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UVA Ends Losing Streak; Beats NC State 33-6

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The Virginia football team snapped a six game losing streak Saturday, as the Cavaliers beat NC State 33-6 in Raleigh.

UVA has not lost seven games in a row since 1981.

The Wahoos jumped out to a 16-0 halftime lead thanks to the quarterback play of both Phillip Sims and Michael Rocco.

The QB's each took turns under center throughout the game, with Sims rushing in for a 1-yard touchdown to get UVA on the board, and Rocco connecting with Darius Jennings on an 18-yard TD later in the 1st quarter.

Sims hit Tim Smith for a touchdown in the 3rd quarter to make it 23-0.

"I'm proud of these guys," says Sims. "Nobody gave up on the season. Everybody came in and we kept fighting."

Sims completed 8-of-10 passes for 115 yards, while Rocco was 12-of-23 for 83 yards.

Kevin Parks led Virginia with 115 yards rushing, and after the Wolfpack scored a TD to make it 26-6 in the 4th, Parks broke off a 31-yard touchdown run for the game's final points.

The Cavaliers (3-6, 1-4 ACC) held NC State (5-4, 2-3 ACC) to just 19 yards rushing.

The 'Hoos defense forced five turnovers in the game, and sacked QB Mike Glennon six times.

Senior defensive lineman Jake Snyder had 4 tackles, a sack and recovered a fumble for the Cavaliers.

Snyder say, "Of course, 'Why is this all happening now?' But at the same time its not surprising. We've been focusing on it. That's been the big emphasis at practice. It's what we've wanted, and it's what we've got today. Just because it didn't work out the past few weeks doesn't mean were not gonna keep working on it in practice and get it the next couple weeks"

Sophomore safety Anthony Harris had an interception and six tackles for UVA.

Harris says, "We really pride ourselves on getting people off of the field on third downs. That's one of our big focuses. First getting them to third down, and then getting them off the field, whether it be a turnover, or just an incomplete ball or break up."

Freshman cornerback Maurice Canady led the team with seven tackles, and also had an interception.

Canady says, "This is really a good feeling. We haven't done it in like 5 weeks, so it felt good to do it today."

Virginia will host Miami next Saturday noon.

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