Virginia’s offense was the story in a negative way on Saturday against North Carolina, as they went three-and-out five times and managed 253 yards over the course of a 35-14 loss to the Tar Heels.
North Carolina led 14-7 at halftime after a 40-yard touchdown pass from Mitch Trubisky to Bug Howard with less than three minutes left in the second quarter. The Hoos (2-5) tied things with a swinging gate that went for a touchdown on fourth down, via a touchdown pass to Evan Butts from senior backup quarterback Matt Johns.
A third-quarter fumble recovery from Micah Kiser was for naught, as the Cavaliers went 16 yards in five plays and were forced to punt. Trubisky hit Thomas Jackson from 10 yards out on the Heels’ ensuing possession to go up 21-7.
A botched handoff from Kurt Benkert to Smoke Mizzell in the third quarter helped lead to another insurance score for UNC. Mizzell found paydirt with nine minutes left to make the margin a bit closer, before another Trubisky touchdown, this time to Austin Proehl, pushed the Heels’ lead back to 21.
Before being taken out for the fourth quarter, Benkert went 19-32 with 126 yards and no touchdowns or interceptions.
The loss deals a likely fatal blow to UVa’s already-slim bowl hopes, as they will hope to find four wins between Louisville, Wake Forest, Miami, Georgia Tech, and Virginia Tech.
The Hoos have now lost seven straight games in the South’s Oldest Rivalry, including four in a row at Scott Stadium.