The UVA football team beat Idaho 21-20 in overtime Saturday at Scott Stadium in Charlottesville in the first ever match-up between the programs.
Virginia improves to 3-2 this season in its final non-conference game of the season.
The Cavaliers led 14-0 after one quarter on two Perry Jones touchdowns.
The Vandals, playing their first game ever in the state of Virginia and first game ever against an ACC team, cut the lead to 14-6 at half on two field goals.
The score remained 14-6 into the fourth quarter when Idaho blocked a punt, recovered the ball, and scored a touchdown with 3:11 left. The Vandals tacked on the two-point conversion to tie the game at 14 and send it to overtime.
In the extra frame, the 'Hoos got the ball first.
On third and goal from the 27-yard line, David Watford found Dominique Terrell. The true freshman scored to put Virginia up 21-14 after the PAT.
On the ensuing drive, on third and eight from the UVA 23, Idaho's Brian Reader found Armauni Johnson for a 23-yard touchdown pass in double coverage.
The Vandals decided to go for the two-point conversion and the win, but Reader's pass was knocked down to give the Wahoos a 21-20 win.
Junior linebacker Steve Greer had 13 tackles in the win, and says, "We just wanted to go all out, the D-line got a great pass rush, and the safeties made a great play on the ball. We knew that was the game, and we needed to be on our toes for that play."
Junior captain Perry Jones led Virginia's offense with 21 carries for 110 yards and a touchdown on the ground and seven catches for 41 yards and a touchdown through the air.
Sophomore quarterback Michael Rocco went 20-of-30 for 240 yards and a touchdown. He was sacked three times.
True freshman Watford was 10-of-20 passing for 95 yards, one touchdown, and an interception.
Kris Burd hauled in eight catches for 123 yards for the 'Hoos.
"We talked amongst the teammates and the coaches, and beat it into ourselves that it's do or die time right now," says Burd. "We got to make a statement, and hold our own ground, and come out with a victory, and we did so tonight."
Matt Snyder had four catches for 72 yards, and Tim Smith caught five balls for 43 yards.
True freshman Clifton Richardson had eleven carries for 70 yards.
Chase Minnifield and Dom Joseph each had interceptions in the win.
Head coach Mike London says, "That was probably an ugly football game right there, but what matters in the end is we found a way to win. It's a huge win for us going into this bye week."
The Cavaliers do not have a game Saturday, October 8. UVA returns to action October 15 at home against Georgia Tech.
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