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Virginia Football’s numbers in win over William & Mary were among its best in years

Virginia snapped the nation’s longest turnover streak on Saturday.

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Juan Thornhill and UVA’s defense had one its best performances in years
Photo by Ryan M. Kelly/Getty Images

The Virginia Cavaliers defeated William and Mary 28-10 in a game that the Hoos were heavily favored. Though Virginia has struggled against FCS opponents in recent years, losing to Richmond in 2016 and only defeating the Tribe by six in 2015, this time around, the Hoos had one of its best games in years.

The defense only allowed 240 yards, which is their fewest in 44 games. They only allowed 199 in a loss to Pittsburgh on September 28, 2013.

The 18-point win was UVA's largest margin of victory in its past 31 games, dating back to a 45-13 win over Kent State on September 27, 2014.

Despite the poor weather conditions, Virginia quarterback Kurt Benkert completed 26 of 40 for 269 yards with 3 touchdowns and no interceptions, to nine different receivers.

Most importantly Virginia did not commit a turnover in the game. The last time this happened was back in 2013 against Maryland, thereby ending a streak of 42 consecutive games with a turnover. Ball State is now the current leader in the country with that distinction at just 24 games.

Virginia is a slight underdog this week to Indiana, a team that gave Ohio State a first-half scare last weekend. Still, in its opening win, Virginia showed significant year-over-year improvement, which gives fans at least some optimism going into the second game of the season.