The Virginia football team has a losing record for the first time since October of 2010, after falling 44-38 Saturday against Louisiana Tech at Scott Stadium.
Trailing by 13 with 3:43 left in the game, sophomore QB Phillip Sims led Virginia on a 7 play, 88 yard scoring drive, which was capped off with former FUMA star Adrian Gamble catching his first career touchdown to cut the lead to six with 2:08 to go.
The Cavaliers defense would hold the Bulldogs on three plays on their next possession, but on 4th down, UVA would get flagged for 12 men on the field, which gave LA Tech a first down, and effectively ended the game.
Senior linebacker Steve Greer says, "We didn't know if they were going to punt the ball, or go for it, so we just had a personnel mix-up, a little bit."
Greer had 14 tackles in the loss.
Virginia's offense flourished in the 1st half.
Tailback Perry Jones threw a 36-yard touchdown pass to Tim Smith, and quarterback Mike Rocco made scoring throws of 2 yards to Paul Freedman, and 73 yards to Khalek Shepherd.
Louisiana Tech would respond with 34 unanswered points, turning a 24-10 deficit into a 20 point lead early in the 4th quarter.
Virginia (2-3, 0-1 ACC) rallied behind Sims in the final quarter, as the sophomore led the 'Hoos on two touchdown drives, and threw for 166 yards in the game
Head coach Mike London says, "I appreciate the fans that stayed out, and stayed to the very end. It means a lot to see people jumping up and down and making that noise at the end. Just hang with us. To the fans: Just hang with us. Don't leave. Hang with us. We'll be fine. We'll be alright. We need your support. We'll coach the guys harder, we'll coach the guys better."
Virginia is the first team this season to hold Louisiana Tech to under 50 points.
Rocco completed 14-of-23 passes in the game for 278 yards, but was also intercepted three times, including one returned for a touchdown.
UVA had 16 penalties for 145 yards in the game.
The Wahoos return to action next Saturday at three o'clock at Duke.
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