UVa Loses 35-25 Against Georgia Tech Despite Career Day From Watford
Darius Jennings led the Wahoos with 13 receptions for 119 yards and two touchdowns
The Virginia football team lost 35-25 Saturday at home against Georgia Tech. UVa (2-6, 0-4 ACC) has lost five games in a row.
Sophomore quarterback David Watford threw for a career high 376 yards and two touchdowns in defeat, completing 43 of his 61 passes.
The 376 yards are the 4th highest total in program history, while the completions and attempts are both school records.
Matt Schaub had the previous mark with 41 completions on 58 attempts against Georgia Tech in 2002.
Watford says, "We left a lot of points on the field. That was one thing that we wanted to focus on this week: being able to capitalize on the turnovers. It's very frustrating when you have turnovers from your defense but you're not able to capitalize on it."
Head coach Mike London says, "Some players had career days but you'd rather have the 'W' as opposed to the loss. There's some good things that happened out there, but obviously they weren't good enough things to happen in terms of giving us a chance to win."
Georgia Tech turned the ball over five times, but UVa was not able to get any points off those turnovers.
Junior running back Kevin Parks says, "Any time they turn the ball over, we have to put points on the board. We have to score after those turnovers, and help out defense, but we didn't do that."
Darius Jennings led the Wahoos with 13 receptions for 119 yards and two touchdowns, while Tim Smith had 10 catches for 151 yards.
"It's great that we were able to improve in the passing game today," says Jennings. "It's something that we haven't done throughout the season, but it still wasn't enough. It doesn't matter what out stats are, we still have an 'L' on the board at the end of the day."
The Yellow Jackets had three player run for over 100 yards, and gained 394 yards rushing as a team.
Tech averaged 7.6 yards per carry on 51 attempts.
Sophomore defensive end Eli Harold says, "It's a couple of plays in the game that determines the outcome of the game. That's how it was. We gave up a few big plays, man. If we could just take those plays back, the outcome would have been different."
"It's incredibly frustrating," says senior defensive end Jake Snyder, "just because we know how good of a team we have, we know the talent we have, and schemes we have are in place for us to win, and we just haven't put it all together."
Virginia will be back at home next Saturday, as they host #9 Clemson at 3:30 PM.
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