Virginia Upsets #18 UNC in Overtime

October 18, 2008

The Virginia football team is above five-hundred for the first time this season after a 16-13 come-from-behind win over North Carolina in overtime.

The Tarheels got out to the early lead in this game when Ryan Houston capped a 10 play, 83 yard drive with a one yard touchdown run. That would be the only scoring of the first half though, as UNC went to the locker room with a 7-0 lead.

On the opening drive of the 3rd quarter, Virginia's Nick Jenkins came up with an interception deep in North Carolina territory. That would set up Robert Randolph with a 37 yard field goal, giving the Cavaliers their first points of the evening. Moments later, Virginia recovered a UNC fumble to set up Randolph with another field goal attempt, but it was blocked by UNC to keep the score 7-3.

The Tarheels put together a 15 play, 71 yard drive in the 4th and got a 40 yard field goal from Casey Barth to take a 10-3 lead. Then, with under three minutes to go in the game, Marc Verica led the Cavaliers down the field on one of his most impressive drives of the season. Verica completed all seven of his passes on the drive, eventually setting up Cedric Peerman with a two yard touchdown run to put the Cavaliers within one. Randolph's extra point was patrially blocked, but just made it over the crossbar to tie the game at 10 and send it to overtime.

UNC got the ball first in overtime and only managed to come away with a field goal, leaving the door wide open for Virginia. After Verica set the table with a 19 yard completion to John Phillips, Peerman sealed the win with his second touchdown run of the game.

The Cavaliers will try to make it four in a row next Saturday when they take on Georgia Tech. The Yellowjackets defeated Clemson 21-17 earlier today.

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