October 25, 2008
In their previous two road games, the Virginia football team had been outscored 76-13. Today the Cavaliers proved that those days are far behind them.
Cedric Peerman ran for 118 yards and a touchdown as Virginia won its first road game 24-17 over #18 Georgia Tech. The Cavaliers have now won four straight, knocking off ranked opponents in consecutive weeks.
The Cavaliers marched 53 yards down the field on their opening drive and came away with a 25 yard field goal from Yannick Reyering, who returned to the lineup after sitting out last week's game against UNC. But Georgia Tech with a 73 yard drive of its own, capping it off with a 1 yard touchdown run by Josh Nesbitt.
On the ensuing Virginia drive, Marc Verica's pass was intercepted by Morgan Burnett in UVa territory and the Yellowjackets did not waste much time getting on the board. After Nesbitt hooked up with Demaryius Thomas for a 42 yard gain on the first offensive play of the drive, Jonathan Dwyer ran in for a touchdown on the very next play. Georgia Tech was up 14-3 at the end of the first quarter.
Virginia would respond on its opening drive of the 2nd quarter. Verica hit Kevin Ogletree in the corner of the end zone for a touchdown, cutting the Georgia Tech lead down to 4. That would be the only scoring of the second quarter, as Georgia Tech led 14-10 at the half.
Georgia Tech got the ball to start the third quarter, but Nesbitt fumbled on the sixth play of the drive and Virginia recovered. On the ensuing Virginia possession, the Cavaliers took their first lead of the game when Verica connected with Maurice Covington on a 34 yard touchdown pass. It was 17-14 UVa heading into the 4th quarter.
Early in the 4th quarter, Verica was sacked and fumbled. Georgia Tech recovered and set up Scott Blair with a 39 yard field goal to tie the game. Just moments later, Virginia went back on top when Peerman capped an 8 play, 70 yard drive with a 3 yard touchdown run.
Georgia Tech got the ball back with under four minutes to play. But on the Yellowjackets first play in UVa territory, Nesbitt's pass was picked off by Vic Hall to seal the win.
Virginia improves to 5-3 on the season, 3-1 in the ACC. With today's win and a Virginia Tech loss, the Cavaliers now take over sole possession of first place in the ACC Coastal division. The Cavaliers will try to make it five in a row next week when they host Miami on Homecoming. Kickoff is set for Noon from Scott Stadium.