Benkert Breaks Program Passing Record; UVa Football Falls 34-17 against Indiana

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The UVa football team dropped to 1-1 with the 34-17 loss against Indiana The UVa football team dropped to 1-1 with the 34-17 loss against Indiana

Virginia quarterback Kurt Benkert broke the program record with sixty-six pass attempts against Indiana on Saturday, but the UVa football team lost 34-17 against the Hoosiers at Scott Stadium.

Benkert completed 39 of his career-high 66 attempts, with one touchdown, and no interceptions. 

Junior wide receiver Olamide Zaccheaus has a game-high 12 catches for 72 yards.

The Cavaliers were held to just 55 yards rushing, and they averaged 2.2 yards per carry, after averaging more than four-yards per rush in the season opening win against William & Mary.

Virginia scored first with a 22-yard field goal from freshman A.J. Mejia in the 2nd quarter, but Indiana scored seventeen unanswered points to lead 17-3 at halftime.

The teams traded touchdowns in the 3rd and 4th quarters, and a 44 yard punt return for a TD by the Hoosiers with 5:56 remaining sealed the victory.

Head coach Bronco Mendenhall says, "Very disappointed in the punt return.  That was a critical juncture in the game.  They executed that really well.  Their punting game, and their taking advantage of short field, I thought was the difference."   

"We got to start fast, and we got to convert on third down," says Benkert.  "We got to put ourselves in first down and better third down situations.  There were some chemistry things going on, that we were sharp all week, and it just didn't jell into fruition today."  

The Indiana offense was held in check for most of the first half, until the Hoosiers replaced senior quarterback Richard Lagow with freshman Peyton Ramsey.

Senior linebacker Micah Kiser says, "We completely took them our of their gameplan, in all seriousness.  They have to scrap what they had going.  If we could get more sustained drives, that would definitely help us out.  We need to score when we get the ball."

Va (1-1) will be back at home against UConn next Saturday, with the kickoff set for noon.