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He made c e r t a i n , t hough, t hat he had enough to share his ad­mi­ra­tion for the way his team bounced back.

“I’m not sure there’s any­thing that feels bet­ter than this right now,” he said.

The Cava­liers (6-3, 3-2 At­lantic Coast Con­fer­ence) came into the game hav­ing lost two in a row, both in lop­sided fash­ion.

“They de­cided t hat they wanted to be dif­fer­ent and play dif­fer­ent than they had the last two weeks,” Men­den­hall said.

On the fi­nal drive, af­ter a short kick­off set the Cava­liers up at their 36, Benkert hit Olamide Zac­cheaus for 19 yards on a first play. Benkert ran for five yards, then hit Jor­dan El­lis with a pass for five more. An 8-yard con­nec­tion with Doni Dowl­ing fol­lowed, and then the touch­down to Levrone, who was in one-onone cov­er­age.

“We’ve been on the op­po­site end of that way too many times since I’ve been here,” said Benkert, a trans­fer from East Carolina, “and just to have that op­por­tu­nity, to come over the hump of six wins and to do it in that fash­ion, I don’t think you could have put to­gether a bet­ter sto­ry­book end­ing for that game.”

Un­less, of course, you were in the other locker room. Ge­or­gia Tech (4-4, 3- 3) scored on the first two plays from scrim­mage in the sec­ond half, open­ing a 28- 13 lead and stun­ning those that braved the cold rain, but then al­lowed Benkert and the Cava­liers to be­gin mount­ing their come­back im­me­di­ately.

“It was a killer; we let them drive down the field and score,” Yel­low Jack­ets coach Paul John­son said.

When Ge­or­gia Tech went ahead late, quar­ter­back TaQuon Mar­shall twice kept the drive alive by run­ning the ball on third down, the sec­ond time to get to Vir­ginia’s 33. On the next play, he found Ricky Je­une on a slant route and the wide re­ceiver took it un­touched into the end zone. A two- point con­ver­sion run by Mar­shall made the score 36- 33, pre­vent­ing Vir­ginia from win­ning with the field goal, but the Cava­liers didn’t need one as Benkert com­pleted all four of his passes on the win­ning drive.

His touch­down pass to Levrone was his third of the day and the sec­ond for the tan­dem. Levrone also caught a 34-yarder, and Doni Dowl­ing caught a 28-yarder.

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