UVa junior running back Kevin Parks scored the game-winning touchdown with 2:36 remaining, as the Virginia football team came from behind to beat BYU 19-16 Saturday in their season-opener at Scott Stadium.
Head coach Mike London lost his voice in the excitement, and after the game, a very hoarse London said, "That was amazing, right there. I'm just so proud of this team. I wish I could tell them. It was a long game. That's a very good football team. To have a win like that, our first game, our opening game, against a well-coached team is a tremendous boost for this team."
"Especially with the schedule we have this year," added UVa senior center Luke Bowanko. "This win its the biggest thing we could've asked for especially in the fashion that we got it. We like to win big but its good to get the confidence to know that no matter what the situation, we have the ability to come through in the end."
Anthony Harris had 11 tackles, a blocked punt, and a critical interception which led to Parks' touchdown late in the fourth.
Harris picked off a tipped a pass from Taysom Hill, and then lateraled the ball to his teammate Henry Coley, who carried the ball to the 13 yard line.
"We just want to build on stuff like this," says Harris. "Being able to know that you can go out there and pull out close wins. Obviously we'd like to come out with a bigger lead and a bigger win but you just gotta be able to do this sometimes because you may need it later in the stretch of the season."
The game was scoreless after one quarter, when it was halted due to lightning in the area.
Scott Stadium was emptied of its 53,310 fans for two hours and nine minutes.
After BYU scored to go up 7-0 after the delay in the 2nd, sophomore Ian Frye kicked a 53-yard field goal on the final play of the half.
Virginia redshirt sophomore quarterback David Watford made his first start as a Wahoo, and connected with Darius Jennings on a 13-yard touchdown in the 3rd quarter to give Virginia the lead.
They added a safety later in the quarter to make it 12-7, but BYU would score a touchdown in the 4th to go back in front 13-12.
They failed on the two-point conversion, but recovered a fumble on the ensuing kickoff, and soon added a field goal for a short-lived four point lead.
Watford was 18-of-32 for 114 yards in the game.
Kevin Parks ran 20-times for 68 yards and a TD, while freshman Taquan Mizzell added 19 yards on seven carries.
Maurice Canady had a team-high thirteen tackles.
The Cavaliers (1-0) return to action next Saturday, as they host Oregon at 3:30 PM at Scott Stadium.
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