Virginia football falls 41-23 at No. 1 Clemson

Virginia football falls 41-23 at No. 1 Clemson
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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - The Virginia football team lost its first road game of the season, as the Cavaliers fell 41-23 at #1 Clemson on Saturday night.

Quarterback Brennan Armstrong completed 24-of-43 passes for 270 yards, with three touchdowns and two interceptions.

The sophomore QB also carried the ball 22 times for a game-high 89 yards.

“He did amazing," says head coach Bronco Mendenhall. "Brennan is tough mentally and physically. The stage wasn’t too big, the team wasn’t too good. I was really pleased with his mindset, his execution, his leadership. He did a really nice job.”

The Tigers jumped out to a 24-3 lead in the 1st half, but Terrell Jana caught a 23-yard TD pass with 0:41 left to cut the deficit to 14 at halftime.

Virginia got as close as 27-17 in the 3rd quarter, when backup quarterback Keyteon Thompson lined up at wide receiver, and pulled in a 3-yard touchdown pass from Thompson.

Clemson put the game away with back-to-back touchdowns, before UVA added a leaping TD catch by tight end Tony Poljan with 1:11 remaining to close the gap on the final score.

Trevor Lawrence completed 25-of-38 passes for 329 yards and three touchdowns for Clemson.

Seven Virginia players, and one coach, were unavailable for the game, after testing positive for COVID-19.

The positive tests were the first since July for the program.

Virginia (1-1, 1-1 ACC) will be back at home next Saturday against NC State, with the kickoff set for noon.

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