Off The Post! UVA football survives Miami 30-28
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - A potential game-winning 33 yard field goal for Miami hit the post as time expired, and the Virginia football team held on beat the Hurricanes 30-28 in South Florida on Thursday night.
UVA led wire-to-wire, and after the dramatic ending, the claimed their first win at Miami since 2011.
“It was a roller coaster of emotions,” says senior Mandy Alonso. “Just seeing the ball go up and hit the post, it was crazy. It was honestly surreal for me.”
Junior QB Brennan Armstrong says, “I’ve seen those plenty of times watching football, but I’ve never been in one of those, where it’s blocked, or missed, or one of those type of things. It was crazy. We stormed the field. We were running around. It was chaos.”
“Both teams lay it completely out there, and it comes down to one play at the end to decide an outcome,” says head coach Bronco Mendenhall. “I’m just grateful that one the road, against an ACC foe, this is the third year in a row (we’ve played here), and we’ve never won here, and this team deserves a lot of credit for that.”
The Cavaliers rushed for 181 yards on 35 carries as a team, and Wayne Taulapapa and Mike Hollins both ran for a touchdown.
Brennan Armstrong completed 25-of-44 passes for 268 yards, with one TD and one interception.
The touchdown pass went to Dontayvion Wicks in the 3rd quarter, as the sophomore made a catch on a batted ball while laying on his back in the endzone.
“Definitely one of the worst touchdowns I’ve ever thrown in my life,” says Armstrong. “Great play by Wicksy. I was like, ‘Holy smokes, that’s insane. Ok, we’ll take it.’ It was kind of wild.”
Billy Kemp IV led the team with nine catches for 81 yards.
The victory ends a two game losing streak for the ‘Hoos.
Virginia (3-2, 1-2 ACC) will be back in action at Louisville on October 9th.
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