When the Virginia Cavaliers “hosted” the Ohio University Bobcats at Vanderbilt Stadium in Nashville, Tennessee, the big question was how the Hoos would be affected with their loss of home field advantage. The Vegas line moved by as much as four points, with Virginia favored by as many as seven and as few as three. But when Virginia needed just one offensive play to score its first of six touchdowns en route to a 45-31 victory, Wahoo fans breathed a sigh of relief.
With 38 points in the first half alone, the Virginia offense had themselves an afternoon. Receiver Olamide Zaccheaus put up 247 yards on just nine receptions with two touchdowns, a new Virginia record for receiving yards in a single game.
How does one average just over 27 yards per catch? You’ll have to watch this video:
On his first reception of the day—and Virginia’s second offensive play of the game (the first resulted in a Jordan Ellis touchdown)—Zaccheaus breaks a tackle and turns on the jets to earn himself an 86-yard touchdown reception. The catch was Virginia’s fourth-longest single-play scoring drive in program history.
He repeated the performance late in the fourth quarter when quarterback Bryce Perkins found Zaccheaus open for a first down, but the senior wide receiver weaved his way through three Bobcat defenders to bring in the 77-yard touchdown catch.
Through three games, Zaccheaus has already had two 100+ receiving yard games. He was only able to pull in nine yards last week under downpour conditions at Indiana. He’s now had three 80+ yard catches over his career, extending his own UVA record.
With nine catches on the day, Zaccheaus now has 177 career receptions and is just 36 catches away from breaking Billy McMullen’s program record of 210. He’s just 23 receptions away from being only the second player in program history to reach 200 career receptions.
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