Bryce Perkins Leads UVA to Season Opening Win at Pittsburgh 30-14
PITTSBURGH, Pa. (WVIR) - The Virginia Cavaliers rallied from a halftime deficit to beat Pittsburgh 30-14 Saturday night at Heinz Field in the season opener.
Virginia quarterback Bryce Perkins threw two touchdown passes and kicker Brian Delaney booted three field goals.
"The program just looks more seasoned," said UVa coach Bronco Mendenhall after the game. "There weren't the wild ups and the wild downs and the crazy miscues and thing were you'd say why did he do that or holy cow did he just do that. There wasn't much of that. It just looks like we're maturing and we're a more seasoned program."
Perkins completed 20-of-34 passes for 181 yards. He also ran for 44 yards and didn't have an interception.
Virginia trailed 14-13 at halftime but then built a 23-14 lead in the third quarter on a Perkins pass to Hasise Dubois.
The Cavaliers iced the game in the final seconds with a touchdown run from Wayne Taulapapa, the first of his career.
"The relatively clean nature in which we played the game and then coming back from a deficit and then finishing with running the football into the end zone when we had to to run out the clock. That was refreshing," says Mendenhall. "The best teams can do that, that was a good sign."
Virginia will play its home opener Friday night against coach Mike London and William & Mary at 8pm.