushing: 23 yards
WR Lavel Davis Jr.
- 3 receptions, 75 yards
DB Coen King
- 10 tackles
• WR Lavel Davis Jr. had three catches for 75 yards. Fourteen of his 20 receptions this season have gone for 20+ yards. All but one have gone for a first down or a touchdown.
• WR Terrell Jana (24) and TE Tony Poljan (66) each went over 400 receiving yards for the season, joining both WR Billy Kemp IV and WR Lavel Davis Jr. It is just the third time since 2000 UVA has had four different receivers with 400+ receiving yards in the same season. It also happened in 2003 and 2016. The only other time UVA has had at least four players each with 400+ yards receiving was 1991.
• With nine receptions, WR Billy Kemp IV became the 26th Cavalier in program history with at least 100 career receptions. Kemp IV currently has 102 career receptions, tying him for No. 24 all-time at UVA with Canaan Severin.
• Coen King notched a career-high 10 tackles.
FROM BRONCO MENDENHALL
“Virginia Tech played the run against us very well. Coverage variety and different looks made us more hesitant than normal and that affected our execution. Certainly a big game, lots of emotion, a unique setting and a challenging setting, and then just some variety of different looks, that are happening during the play and I think all those things compounded just to not make us as consistent.”