12:00 PM ET, November 22, 2003
Scott Stadium, CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Virginia (Ticker) -- Connor Hughes tied a school record with five field goals as Virginia became bowl eligible with a 29-17 Atlantic Coast Conference victory over Georgia Tech.
Hughes kicked field goals of 31, 25 and 50 yards in the first half, the added kicks of 30 and 20 yards in the fourth quarter for the Cavaliers (6-5, 4-4), who assured themselves a .500 finish in the ACC.
Virginia, which closes its season next week against Virginia Tech, snapped a two-game losing streak.
Matt Schaub completed 26-of-35 passes for 239 yards and a touchdown while Wali Lundy rushed for 96 yards on 27 carries for the Cavaliers.
Virginia never trailed after Schaub threw a 10-yard TD strike to to Heath Miller to open the scoring six minutes into the game. Marques Hagans' two-yard TD run with 35 seconds left in the second quarter gave the Cavaliers a 23-7 cushion at the intermission.
Georgia Tech (6-5, 4-4) closed to 23-17 in the third quarter on Jonathan Smith's 80-yard punt return and Dan Burnett's 37-yard field goal.
Reggie Ball completed 16-of-30 passes for 157 yards with an interception for the Yellow Jackets, who host Georgia next week.
P.J. Daniels rushed for 76 yards on 18 carries for Georgia Tech, including a 15-yard TD run midway through the second period.
|3rd Down Conversions||4-13||8-18|
|4th Down Conversions||1-2||1-1|
|TD||9:13||HEATH MILLER 10 YD PASS FROM MATT SCHAUB (CONNOR HUGHES KICK)|
Drive info: 10 plays, 80 yards.
|FG||2:24||CONNOR HUGHES 31 YD FG|
Drive info: 10 plays, 31 yards.
|FG||9:40||CONNOR HUGHES 25 YD FG|
Drive info: 9 plays, 61 yards.
|TD||7:08||P.J. DANIELS 15 YD RUN (DAN BURNETT KICK)|
Drive info: 8 plays, 76 yards.
|FG||3:56||CONNOR HUGHES 50 YD FG|
Drive info: 8 plays, 37 yards.
|TD||0:35||MARQUES HAGANS 2 YD RUN (CONNOR HUGHES KICK)|
Drive info: 5 plays, 21 yards.
|TD||8:14||JONATHAN SMITH 80 YD PUNT RETURN (DAN BURNETT KICK)||14||23|
|FG||1:07||DAN BURNETT 37 YD FG|
Drive info: 10 plays, 46 yards.
|FG||10:31||CONNOR HUGHES 30 YD FG|
Drive info: 15 plays, 58 yards.
|FG||5:21||CONNOR HUGHES 20 YD FG|
Drive info: 6 plays, 24 yards.