Benkert ral­lied Vir­ginia past Ge­or­gia Tech 40-36

The Standard Journal - - SPORTS - AP Sports Writer

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.

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