NCAAF Game Recap - Georgia Tech at Virginia
Sat Nov 9, 2019 12:30 PM EST

LSU
46
Ala
41
F
MD
14
OHSt
73
F
Clem
55
NCSt
10
F
PSU
26
Minn
31
F
Mizzu
0
UGA
27
F
IASt
41
Okla
42
F
Vand
0
Fla
56
F
Bayl
29
TCU
23
F(2OT)
ND
38
Duke
7
F
Iowa
22
Wisc
24
F
UConn
3
Cin
48
F
K St
24
Tex
27
F
Wyo
17
Boise
20
F OT
Wake
17
VaTec
36
F
ECU
51
SMU
59
F
Nev
17
SDSU
13
F
Kent
33
Toled
35
F
Ball
31
WestMI
35
F
MiaOH
24
Ohio
21
F
ULLaf
48
CoCar
7
F
Temp
17
SoFL
7
F
UCF
31
Tuls
34
F
Wash
19
OreSt
7
F
Purd
24
NW
22
F
W Ky
45
Ark
19
F
TxTch
38
WVU
17
F
FlaSt
38
BC
31
F
UMass
7
Army
63
F
GATec
28
UVA
33
F
UTSA
24
OD
23
F
SoAl
28
TxSt
30
F
Char
28
UTEP
21
F
Stan
13
Colo
16
F
GaSo
28
Troy
49
F
USC
31
AzSt
26
F
UAB
2
SMiss
37
F
Ill
37
MSU
34
F
Lou
27
MiaFL
52
F
NMSt
3
Miss
41
F
NorTx
17
LaTec
52
F
GASt
31
ULMon
45
F
FLInt
7
FlAtl
37
F
UtSt
37
Fres
35
F
WaSt
20
Cal
33
F
App
20
SCar
15
F
Lib
24
BYU
31
F
Tenn
17
KY
13
F
SJSU
40
Hawaii
42
F

Nov 9, 2019, 12:30 PM EST

Final

1

2

3

4

T

Georgia Tech (2-7)

14

7

0

7

28

Virginia (7-3)

14

10

0

9

33

Perkins, Taulapapa lead Virginia past Georgia Tech, 33-28
Sat Nov 9, 2019 5:20 PM

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) Bryce Perkins loves that new playmakers are emerging for Virginia, making their best playmaker - Perkins himself - even more effective.

The senior quarterback threw for one touchdown and ran for another as the Cavaliers shut down Georgia Tech after halftime in a 33-28 victory Saturday.

"It's incredible, especially hard on defensive coordinators trying to scheme personnel-wise for players," Perkins said after throwing for 258 yards and running for 106 more, his second consecutive game with over 100 yards on the ground. "The more we can get guys going, the more difficult it's going to be."

Perkins completed 24 of 35 attempts and hit six different receivers, led by Terrell Jana with nine catches for 108 yards. Jana caught 13 passes for 146 yards a week ago in a victory against North Carolina, giving him 22 receptions in two weeks after he'd managed only 31 in the first eight games.

"He's reliable and he's always in the right spot," Perkins said. "I just have a connection with him just knowing where he's going to be at most of the time."

Perkins also hit Billy Kemp with a critical third-down pass as the Cavaliers ran the last 5:30 off the clock to ice the game.

The game was also a coming out party of sorts for Tavares Kelly, who replaced a banged up Joe Reed returning kickoffs and gained 129 yards on five returns. He brought one back 40 yards to midfield to set up the last touchdown drive of the first half and had a 38-yarder in the second half.

"TK is an explosive player so I'm glad he's getting his footing in the game," Jana said. "We've seen him do things in practice that I haven't seen anybody do so if he can keep showing that in games and keep making plays I know he can make, it's going to be an exciting season."

Wayne Taulapapa ran for two touchdowns for the Cavaliers (7-3, 5-2 Atlantic Coast Conference), who maintained their perch atop the Coastal Division. Virginia has a bye week ahead and then a home game against Liberty before closing the regular season at home against Virginia Tech, which has won the last 15 meetings.

James Graham threw for two touchdowns and ran for a third for the Yellow Jackets (2-7, 1-5). Jordan Mason ran for 94 yards, including an 8-yard touchdown run that pulled Georgia Tech with 33-28 with 5:30 to play, but Virginia managed a pair of third-down conversions on the ensuing drive and ran out the clock.

First-year Yellow Jackets coach Geoff Collins was emotional after the game.

"To come out and play at a really, really high level and fall short is painful," he said. "I hurt for them. I hurt for the coaching staff."

Perkins hit Joe Reed for a 9-yard touchdown and scored on a 3-yard run, giving Virginia a 24-21 lead just before halftime. The Cavaliers touchdown came on a four-play drive that included a 43-yard run by Perkins from midfield. It came immediately after Georgia Tech stopped the Cavaliers on a fourth-and-4 play and then drove 65 yards on three completions - the last a 25-yarder to Malachi Carter - to take a 21-17 lead 44 seconds before halftime.

"It was a huge play and I feel like Bryce kind of bailed me out," Mendenhall said, second-guessing his decision to try for the fourth down play.

Graham finished 15 of 22 for a career high 229 yards. Earlier, Graham hit Ahmarean Brown for a 59-yard score on the opening series of the game.

THE TAKEAWAY

Georgia Tech: Graham came into the day having completed just 43.4% of his passes but showed far more effectiveness against the Cavaliers' depleted secondary, which has lost six players for the season to injury. Graham's 59-yard touchdown throw to Brown on the opening series represented more yardage than he managed all last week against Pittsburgh, when he was just 3 of 13 for 57 yards.

Virginia: Besides his kickoff returns, Kelly caught two passes for 46 yards, including a 35-yarder on a third-and-2 play from the Virginia 37 on a drive then ended with Brian Delaney's second field goal. Reed, who has five career kickoff return touchdowns, including two this season, remains 11 yards shy of 3,000 career kickoff return yards.

UP NEXT

Georgia Tech begins a three-game homestand to close the regular season against Virginia Tech next Saturday.

Virginia has a bye week before facing Liberty in the middle game of the three-game homestand.

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Passing

GATec Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
J. Graham 22 15 68.2 2 229 59 1 113.6
UVA Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
B. Perkins 35 24 68.6 1 258 35 0 99.5

Rushing

GATec Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
J. Mason 19 94 4.9 28 1
J. Graham 8 42 5.3 13 1
UVA Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
B. Perkins 21 106 5.0 43 1
W. Taulapapa 10 37 3.7 11 2

Receiving

GATec Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
A. Brown 1 59 59.0 59 1
T. Davis 3 54 18.0 38 0
UVA Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
T. Jana 9 108 12.0 25 0
B. Kemp IV 4 51 12.8 18 0

Fumbles

Returning

GATec KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
J. Howard Jr. 1 17.0 0 17 0 - 0 0
UVA KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
T. Kelly Jr. 5 25.8 0 40 0 - 0 0
B. Kemp IV 0 - 0 0 3 3.0 0 10

Punting

GATec Punt Yds Avg LgPu
P. Harvin III 4 151 37.8 53
UVA Punt Yds Avg LgPu
N. Griffin 3 118 39.3 45

Takeaways

UVA Int Yds InTD
J. Blount 1 37 0

Team Stats Comparison

GATec UVA
Points For 28 33
Total Yards 372 413
Rushing Yards 143 155
Passing Yards 229 258
Passing Completions / Attempts 15/22 24/35
Turnovers 1 0
Interceptions Thrown 1 0
Fumbles - Lost 0/0 0/0
First Downs 19 25
Penalties - Yards 6/51 6/49
Time Of Possession 46:46 14:14
Third Down Conversions/Attempts 3/9 9/16
Fourth Down Conversions/Attempts 1/1 0/1
Punts - Average Yards 4/38 3/39

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter GATec UVA
GATec 1:41 TD Ahmarean Brown 59 yd pass from James Graham (Wesley Wells kick) 7 0
UVA 6:21 TD Wayne Taulapapa 2 yd run (Brian Delaney kick) 7 7
GATec 9:51 TD James Graham 5 yd run (Wesley Wells kick) 14 7
UVA 13:10 TD Joe Reed 9 yd pass from Bryce Perkins (Brian Delaney kick) 14 14
2nd Quarter GATec UVA
UVA 4:24 FG Brian Delaney 24 yd FG 14 17
GATec 14:16 TD Malachi Carter 25 yd pass from James Graham (Wesley Wells kick) 21 17
UVA 14:49 TD Bryce Perkins 3 yd run (Brian Delaney kick) 21 24
3rd Quarter GATec UVA
No scores this quarter
4th Quarter GATec UVA
UVA 1:28 FG Brian Delaney 34 yd FG 21 27
UVA 4:03 TD Wayne Taulapapa 3 yd run (failed 2pt pass) 21 33
GATec 9:30 TD Jordan Mason 8 yd run (Wesley Wells kick) 28 33

Game Information

Stadium: David A. Harrison III Field at Scott Stadium, Charlottesville, Virginia
Attendance: 44,596
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