No. 21 UVa Rallies to Beat Old Dominion 28-17 at Scott Stadium
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - The No. 21 Virginia football team trailed 17-0 in the first half against Old Dominion, but the Cavaliers rallied to beat the Monarchs 28-17 on Saturday night at Scott Stadium.
ODU out-gained the 'Hoos 224-66 in Total Yards in the 1st half, and held an 18:54 to 11:06 advantage in Time of Possession.
Bryce Perkins got UVa its first points of the game on an 8-yard touchdown run on 4th-and-2 in the 2nd quarter, but they were still down 17-7 at halftime.
Head coach Bronco Mendenhall says, "There's an occasional time I might say something here or there, and at halftime I think all I said was, 'Now that that's over, we'll start playing.' I don't believe in giant speeches, nor do I think they work. It's just my approach."
Wide receiver Joe Reed adds, “It’s nothing we haven’t been through before. This is the third game now we’ve been down at half. So it’s just going in at the half, making some adjustments and coming out playing stronger.”
Junior linebacker Zane Zandier started off the 2nd half by returning an interception 22 yards for a touchdown.
Zandier says, “We are such a strong team altogether, offense, defense and special teams, but we do take pride as a defense in making as many plays as we can, and affect the game as much as we possibly can, so scoring shouldn’t be out of the ordinary for us.”
After UVa stopped ODU short of the line to gain on a 4th-and-1 attempt at their own 29 yard line in the 4th quarter, Wayne Taulapapa scored a 7-yard touchdown to give the Cavaliers their first lead of the game.
Joe Reed added a 25 yard touchdown reception with 7:33 remaining to seal the come-from-behind victory.
Mendenhall says, "All kinds of learning experiences for our program. Playing from behind is a challenge. We pulled off the comeback, which is way better than the alternative."
With the win, Virginia improves to 4-0 for the first time since 2004, when the Wahoos won their first five games.
UVa (4-0, 2-0 ACC) will be back in action next Saturday, as the Cavaliers travel to face No. 7 Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana.
The Fighting Irish lost 23-17 at No. 3 Georgia on Saturday night.
Virginia and Notre Dame (2-1) will kickoff on Saturday at 3:30 on NBC 29.