After leading 10-0 in the second quarter it looked like the Hoos might finally give UVa their first win of 2016, first road win since 2012, and first win of the Bronco Mendenhall era.
Then the UVa defense started giving UConn extra life via penalties and the UVa offense stalled for just about the rest of the game.
The Hoos would outgain the Huskies in all facets of the game throwing for 241 yards compared to UConn’s 154, and rushing for 140 to UConn’s 123. Unfortunately, the aspect of the game that UVa further outgained UConn was penalty yards. The Hoos were penalized 10 times for 91 yards, including multiple penalties over a UConn drive in the third quarter that would allow them to tie the game 10-10 with less than 8 minutes left in the 4th quarter.
UVa was ultimately not able to keep the Huskies off the scoreboard as they would go on an 8 play drive chewing up nearly three minutes that lead to a field goal.
The end of the game was everything UVa fans had hoped left with the Mike London regime. After working miracle play after miracle play, the Hoos looked like they would at least tie the game at 13 to force overtime. But a handoff, a spike, and a scramble from Benkert with no timeouts did not give the field goal team enough time to get on the field leading to a miss as time expired.
The Hoos will look to get off the losing train and into the win column next weekend when Central Michigan comes to Charlottesville.