First Down: UVA Finds New Hope

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.-- Virginia football is back in the win column. The Cavaliers beat Georgia Tech 27-21 to move to 3-5 on the season. HooNation.com has quick reaction from Scott Stadium and takes a closer look at the win.

Virginia football has found new hope. The Cavaliers recorded its third win of the season on Saturday after beating Georgia Tech 27-21. The 'Hoos' defense came up big for the Cavaliers in the win-stopping the Georgia Tech triple option and ground attack. 

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GAME BALL: The game ball goes to UVA safety Quin Blanding. He tied a career high of 15 tackles and he also had the pass break up which ended Georgia Tech's last drive  

THEY SAID IT: “There are a lot of elated guys in that locker room," said UVA Head Coach Mike London after the game.  "It’s great when you can play a close game against a tough opponent and come out on the winning end. We did some good things out there today, but we also did things that didn’t work to our advantage. Again, we found a way to win a tight game in the end. I’m happy for the players in that locker room that went through that because it shows that you can overcome things and not have that ‘here we go again’ mentality.”

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THEY SAID IT: “We all just did our assignment. Everyone just does their job," said linebacker Micah Kiser.  "We’ll take them out of the run game. We pretty much did that today. Only 150 yards rushing and (a lot) came on one play. I think we did pretty well out there.”

“Everyone is always asking ‘what is the locker room like?’ This group stays positive. We needed it," added UVA quarterback Matt Johns. "We needed to get this win. We knew if we did what the coaches asked and played smart football, we would get it. Sometimes penalties like that will hurt you, but at the end of the day that’s football and you just have to limit them. I thought that we played smart football today and it was a big bounce back for us.”

BY THE NUMBERS: 144-Georgia Tech rushing yards, 233- UVA's rushing yards, the most this season. 33- the number of times the Yellow Jackets 3- red zone opportunities, 2 -field goals and onle 1 touchdown in the red zone. 

RELATED: Numbers Game: Georgia Tech 21, UVA 27

WHATS NEXT:  UVA will travel to Coral Gables to face Miami on Satuday. Kickoff is set at 3 P.M. 


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