tailback Keith Payne rushed for 108 yards and four touchdowns as
Virginia pulled away from visiting Richmond, 34-13, and made a winner of
new head coach Mike London in
Saturday’s season opener for both teams at Scott Stadium.
The Cavaliers erupted for 20 unanswered points in the second half in notching their first season-opening victory since 2005.
a fifth-year senior who missed all of 2009 after quitting the team
prior to last year’s season opener, accounted for three of his
in the second half as Virginia. (1-0) broke open what had been a close game.
quarterback Marc Verica, who entered the game with just eight career
touchdown passes to 17 interceptions, finished 24 of 35 for 287 yards
touchdown without an interception to help his team total nearly 500
yards of offense.
hosts, who play at Southern California next week, might have enjoyed a
larger early lead, but two missed field goals help keep the Spiders
Richmond (0-1) had clawed to within 14-13 following a Wil Kamin 41-yard field goal with 11:04 left in the third period.
With eighth consecutive win over the Spiders, Virginia improved to 26-2-2 all-time against Richmond, dating back to 1893.