Tue Sep 30 11:24:59 PDT 2014
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Johns Leads Virginia Past Kent State
Marilyn Payne

Matt Johns overcame two early interceptions and threw for two touchdowns and ran for one Saturday as Virginia pulled away after halftime to beat Kent State 45-13. The start Saturday was Johns' first career start -- with Greyson Lambert sidelined with a right ankle injury-- and the sophomore went 17-of-28 for 227 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions (both in the first half). The Cavaliers (3-2) surpassed their victory total of last season and surpassed 500 yards of total offense for the second game in a row. Virginia's 520 offensive yards were the most for the 'Hoos since the VMI game in 2013. Taquan Mizzell rushed for a career-best 61 yards on nine carries with a touchdown, Kevin Parks scored two touchdowns -- one rushing, one receiving -- adding 61 rushing yards to the offense's total. Maurice Canady’s 69-yard interception return for touchdown was the first of his career and the first for Virginia since 2011 and Quin Blanding led Virginia with a career-high 13 tackles. Kent State (0-4), coming off a bye week that followed a 66-0 loss at Ohio State, scored first and had Virginia's defense on edge early. The UVa defense forced five turnovers leading to 21 points for the Cavaliars

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