GAMEDAY College Football

Virginia 42, Illinois 14

Associated Press

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - Brennan Armstrong threw for five touchdowns and became the third quarterback in program history to pass for over 400 yards as Virginia beat Illinois 42-14.

It snapped Virginia's 13-game losing streak in non-conference games against Power Five opponents.

Armstrong threw for 171 yards and two touchdowns in the opening quarter, connecting with tight end Jelani Woods for a 32-yard score and wide receiver Dontayvion Wicks from 28-yards out, for a 14-0 lead while many fans were still filing into the stadium for the unusual 11 a.m. kickoff.

Armstrong went 27 for 36 for 405 yards, joining Kurt Benkert (who did it twice) and Marc Verica as Virginia quarterbacks who surpassed 400 yards in a game.

Wicks finished with a pair of touchdown catches for Virginia (2-0).

Virginia's defense, coming off its first shutout since the 2018 Belk Bowl, sacked quarterback Artur Sitkowski three times.

Wide receiver Deuce Spann caught a 33-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter for the Illini (1-2), and running back Chase Brown capped the opening drive of the second half with a 21-yard scoring run.


Scoring Summary
First Quarter IllUVa
UVa TD 13:44 Jelani Woods 32 yard TD pass from Brennan Armstrong (Justin Duenkel Extra Point) 0 7
UVa TD 10:04 Dontayvion Wicks 28 yard TD pass from Brennan Armstrong (Justin Duenkel Extra Point) 0 14
Second Quarter IllUVa
Ill TD 11:09 Deuce Spann 33 yard TD pass from Artur Sitkowski (James McCourt Extra Point) 7 14
UVa TD 1:17 Dontayvion Wicks 6 yard TD pass from Brennan Armstrong (Justin Duenkel Extra Point) 7 21
Third Quarter IllUVa
Ill TD 12:59 Chase Brown 21 yard TD run (James McCourt Extra Point) 14 21
UVa TD 9:04 Billy Kemp IV 2 yard TD pass from Brennan Armstrong (Justin Duenkel Extra Point) 14 28
UVa TD 4:06 Keytaon Thompson 8 yard TD run (Justin Duenkel Extra Point) 14 35
Fourth Quarter IllUVa
UVa TD 6:02 Wayne Taulapapa 3 yard TD pass from Brennan Armstrong (Justin Duenkel Extra Point) 14 42
Team Stats
  Illinois Virginia
First downs 20 32
  Rushing 4 7
  Passing 12 19
  Penalty 4 6
3rd Down Efficiency 6-17, 35% 4-10, 40%
4th down efficiency 0-2, 0% 1-1, 100%
Rushes-Yards 27-116 33-133
Passing Yards 221 423
Return Yards 22 13
Completions-Attempts-Int 24-45-1 28-40-1
Sacks-Yards Lost 3-15 0-0
Punts 7 3
Fumbles Lost 1-1 1-1
Penalties - Yards 8-90 8-74
Illinois Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
A. Sitkowski 24 45 221 1 1
Virginia Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
B. Armstrong 27 36 405 5 1
D. Wicks 1 1 18 0 0
J. Woolfolk 0 1 0 0 0
I. Armstead 0 1 0 0 0
K. Thompson 0 1 0 0 0
Illinois Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
C. Brown 7 41 5.9 1
J. Norwood 4 35 8.8 0
J. McCray 7 33 4.7 0
C. Hayden 1 6 6.0 0
A. Sitkowski 7 2 0.3 0
R. Love III 1 -1 -1.0 0
Virginia Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
W. Taulapapa 10 35 3.5 0
B. Armstrong 5 31 6.2 0
K. Thompson 4 24 6.0 1
D. Darrington 4 24 6.0 0
M. Hollins 4 22 5.5 0
R. Walker Jr. 1 4 4.0 0
I. Armstead 4 -5 -1.3 0
Illinois Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
D. Campbell 2 43 21.5 0
I. Williams 5 41 8.2 0
D. Spann 1 33 33.0 1
C. Brown 4 28 7.0 0
P. Bryant 1 17 17.0 0
D. Barker 3 16 5.3 0
C. Washington 2 12 6.0 0
D. Navarro III 2 11 5.5 0
C. Sandy 1 7 7.0 0
R. Love III 1 5 5.0 0
J. Norwood 1 4 4.0 0
L. Ford 1 4 4.0 0
Virginia Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
J. Woods 5 122 24.4 1
R. Henry 3 74 24.7 0
D. Wicks 3 69 23.0 2
K. Thompson 5 68 13.6 0
B. Kemp IV 6 55 9.2 1
B. Armstrong 1 18 18.0 0
M. Hollins 2 11 5.5 0
D. Starling 1 3 3.0 0
W. Taulapapa 1 3 3.0 1
I. Armstead 1 0 0.0
0
Illinois Interceptions
Player Int Yards
K. Joseph 1 0
Virginia Interceptions
Player Int Yards
A. Johnson 1 0
Illinois Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
B. Hayes 7 300 42.9
Virginia Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
J. Finn 3 140 46.7
Illinois Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
D. Navarro III 2 22 11.0
Virginia Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
B. Kemp IV 4 13 3.3
Illinois Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Virginia Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Illinois Missed FG
Player Length
Virginia Missed FG
Player Length
J. Duenkel 46
J. Duenkel 31




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