CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Kurt Benkert knew the sport was in his palms, at the same time as a gradual rain saved falling and the clocked ticked all the way down to inside three minutes to play.

On a day when the quarterback struggled at occasions along with his accuracy, and his receivers struggled hanging onto the ball, every little thing got here collectively, culminating in Benkert’s 27-yard landing go with 1:22 remaining to provide Virginia a 40-36 victory towards Georgia Tech, and bowl eligibility for the primary time since 2011.

“It was beautiful,” Benkert, who threw three landing pbades, stated of the 64-yard march in 5 performs. “It was a lot of fun to be a part of, just guys looking at you in the eyes and knowing that you’re ready to go and vice versa and just believing, truly believing, that we could do it and we could pull it off.”

The victory got here after Georgia Tech had coated 90 yards in 9 performs and went forward on a 33-yard landing go with Three:10 remaining, and it left Cavaliers coach Bronco Mendenhall with out a lot voice left. He made sure, although, that he had sufficient to share his admiration for the best way his crew bounced again.

“I’m not sure there’s anything that feels better than this right now,” he stated.

The Cavaliers (6-Three, Three-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) got here into the sport having misplaced two in a row, each in lopsided trend.

“They decided that they wanted to be different and play different than they had the last two weeks,” Mendenhall stated.

On the ultimate drive, after a brief kickoff set the Cavaliers up at their 36, Benkert hit Olamide Zaccheaus for 19 yards on a primary play. Benkert ran for 5 yards, then hit Jordan Ellis with a go for 5 extra. An Eight-yard reference to Doni Dowling adopted, after which the landing to Levrone, who was in one-on-one protection.

“We’ve been on the opposite end of that way too many times since I’ve been here,” stated Benkert, a switch from East Carolina, “and just to have that opportunity, to come over the hump of six wins and to do it in that fashion, I don’t think you could have put together a better storybook ending for that game.”

Unless, in fact, you have been within the different locker room. Georgia Tech (Four-Four, Three-Three) scored on the primary two performs from scrimmage within the second half, opening a 28-13 lead and gorgeous those who braved the chilly rain, however then allowed Benkert and the Cavaliers to start mounting their comeback instantly.

“It was a killer; we let them drive down the field and score,” Yellow Jackets coach Paul Johnson stated.

When Georgia Tech went forward late, quarterback TaQuon Marshall twice saved the drive alive by working the ball on third down, the second time to get to Virginia’s 33. On the subsequent play, he discovered Ricky Jeune on a slant route and the extensive receiver took it untouched into the top zone. A two-point conversion run by Marshall made the rating 36-33, stopping Virginia from profitable with the sector purpose, however the Cavaliers did not want one as Benkert accomplished all 4 of his pbades on the profitable drive.

His landing go to Levrone was his third of the day and the second for the tandem. Levrone additionally caught a 34-yarder, and Doni Dowling caught a 28-yarder.

After halftime, Marshall ran 78 yards on their first play from scrimmage. Virginia began at its 25 after the following kickoff, and Benkert’s go for Zaccheaus as an alternative discovered center linebacker Bruce Jordan-Willing, who returned it 27 yards for a landing. Only 35 seconds had come off the clock and it was 28-13.

After Virginia went forward within the closing minutes, the Yellow Jackets drove to the Cavaliers’ 37, however on fourth down, Marshall was flushed from the pocket, scrambled towards his personal sideline and threw a go towards nobody specifically that landed out of bounds, setting off a celebration at Scott Stadium.


Georgia Tech: The Yellow Jackets proceed to thrive on mbadive performs. Through three quarters, they’d 290 yards of offense, however 161 of them got here on three performs — pbades of 49 and 34 yards by Marshall and the quarterback’s 78-run to open the second half. They completed with 399 yards to Virginia’s 357.

Virginia: The Cavaliers made a pleasant restoration after two consecutive lopsided losses. Coach Bronco Mendenhall stated he addressed bowl eligibility for the primary time this week, then advised his crew the one method they have been going to make it occur was by getting again to doing issues the best way they did earlier in profitable 5 of their first six.


The Yellow Jackets return house to face Virginia Tech in a recreation that may very well be key within the Coastal Division race.

Virginia goes again on the street to face Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson and Louisville.


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