UVA Running Back Taquan Mizzell Made it His Mission to Beat Cuse

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.-- Virginia running back Taquan Mizzell led the Wahoos to their first win in the ACC on Saturday. Mizzell discusses the win and what it means for this team.

Just over five minutes in the second quarter, Taquan Mizzell fumbled the ball that led to Antwan Cordy 44-yard touchdown. It was the first score of the game. 

"It was a defensive game. It was 0-0 and I gave him the first touchdown," said Mizzell. 

"You could tell after that fumble he was really angry," Virginia quarterback Matt Johns said, "and you could tell by the way he was running. I was just so proud of him, the way he bounced back and scored two touchdowns. Good for him. I'm happy for him." 

Mizzell definitely made it his mission to help the Cavaliers bounce back. The junior running back led the team with 58 yards rushing and two touchdowns on 13 carries, and had a career-high ten receptions for 69 yards. 

"I just wanted my coaches and team to keep believing in me, because they know I was angry and I just wanted to make plays for the team," said Mizzell. 

Mizzell added that the Wahoos "were tired" of losing close games this year, and wanted to use this game as a turning point. Smoke discusses the 44-38 triple overtime win in more detail in the video above. 


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