'Mature' Wahoos Prepare for William & Mary Dual Threat Quarterback for Home Opener
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - The UVa football team walked off the field as winners Saturday night for the first time ever in the city of Pittsburgh.
The 'Hoos rallied from a halftime deficit to beat Pitt 30-14.
"I would say this year's team is probably our most mature team in terms of being composed when trailing," says UVA junior cornerback Nick Grant. "There really didn't need to be anything said in the lockeroom. There wasn't any rah rah speech. We knew what we needed to do, we knew what we needed to execute and we went out in the second half and made the plays we needed to make."
Virginia outscored Pittsburgh 17-0 in the second half. Bryce Perkins completed passes to seven different receivers including Joe Reed, who caught a career-high seven passes.
"We just have different guys who can do a lot of different things and are very explosive," says Reed. "We're ready for any DB corps. We have a lot of playmakers, a lot of threats so I think that was the message being sent."
Virginia faces Mike London and William & Mary on Friday in its home opener.
The Tribe is coming off a 30-17 win over Lafayette in its season opener.
Tribe quarterback Hollis Mathis became the first true-freshman to start a season opener for William & Mary. He responded by rushing for 127 yards, the most ever by a Tribe quarterback.
UVa coach Bronco Mendenhall says, "It's not triple-option but their approach is unique and diverse enough to where the challenge to be prepared in one week is difficult and they have a dynamic player at quarterback."
The Virginia players say they'll be prepared for a dual-threat quarterback.
"Since we got a lot of those same type of looks from Bryce Perkins in fall camp it definitely helps us," says defensive end Mandy Alonso. "We've seen something like that. We can game plan around a running quarterback."
Virginia and William & Mary kick off at 8pm Saturday at Scott Stadium televised by the ACC Network.