WRs make history
Virginia’s Doni Dowling, Andre Levrone and Olamide Zaccheaus were the top receivers in its 38-18 win over Connecticut on Saturday, but how good is the trio at simple math?
“We didn’t know exactly who had what,” said Dowling, “but we knew at least one or two people were really close.”
After Levrone’s 73-yard touchdown catch in the fourth quarter, the question popped up on the Virginia sideline: Did three wideouts go over 100 yards Saturday?
“We knew we were putting up numbers,” said Dowling, “but we didn’t know them fully.”
It was fully revealed after the game: Levrone had four catches for 127 yards. Dowling (Varina) had six for 136. Zaccheaus had nine for 122.
Yes, the Wahoos’ wideouts made history. Three U.Va. receivers hitting the century mark in the same game? That had never happened before.
“We all put in a lot of work this offseason,” said Zaccheaus. “That’s one thing I keep telling them. We put in a lot of work this offseason, and it’s starting to pay off right now. We just got to keep going, keep producing.”
Quarterback Kurt Benkert passed for a schoolrecord 455 yards. Over 60 percent of his completions went to Dowling, Levrone or Zaccheaus.
“That’s what we’re supposed to do,” Dowling said, relaying the postgame message the trio got from receivers coach Marques Hagans. “And he’s right. It’s been overdue. From last year, it’s been overdue.”
The performance marked the 10th time in program history multiple Cavaliers had at least 100 yards receiving in the same game. update on Reed following the game.
Zaccheaus took Reed’s place on kickoffs, returning two kicks for 56 yards.