Demon Deacons Drop Virginia 28-17

November 8, 2008

The Virginia football team put together a late rally, but it was not enough, as Wake Forest hands the Cavaliers their second straight loss.

The first half did not go well at all for Virginia. Wake Forest jumped out to a 7-0 lead when Riley Skinner rolled out and hit Ben Wooster in the back of the end zone for a touchdown. A couple minutes later, Marc Verica was picked off by Boo Robinson, setting up the Deacons with good field position. Three plays later, Wake would capitalize when Skinner hit a wide open Devon Brown for a 58 yard touchdown.

Virginia got on the board early in the second quarter when Robert Randolph connected on a 33 yard field goal. But that was all the scoring UVa would do in the first half. Wake Forest marched right back down the field, and Brandon Pendergrass capped off the 71 yard drive with a 1 yard touchdown. On the ensuing Virginia drive, Kevin Patterson intercepted a Verica pass and took it 53 yards back for the touchdown. Wake Forest had a 28-3 lead at the half.

The Cavaliers finally got their offense going in the 4th quarter. On their opening drive, Verica hit John Phillips for a 21 yard touchdown, cutting the WFU lead to 18. Their next drive went just as well, and ended with Verica hooking up with Kevin Ogletree for his second TD pass of the game. That made the score 28-17 with just under 9 minutes to play.

After a failed drive, Virginia would get the ball back with under 3 minutes to go. On the third play from scrimmage, Verica was picked off by Stanley Arnoux. It was his third interception of the game, and sealed the win for Wake Forest.

Virginia falls to 5-5 on the year, 3-3 in the ACC. The Cavaliers have a bye week next week before hosting Clemson on Senior Day November 22.

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