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UVa Football Stuffed by Yellow Jackets

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The Virginia football team dropped its fifth game in a row Saturday, falling 35-25 against Georgia Tech, despite a career day from David Watford.  

The sophomore quarterback passed for a personal best 376 yards, the 4th highest total in program history.  

Watford completed 43 of his 61 pass attempts, which is the highest number of passes and completions in school history.  

Matt Schaub held the previous mark, with 41 completions on 58 attempts back in 2002.  

Darius Jennings and Tim Smith each had over one-hundred yards receiving.  

Jennings had thirteen catches, while Smith had ten, making them the first Cavalier duo to have ten or more receptions in the same game.

Watford says, "I don't feel like I was on, I just feel like my receivers made big plays for me.  I missed a lot of passes that I should have made, but my receivers just made me look good.  When you have a receiving corps like we have, we've been waiting for them to have a breakout game, and this was their breakout game."

"I've been working my butt off in practice, just putting forth my best effort," says Jennings.  "You can see the connection between Dave and the rest of the receivers out there."

Junior running back Kevin Parks adds, "Dave, heart of a lion, man.  The kid is playing good ball.  He's our leader.  We followed him today, and he played with his heart."  

One of the biggest plays of the game came on the final play of the first half.  

Trailing 14-10 with six seconds left and the ball at the two, the Wahoos tried to run it in, rather than attempt a pass, or kick a field goal.  

Parks was stuffed at the line.  

Head coach Mike London says with all the momentum, they had nothing to lose.

"We got down there, and obviously you could have kicked the field goal," says London, "but obviously, we're 2-5.  We got one yard to score.  Trying to score a touchdown.  The momentum, we did a great job of moving the ball down there, and we were trying to get it in there to score a touchdown."

Parks says, "I take the blame on me.  I got to punch it in, find a way, somehow get that ball in for my team.  Make a play for my team.  It may be a different ballgame after that."  

Virginia will host #9 Clemson next Saturday at 3:30 PM.

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