Benkert rallied Virginia past Georgia Tech 40-36
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Kurt Benkert knew the game was in his hands, even as a steady rain kept falling and the clocked ticked down to inside three minutes to play. On a day when the quarterback struggled at times with his accuracy, and his receivers struggled hanging onto the ball, everything came together, culminating in Benkert’s 27-yard touchdown pass with 1:22 remaining to give Virginia a 40-36 victory against Georgia Tech, and bowl eligibility for the first time since 2011.
“It was beautiful,” Benkert, who threw three touchdown passes, said of the 64-yard march in five plays. “It was a lot of fun to be a part of, just guys looking at you in the eyes and knowing that you’re ready to go and vice versa and just believing, truly believing, that we could do it and we could pull it off.”
The win came after Georgia Tech had covered 90 yards in nine plays and went ahead on a 33-yard touchdown pass with 3:10 left, and it left Cavaliers coach Bronco Mendenhall without much voice left.
TECH Jimmie Johnson is still in the hunt for a record eighth title as NASCAR champ, but he’ll have needed to win this past weekend’s race in Texas or this coming weekend’s race, or stay in the top 4 of the points each week.