With an opportunity to become bowl eligible for the first time since 2011, the Virginia Cavaliers were blown out by Boston College 41-10. UVA was favored by seven points, but were manhandled by the Eagles on both sides of the ball.
The Hoos defense uncharacteristically gave up a season high in yards and points, while the offense was held to their season low in yards and points as well.
Boston College jumped out to a 24-0 lead just 20 minutes into the game, stunning the homecoming crowd. The Cavaliers were never able to recover and will have to try again next week to get their sixth win of the season.
After a field goal on their first possession, Eagles running back Thadd Smith broke a 76-yard run to put BC up 10-0 seven minutes into the game. Just three minutes later Kobay White took a screen pass 76 yards for another Eagles touchdown. Redshirt freshman QB Anthony Brown’s second TD put Boston College up 24-0 with 10 minutes left to play in the half.
Virginia was outgained 329 yards to 50 with seven minutes to go in the first half when the Hoos mounted a 14 play drive that ended with a Joe Reed 1-yard TD run. UVA also gave up two sacks and an interception by Kurt Benkert that contributed to the 17 point halftime deficit.
It was more of the same in the third quarter, as Boston College tacked on 10 points to extend their lead to 34-7 after 45 minutes of play. With a quarter left to play, Virginia’s defense had already given up a season high 473 yards.
True freshman quarterback Lindell Stone came in for one play in the third quarter in injury relief, burning his redshirt. The play was a 3rd and 20, and Stone threw an incompletion. Later in the fourth quarter with the game out of hand, Stone came in to replace an ineffective Benkert. Stone’s second career pass attempt was a deflection that was intercepted for a touchdown to make the score 41-10. Benkert finished the game 17 for 33 with 126 yards, one interception and no touchdowns.
In other UVA personnel news, cornerback Juan Thornhill was injured in the first half and did not return.
5-2 Virginia travels to Pittsburgh next week to take on the 3-5 Panthers at 12:30.