CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Virginia is now bowl eligible after beating North Carolina in Charlottesville Saturday 31 to 21 in ‘The South’s Oldest Rivalry.’
The Cavaliers (6-2 overall) are also now in sole possession of first place in the Atlantic Coast Conference’s Coastal Division at 4-1. Virginia was tied for the division lead with Virginia Tech until the Hokies lost Thursday to Georgia Tech, a team the Cavs will play on Nov. 17.
Virginia was able to capitalize on the success of its dual-threat quarterback Brice Perkins, who rushed for nearly 150 yards and passed for over 200-yards. He also scored a touchdown on the ground and had three TD’s through the air, leading the Cavs to 425 yards of total offense.
Virginia got things starts in the first half when it scored on the first drive of the game before UNC tied it up 7 to 7. UVA would take the lead though when Perkins found wide receiver Joe Reed on 27-yard pass. That, plus a Brian Delaney field goal put UVA up 17 to 7.
Virginia would score 14 points in the second half. And while North Carolina had chances to chip away at the Cavs lead, the Tarheels could only muster 7-points in the fourth quarter against a UVA defense that played very well. holding UNC (1-6 overall) to under 100-yards rushing for the first time this season.
UNC would run 11 fewer plays on offense and had the ball almost 20-minutes less than UVA in time of possession, 20:55 compared to 39:05.
UVA will next play Pittsburgh at home on Friday, November 2. UNC will be back at home next Saturday in Chapel Hill to take on George Tech.
The Cavaliers and the Tar Heels have met on the football field for 123 consecutive years, dating back to 1892. It is the reason for the nickname of the game, ‘The South’s Oldest Rivalry.’