But a defensive unit that held the highly touted Bruins offense to just one offensive touchdown was a surprise surpassed only by sophomore backup quarterback Matt Johns' two-touchdown debut performance.
"What Matt has done, we talked about raising his football IQ, he's done that," coach Mike London said. "He's done a great job of running the offense as well. He studies the game, he's a guy that earned playing time today and what you saw was a young man that showed some confidence, that he's willing to throw the ball, but he's also got some things to learn as well."
Johns came into the game during the second quarter and lead a 75-yard scoring drive, capped by a 29-yard pass to Andre Levrone.
The sophomore added another six points to Virginia's score in the third quarter, connecting with Darius Jennings for a 23-yard touchdown.
"I mean, on Tuesday I was doing scout team for coach," Johns said. "Mentally preparing for this game. It was definitely...my life changed a lot in the last 24 hours. Like I said, you cant expect that, cant draw it up, it's kinda just something that happens. I just had to be ready for it."