Scores

Final

Clemson 10

(1-4, 1-3 ACC)

Virginia 30

(5-0, 2-0 ACC)

7:30 PM ET, October 7, 2004

Scott Stadium, CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA

1 2 3 4 T
CLEM 10 0 0 010
UVA 3 10 3 1430

Cavs' Pearman has 2 fourth-quarter TDs

Associated Press

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- Facing the first real test to its dominance this season, Virginia showed Clemson -- and the nation -- that its numbers haven't just been built against inferior competition.

Running the ball with apparent ease in the second half, Virginia (No. 9 ESPN/USA Today; No. 10 AP) got 104 yards and two touchdowns from Alvin Pearman and shut down the Tigers after their opening drive to win convincingly 30-10 on Thursday night.

Pearman, who replaced Wali Lundy at tailback in the third quarter, scored on a 2-yard run on the first play of the fourth quarter to make it 23-10 and then clinched it with another 2-yarder with 5:14 remaining.

"Whatever Coach needs me to do, I'm willing to do so," said the versatile senior, who also returns punts and plays wide receiver. "Today I just happened to be carrying the rock a little more and I'll take that."

Virginia (5-0, 2-0 Atlantic Coast Conference), ranked higher than at any point since it was No. 7 in 1998, has won eight straight and now has nine days to prepare for its sternest test -- at No. 8 Florida State.

The Cavaliers certainly looked ready after starting slow against the Tigers.

Clemson (1-4, 1-3) drove 80 yards in six plays on its opening drive, Duane Coleman capping the march with a 5-yard touchdown reception.

They managed just seven first downs and 131 yards thereafter.

"When you drive it down like that in pretty convincing style, you're expecting you can do it again," quarterback Charlie Whitehurst said. "We didn't."

Instead, all the Tigers added was a 43-yard field goal by Jad Dean on their third possession -- a drive that covered only 16 yards. Connor Hughes had field goals of 21, 43 and 50 yards for Virginia and the Cavaliers gained 239 yards on the ground, 225 through the air.

In the second half, Pearman replaced Lundy and did the heavy lifting, carrying 17 times on three drives that all ended in points. The Cavaliers also converted 14-of-20 third-down plays; Clemson was 5-for-14.

"The players knew what the challenges were in front of them, and I thought they responded to those challenges," Virginia coach Al Groh said.

Playing without defensive end and captain Chris Canty for the first time after he had season-ending surgery, the Cavaliers looked just as dominant as they had in blowout victories in their first four games.

Clemson rushed for just 45 yards on 21 carries.

The Tigers also had no answer for Virginia's running game, getting a reprieve only when Lundy fumbled after running for a first down at the Clemson 5 in the third quarter. Travis Pugh recovered for the Tigers.

Three plays later, the Tigers were forced to punt from their 22, Pearman took over at tailback and the Cavaliers salted the game away.

"We saw they were getting tired," guard Elton Brown said of the Tigers, who lost their fourth in a row. "We just wanted to get out after it and just let it go. Coach put the ball in our hands and we responded."

Virginia scored the last 27 points.

The Cavaliers trailed for only 3:22 of 240 minutes in their first four games but quickly fell behind 7-0 on Coleman's touchdown. The key play on the six-play drive was Whitehurst's 56-yard pass to tight end Ben Hall that moved the ball to the Cavaliers' 6.

The Tigers held the lead until 5:39 before halftime, when Marques Hagans hit Heath Miller from 5 yards out to give Virginia a 13-10 lead. On the drive, Hagans also hit Deyon Williams for 13 yards on third-and-7, then found Miller for 32 yards on a third-and-11 from the Tigers' 43.

Whitehurst finished 16-of-28 for 166 yards and threw his 11th interception of the year. Tony Franklin made the pick for Virginia.

Hagans was 14-of-26 for 225 yards.

Virginia honored former coach George Welsh at halftime. He coached the Cavaliers for 19 seasons and is their leader in career victories with 189. He'll be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in December.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
CLEM
UVA
1st Downs924
Total Yards211464
Passing166225
Rushing45239
Penalties5-245-45
3rd Down Conversions5-1414-20
4th Down Conversions1-10-0
Turnovers11
Possession23:3936:21

Passing Leaders

ClemsonC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTQBR
Whitehur...16/281665.911-
VirginiaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTQBR
Hagans14/262258.710-

Rushing Leaders

ClemsonCARYDSAVGTDLG
Coleman9262.909
Kelly7152.107
VirginiaCARYDSAVGTDLG
Pearman181045.8220
Lundy20854.3015

Receiving Leaders

ClemsonRECYDSAVGTDLG
Currie7618.7018
Hall47218.0056
VirginiaRECYDSAVGTDLG
Williams58316.6025
Miller45513.8132

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERCLEMUVA
TD11:49DUANE COLEMAN 5 YD PASS FROM CHARLIE WHITEHURST (JAD DEAN KICK)
Drive info: 6 plays, 80 yards.
70
FG7:16CONNOR HUGHES 21 YD FG
Drive info: 12 plays, 60 yards.
73
FG0:25JAD DEAN 43 YD FG
Drive info: 8 plays, 16 yards.
103
SECOND QUARTERCLEMUVA
FG11:03CONNOR HUGHES 43 YD FG
Drive info: 11 plays, 56 yards.
106
TD5:39HEATH MILLER 3 YD PASS FROM MARQUES HAGANS (CONNOR HUGHES KICK)
Drive info: 9 plays, 58 yards.
1013
THIRD QUARTERCLEMUVA
FG3:30CONNOR HUGHES 50 YD FG
Drive info: 6 plays, 26 yards.
1016
FOURTH QUARTERCLEMUVA
TD14:55ALVIN PEARMAN 2 YD RUN (CONNOR HUGHES KICK)
Drive info: 6 plays, 43 yards.
1023
TD5:14ALVIN PEARMAN 2 YD RUN (CONNOR HUGHES KICK)
Drive info: 13 plays, 61 yards.
1030