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UVA football rallies to win 34-33 at Louisville

UVA quarterback Brennan Armstrong
UVA quarterback Brennan Armstrong(wvir)
Published: Oct. 9, 2021 at 6:58 PM EDT|Updated: Oct. 10, 2021 at 12:20 AM EDT
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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - The Virginia football team won on a missed field goal for the second week in a row, as the Cavaliers rallied to defeat Louisville 34-33 on Saturday at Cardinal Stadium.

UVA trailed by as many as 17 points in the 2nd half, but took the lead on a Brennan Armstrong to Grant Misch touchdown pass with 22-seconds remaining.

Louisville moved into position to try a game-winning 49-yard field goal, but the kick missed wide left as time expired.

In Virginia’s 30-28 victory at Miami last week, the Hurricanes hit the post on a potential game-winner on the final play of the game.

Armstrong completed 40-of-60 passes for 488 yards against Louisville, and the junior had three touchdowns, and two interceptions.

The Cavaliers only ran the ball 25 times for 34 yards in the contest.

UVA led 13-10 at halftime, but they were outscored 20-0 in the 3rd quarter, and trailed 30-13 heading into the 4th.

“I always think, ‘Why would you quit? Why would you just quit anything?’” says Armstrong. “You do all this work to go out and perform, and sometimes you don’t perform well, but why would you quit? It doesn’t all up in my head.”

A touchdown run by Keytaon Thompson, followed by a TD pass from Armstrong to Jelani Woods, cut the deficit to just three with 7:49 remaining.

Louisville pushed the lead to six on a 40 yard field goal by James Turner with 2:22, but the Cavaliers answered with a 12-play, 75-yard drive, which was capped off by the Armstrong to Misch TD with 22-seconds remaining.

Head coach Bronco Mendenhall says, “To Brennan’s credit, and our team’s credit, they just kept chipping, and clawing, and fighting, and coming back. They’re really resilient. We did prepare, starting on Monday, for this game to be the equivalent of a 15 round fight, with the referee holding both hands, and right at the end, someone’s hand is going up, and sure enough, that’s exactly how it came out.”

Virginia (4-2, 2-2 ACC) is scheduled to be back in action at home against Duke next Saturday, with the kickoff set for 12:30 PM.

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