CHARLOTTESVILLE, V.A. (WVIR) - Virginia quarterback Bryce Perkins threw two touchdown passes and rushed for another as the Cavaliers ran past Liberty 55-27 on Saturday at Scott Stadium.
UVa had 227 yards on the ground as a team, and PK Kier, Lamont Atkins, and Mike Hollis all found the endzone.
The touchdowns for Kier and Atkins were the first of their careers.
“I ran in there, got the ball, and my boy, PK, made a really good block for me," says Atkins. “I got in the endzone, and I was like, ‘Wait a minute, I’m in the endzone now.’ Every one was really excited for me, being my first touchdown. It was one of the best feelings I ever had.”
Kier says, “We were all having fun out there, and encouraging each other. When you play as one, that happens. If we keep doing that, we can be something special out there.”
Joe Reed, Terrell Jana, and freshman Dontayvion Wicks all had receiving touchdowns.
Wicks’ touchdown came on a pass from backup quarterback Brennan Armstrong with 1:58 left in the game, and was the first of his career.
The Cavaliers racked up 499 yards of total offense, and they did not have any turnovers.
Junior De’Vante Cross had two interceptions for the 'Hoos.
Virginia improves to 8-3 overall, and has a chance to win the ACC’s Coastal Division with a win over rival Virginia Tech in the regular season finale.
“Every goal that we had set at the beginning of the season is still available," says head coach Bronco Mendenhall. "There aren’t many of the 130 Division I football programs that have every goal that they set still available going into the last week of the regular season.”
Senior defensive tackle Eli Hanback adds, "Since I’ve been here, every year we’ve gotten one game better. So last year we did seven, and now we’ve gotten to eight, so it just shows the evolution of our program, and where we’re headed as a culture, and a program, so it’s nice to be a part of that growth.”
The 'Hoos and Hokies kickoff at noon on Friday at Scott Stadium in a game televised by ABC.