U lose: Cavs hold on for 24-20 upset of #22 Miami

It’s hard to get a handle on a game that saw the team that scored 19 unanswered points in the final 10:34 still lose. A five-yard fourth-quarter touchdown run by Keith Payne after UVa.’s fifth interception of the day gave the ‘Hoos a 24-0 lead, and turned out to be the decisive score in what turned out to be a 24-19 Virginia win over #22 Miami.

“I have to talk about this team being resilient regardless of what people say. In that locker room right there is a group of proud football players and coaches,” said coach Mike London, who recorded his first ACC win and his first win over a ranked team in his first season at the helm of the UVa. program.

The Cavs (4-4, 1-3 ACC) led 14-0 at the half on a 16-yard pass from Marc Verica to Colter Phillips on a fourth-and-three play and a 30-yard cutback run by Payne on a third-and-three late in the first half. Robert Randolph connected on a 32-yard field goal midway through the third to extend the lead to 17-0, and the Payne run, following the second interception of the day by Corey Mosley, sending to the exits some of the Miami faithful who had come out expecting their ‘Canes, 15-point favorites coming in, to roll to an easy victory.

Full coverage of the UVa.-Miami game on VaSportsOnline.com.

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