CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) -- Jamaine Winborne's interception in
the final minute set up Connor Hughes' field goal with 10 seconds
left as Virginia beat Wake Forest 27-24 on Saturday.
Hughes made all four field-goal attempts, including a
career-long 53-yarder that tied it with less than two minutes left.
Virginia (3-1, 2-0 ACC) overcame five turnovers, including three
second-half interceptions by Matt Schaub, who returned to the
starting lineup after injuring his throwing shoulder in the season
opener against Duke.
With the score tied at 24, Wake Forest (3-2, 1-1) faced a
third-and-10 at its own 46 with 43 seconds remaining. Cory Randolph
scrambled, but waited too long to throw to an open Jason Anderson.
Winborne stepped in front and returned the ball to the Wake 33.
Schaub hit Heath Miller with a 15-yard pass, setting up the
winning field goal.
More often than not, Virginia's offense, which amassed 477
yards, stopped itself. The Cavaliers turned the ball over five
times, and punted only twice.
Schaub, 18-for-22 for 203 yards and a touchdown in the first
half, threw three interceptions in the second half. Last year, when
he was the ACC offensive player of the year, he threw only seven
interceptions the entire season. He finished 30-of-45 for 326 yards
and two touchdowns.
Virginia, starting on its own 8 with 5:17 remaining after Wake
failed to convert a fourth-and-2, drove to the Wake 35, then sent
in Hughes for the 53-yard field goal to tie it at 24 with 1:51
Wake, which trailed 13-7 in the third quarter, became energized
following Warren Braxton's interception of a tipped pass. The
Deacons followed the interception with a 52-yard touchdown drive.
Randolph scrambled for a first down on a fourth-and-7 from the
Virginia 36, and finished the drive with a 1-yard quarterback sneak
into the end zone for a 14-13 lead.
The Deacons got the ball back and Randolph threw a 47-yard TD
strike to Jason Anderson, who was wide open after safety Jay Dorsey
let Anderson get behind him.
Schaub showed no ill effects from his injury, scrambling for 4
yards on the game's first play from scrimmage, and going 4-for-4
for 63 yards on the opening drive, until Kase Luzar fumbled on the
Demon Deacons 1 and Wake recovered for a touchback.
The Cavaliers got the ball back and drove 58 yards, finishing
with a 39-yard field goal by Hughes to make it 3-0.
Wake responded with a 14-play, 79-yard TD drive capped by a
2-yard TD run by Cornelius Biggs, who carried the ball eight times
on the drive.
The Cavaliers retook the lead with 5:09 left in the half when
Schaub, under heavy pressure on a 3rd-and-17 play, hit Ottowa
Anderson over the middle for a 25-yard touchdown play.
Wali Lundy led the Cavaliers with 137 yards on 27 carries.
Randolph finished 17-of-31 for 218 yards with a touchdown and
two interceptions for the Deacons.