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Virginia Cavaliers survive Florida State Seminoles, 31-24

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NCAA Football: Florida State at Virginia Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

In what was billed as perhaps the biggest home game of the Bronco Mendenhall era the Virginia Cavaliers survived against the Florida State Seminoles, 31-24.

The Seminoles took a lead into halftime (again) leading UVa 14-10 thanks to essentially a gift touchdown on their first score after a muffed punt by Billy Kemp, a shanked punt by the Hoos, and a personal foul on Joey Blount for hitting James Blackman,

Like every other game for FSU this season, the second half got away from him and saw UVa outscore the Noles 21-10.

The Hoos owned the fourth quarter scoring the final two touchdowns of the game with 6:02 and 2:34 left. The Hoos pushed the lead to seven points after a miraculous play by Bryce Perkins for the two point conversion.

Much will be written about FSU’s final drive over the coming days after the Noles extended and kept extending the game thanks to multiple UVa penalties giving FSU first downs to extend the final drive of the game.

UVa’s most important player, Bryce Perkins had another stellar game going 30-41 for 295 yards and a touchdown to go along with 46 yards rushing. Wayne Taulapapa helped Perkins totaling 53 yards on 18 carries and scoring three more touchdowns for the Hoos.

The Cavaliers go to 3-0 for the first time since 2005, win as a ranked team for the first time since 2007, now sit 2-0 in the ACC, and in the driver’s seat of the ACC Coastal.