The 2017 Virginia football season is underway, and the first touchdown is in the books courtesy of running back Jordan Ellis.
#UVA scores first. Jordan Ellis, wearing No. 1 this season, goes in from 1 yard out. Cavaliers lead W&M, 7-0 with 4:27 left in first quarter— Mike Barber (@RTD_MikeBarber) September 2, 2017
The score capped off an 80 yard, 12 play drive in which the Hoos ran six times and threw six times. Quarterback Kurt Benkert went 5-7 on the drive, connecting with Olamide Zaccheaus twice on the drive for a combined 25 yards. There was a tense moment when the ball squirted loose from Zaccheaus’ hands after a big reception, but he was able to corral the ball in a crowd of Tribe players.
After Daniel Hamm got the Hoos to the two on first and goal, Virginia was unable to convert on their second attempt. On third and goal from the one, Ellis, wearing number one, put the Hoos on the board.
Ellis was the first Wahoo to select his jersey this season, the second straight year he’s been selected by teammates for the honor.
Before the game, Virginia brought back “The Adventures of Cavman” after a one year hiatus, and aired this video:
At the end of the first quarter, Virginia was leading William & Mary 7-0. Catch the rest of the action on ESPN3, and join us to chat about the game in our game thread.