UVA Football Crushes William & Mary 52-17 in Mike London's Return
The UVa football team scored early and often Friday night in a 52-17 win over William & Mary. The 'Hoos scored on offense, defense and special teams.
Joe Reed caught a 40-yard touchdown pass and returned a kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown.
Bryce Perkins threw for two touchdowns and ran for a third helping Virginia build a 35-3 halftime lead.
Virginia cornerback Nick Grant had an 85-yard interception return for touchdown in the first quarter which was a back-breaker for the Tribe.
Virginia freshman running back Mike Hollins ran for a career-high 78 yards on 11 carries and two touchdowns.
"I was pleased with the scoring in multiple phases," says Broncon Mendenhall. "Our defense adjusted and played really well in relation to a very challenging scheme and had to work extra to be prepared. We saw and had a chance to evaluate quite a few of our depth players, which, to do well in our league from beginning to end, they are going to have to have a role. I liked what I saw from Brennan Armstrong at quarterback. I liked what I saw from Mike Hollins at running back."
Virginia improves to 2-0 with the win and plays host to Florida State next week.
UVA is 30-6-1 all-time against William & Mary
UVA is 24-4 all-time against William & Mary at hom
UVA scored 21 points in the first quarter for the first time since the 2018 Ohio game in Nashville
UVA’s 35 points in the first half are tied for No. 9 all-time for the first half in UVA history.
UVA scored in all three phases of the game (offense, defense, special teams) for the first time since Sept. 21, 2002 against Akron.
Virginia scored 50+ points in a game for the first time since beating Temple in 2005, 51-3.
Virginia has scored on each of its opening drives in the first and second halves in both games this season. At Pitt UVA scored field goals in its opening possessions of each half. Against William & Mary, UVA tallied touchdowns.
UVA’s defense has not allowed an offensive touchdown in 10 of the last 12 quarters played.
UVA did not punt in a game for the first time since 1989 against Duke.
UVA had four collegiate debuts against William & Mary. OG Tyler Fannin, WR Jalen Harrison, OLB Jairus Satiu**, DE Ben Smiley II**
• QB Bryce Perkins finished with 68 rushing yards, making him the 44th Cavalier in program history to rush for 1,000 yards in a career.
- With 192 passing yards, Perkins now has 3,053 career passing yards. He is the fastest Cavalier to 3,000 career passing yards and 1,000 career rushing yards (15 games), breaking Shawn Moore’s previous record of 31 games.
- Perkins was intercepted for the first time in 2019, breaking his FBS-leading active streak for most passes (145) without an interception.
- Perkins has thrown multiple touchdowns in 14-of-15 career games for the Cavaliers.
- CB Nick Grant collected his first career interception in the first quarter. He returned it 85 yards for a touchdown. It was the third-longest return in UVA program history.
- Grant’s interception for a touchdown was the first by a Cavalier since Quin Blanding returned one 58 yards against Duke in 2017.
- WR Joe Reed had a 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in the second quarter, tying the program record for longest kick return for a touchdown. He is the fourth Cavalier to return a kick 100 yards for a touchdown and first since Marquis Week in 2004 against North Carolina.
- Reed extends his UVA career record for kick returns for a touchdown to four.
- With two kick returns for a TD in 2017 and one in 2018, Reed is the only UVA player to return a kick for a touchdown in three separate seasons.
- WR Terrell Chatman finished the game with a career-high three receptions. He hauled in his first Virginia touchdown on a 15-yard scoring strike from Bryce Perkins. It was the second career touchdown of Chatman’s career. He tallied one last year against UTSA for Arizona State.
- WR Billy Kemp IV had a career-long 18-yard punt return in the first quarter.
- Kemp made his first career reception in the second quarter on a 15-yard haul.
- TB PK Kier had a career-long rush of 18 yards in the first quarter.
- TB Mike Hollins rushed for his first career touchdown in the third quarter on his first career rush. He is the first Cavalier to accomplish that feat since Jordan Ellis in 2015 against William & Mary.
- WR Hayden Mitchell made his first career catch in the fourth quarter. The reception went for 28 yards.