WRs make his­tory

Richmond Times-Dispatch Weekend - - College Football -

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.

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