GAMEDAY College Football

Virginia 34, Richmond 17

By HANK KURZ Jr.
AP Sports Writer

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - Brennan Armstrong threw for two touchdowns and ran for another and Virginia opened the Tony Elliott coaching era with a 34-17 victory against Richmond.

Armstrong hit Lavel Davis Jr. on a 56-yard touchdown for the Cavaiers' first score and Perris Jones for 11 yards to make it 34-17 early in the fourth quarter. On a career-long 64-yard scoring run in the first half, Armstrong also passed Bryce Perkins (7,910) to become Virginia's career total offense leader.

Savon Smith scored on an 8-yard run and caught a 5-yard pass from Maryland transfer Reece Udinski for the Spiders' touchdowns. Richmond, of the Colonial Athletic Association and Championship Subdivision, fell to 3-30-2 in the series.

Armstrong finished 21 of 33 for 246 yards and ran for 105 yards on 10 carries. Jones, who ran for 104 yards, also scored on a 15-yard run, and Mike Hollins had a 3-yard scoring burst. Virginia gained 246 passing and 259 rushing.

Richmond finished with 330 yards.

Armstrong reached 8,071 career yards.

THE TAKEAWAY

Richmond: The Spiders were crisp on their opening scoring drive, with Udinski completing all six of his passes and Smith capping it with consecutive hard runs of nine and eight yards, but the bigger Cavaliers adjusted defensively.

Virginia: Elliott has repeatedly said he wants a more balanced offense after the Cavaliers did almost all their damage through the air last year, and Armstrong is clearly a big part of that, too. Many of his runs appeared by design, including the 64-yarder, the longest of his career, when he high-stepped to avoid a tackle near the line of scrimmage, then took off with an escort down the right sideline.


Scoring Summary
First Quarter RichUVa
Rich TD 6:27 Savon Smith 8 yard TD run (Jake Larson Extra Point) 7 0
UVa TD 5:56 Lavel Davis Jr. 56 yard TD pass from Brennan Armstrong (Brendan Farrell Extra Point) 7 7
UVa TD 0:05 Perris Jones 15 yard TD run (Brendan Farrell Extra Point) 7 14
Second Quarter RichUVa
UVa TD 13:00 Brennan Armstrong 64 yard TD run (Brendan Farrell Extra Point) 7 21
Rich FG 9:36 Jake Larson 45 yard field goal 10 21
UVa TD 4:17 Mike Hollins 3 yard TD run (Brendan Farrell Extra Point) 10 28
Third Quarter RichUVa
Rich TD 10:51 Savon Smith 5 yard TD pass from Reece Udinski (Jake Larson Extra Point) 17 28
Fourth Quarter RichUVa
UVa TD 11:51 Perris Jones 11 yard TD pass from Brennan Armstrong (Brendan Farrell Kick Failed) 17 34
Team Stats
  Richmond Virginia
First downs 19 28
  Rushing 9 11
  Passing 9 14
  Penalty 1 3
3rd Down Efficiency 4-13, 31% 7-11, 64%
4th down efficiency 0-2, 0% 0-0, -%
Rushes-Yards 35-170 41-259
Passing Yards 155 246
Return Yards 15 75
Completions-Attempts-Int 22-33-0 21-33-1
Sacks-Yards Lost 2-6 1-4
Punts 5 3
Fumbles Lost 0-0 1-1
Penalties - Yards 4-55 7-55
Richmond Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
R. Udinski 22 33 155 1 0
Virginia Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
B. Armstrong 21 33 246 2 1
Richmond Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
S. Smith 13 88 6.8 1
A. Dykes 17 76 4.5 0
R. Udinski 5 6 1.2 0
Virginia Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
B. Armstrong 9 105 11.7 1
P. Jones 19 104 5.5 1
X. Brown 4 25 6.3 0
M. Hollins 8 24 3.0 1
J. Woolfolk 1 1 1.0 0
Richmond Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
J. Williams 8 62 7.8 0
J. Herres 3 29 9.7 0
S. Smith 4 26 6.5 1
L. Henley 5 24 4.8 0
A. Dykes 1 9 9.0 0
N. DeGennaro 1 5 5.0 0
Virginia Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
L. Davis Jr. 4 89 22.3 1
K. Thompson 4 55 13.8 0
D. Wicks 6 47 7.8 0
B. Kemp IV 3 25 8.3 0
P. Jones 2 14 7.0 1
G. Misch 1 11 11.0 0
L. Wentz 1 5 5.0 0
Richmond Interceptions
Player Int Yards
A. Banks 1 0
Virginia Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Richmond Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
A. Trusler 5 212 42.4
Virginia Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
D. Sparks 3 146 48.7
Richmond Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Virginia Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
B. Kemp IV 2 1 0.5
Richmond Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
A. Dykes 1 15 15.0
Virginia Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
M. Hollins 3 74 24.7
Richmond Missed FG
Player Length
J. Larson 48
Virginia Missed FG
Player Length




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