CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) -- Still in his uniform nearly an hour
after his last home game, Virginia's Matt Schaub seemed to be
basking in the afterglow of perhaps his biggest victory.
"It's huge," Schaub said after leading Virginia to a 35-21
victory against Virginia Tech (No. 20 ESPN/USA Today, No. 21 AP). "To go out and get a win
against those guys is huge."
Schaub threw two touchdown passes and Wali Lundy ran for three
scores and caught a touchdown pass for the Cavaliers, who ended a
four-year losing streak against the team that had taken over as
Virginia's No. 1.
"I have a lot of respect for the Hokies, but I was getting
tired of hearing about the Hokies and Virginia Tech," Lundy said.
"It's our time."
The Cavaliers (7-5) scored 21 straight points in the second
half, twice converting on fourth down from the 1. Lundy caught a
1-yard pass for the tying touchdown, and ran for his second
touchdown to make it 28-14.
For Schaub, who threw for just 43 yards in wind-swept Lane
Stadium last season just days after being named the Atlantic Coast
Conference player of the year, the day proved a stylish farewell at
With two touchdown passes, he tied Shawn Moore for first on the
school's career list with 55 -- the only record Schaub didn't own.
Schaub was 32-for-46 for 358 yards.
Schaub completed a 10-yard pass to tight end Heath Miller on a
fake field goal with about three minutes left, the first down
keeping a drive alive for Lundy's 19-yard touchdown on the next
play to clinch it.
Miller caught 13 passes for 145 yards, and like so many in the
Virginia locker room, said winning for the seniors was the best
"They really deserved it," he said.
Virginia clinched the victory when Almondo Curry, another
senior, intercepted Randall and returned it to the Hokies 14.
"We wanted to cut the oxygen off those guys. We wanted to suck
the wind out of them and I think our defense did that," Curry
"It feels so good just to beat Virginia Tech."
Coach Al Groh agreed, and said the scene in the locker room
"To see the emotion that was involved with them, the
camaraderie, the feeling that they've accomplished something, this
is what team sports is all about," Groh said after improving to
1-2 against the Hokies. "This is what we all aim for, to be in a
locker room like that."
The Cavaliers took a 21-14 lead in the third quarter, and got a
lot of help from the Hokies after Tony Franklin's interception at
First, Vegas Robinson dropped an easy interception around the
Cavaliers 30, likely distracted by the open field in front of him.
On the next play, Tom Hagan punted from his 27, Eric Green
blocked it, picked it up and ran it into the end zone, but an
offsides call against the Hokies negated it, giving the Cavaliers a
first down instead.
Schaub missed a wide open Ron Morton deep on the next play, and
Morton dropped a screen on second down. But he hit Miller for 10,
Art Thomas for 14 and then Alvin Pearman for 49 on third-and-15 for
"We're in a situation where we're not doing the things it takes
to win football games," said Hokies coach Frank Beamer, whose team
is 2-4 since a 6-0 start.
"It's disappointing. We've played some great football and there
have been some great moments. I think we're going to a bowl. I want
to get this team back on the field and get us out of the funk we're
The Hokies went three-and-out and Virginia drove again, this
time to Lundy's 1-yard run on the first play of the fourth quarter
for a 28-14 lead. Lundy earlier caught a 1-yard pass behind a wall
of two tight ends and scored, pulling the Cavaliers even at 14-14
in the third quarter.
Randall, playing his first game as the Hokies only quarterback,
was 14-for-26 for 214 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions.
Marcus Vick also played, but mostly as a wide receiver or decoy and
rushed three times for 28 yards, once running on a draw from the
Jones, a junior playing in what many feel was his final regular
season game for the Hokies, carried 25 times for just 75 yards. He
also caught three passes for 41 yards, all on Virginia Tech's last
The Hokies led 14-7 at halftime, getting a 1-yard run from Jones
to cap a 23-yard drive set up by Robinson's interception of a
tipped pass, and Randall's pass to Imoh. On the play, Virginia
cornerback Tony Franklin was behind Imoh and dove at Imoh's feet
trying to make the tackle, but Imoh kept his balance, turned and
The Cavaliers, crisp offensively at the start, got a 1-yard run
by Lundy to take a 7-0 lead midway through the first quarter.
Marques Hagans had the big play in the drive, an acrobatic
twisting catch for 26 yards against DeAngelo Hall on third-and-11.