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Offense Erupts in Cavaliers' Rout of VMI


Kevin Parks and freshman backup Daniel Hamm ignited the Virginia ground game as each ran for more than 100 yards and two touchdowns in the Cavs' 49-0 win over VMI Saturday. Virginia improved to 2-1 with the win.

Parks finished with 135 yards and Hamm added 136 to become the first Virginia running back duo to exceed 100 yards since 2005.

Quarterback David Watford was 18-of-25 for 206 yards and two touchdowns and ran for another score for the Cavaliers. He had TD passes of 28 yards to Tim Smith and 4 yards to Jake McGee.

The Cavalier offense as a whole flexed its muscle, finishing with 554 yards and the defense held VMI to 85 yards and four first downs.

Parks had his fourth career 100-yard game in hand by halftime, thanks largely to his career-long 61-yard touchdown run two plays after Virginia stopped VMI on fourth down at the Cavaliers 30.

Parks followed that up with a 2-yard touchdown run to cap a 12-play, 62-yard drive that he had kept alive with a fourth-down conversion near midfield.

Virginia burned two timeouts on defense late in the first half to preserve time for another score, and it paid off. The Cavaliers got the ball back with two minutes left, and two plays later Watford hit a diving Tim Smith in the back of the end zone to make it 21-0 at the half.

By then, it was clear that the Keydets lacked the firepower to get back into the game. And Virginia did its part to make sure they didn't, with Watford hitting Parks on a 54-yard swing pass on the first play of the second half to set up Hamm's 7-yard TD run one play later.

After another three-and-out by VMI, the Cavaliers marched 67 yards on seven plays and Hamm made it 35-0 on Watford's 4-yard touchdown pass to Jake McGee. Watford had a 1-yard TD run and Hamm, a fourth-stringer pressed into duty because Khalek Shepherd and Taquan Mizzell were out with sprained ankles, added a 12-yard TD run early in the fourth quarter.

Virginia will play its first game on the road, and its first ACC games, when it travels to Pittsburgh Saturday.


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