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Johns Leads Virginia Past Kent State
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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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