The Virginia Cavaliers (4-1) suffered their first loss of the season Saturday in South Bend, Indiana, as the Notre Dame Fighting Irish overwhelmed the UVA offensive line in the second half en route to a 35-20 victory.
Despite holding a 17-14 lead at the half and all the momentum in the game after successfully recovering an onside kick to begin the second half, Virginia failed to score with advantageous field position on three consecutive drives to start the 3rd quarter. Bryce Perkins was sacked 5 times in the 3rd quarter alone, two of which were forced fumbles that led to Notre Dame touchdowns.
UVA had a strong 1st half offensively, with Perkins going 18/22 for 235 yards and touchdown passes to Joe Reed and Hasise DuBois in the first half alone. The second half was a different story, with the Notre Dame defensive front applying overwhelming pressure on Perkins, and the UVA offense managed only 3 points in the second half. The UVA rushing game was virtually nonexistent, managing just four yards on the ground for the entire game.
Virginia, who entered the game ranked #18 in the country, dropped to #23 in the AP polls Sunday. UVA has a bye week before traveling to Miami Friday Oct. 11 at 8pm for a ACC Coastal showdown.
Postgame Live Analysis:
Host – Robb Dehney
Produced by Amelia Delphos
Recap Article by Matt Newton