Records third victory with win over Boise State 42-23

Records third victory with win over Boise State 42-23”

UVA entered as two touchdown underdogs.

The game is out west, on the blue turf, on a Friday night, meaning UVA is coming in on a short week, while Boise State, which last played on Thursday night, actually has an extra day of prep time.

The touchdown followed consecutive pass plays of 27 and 25 yards, followed by a pass interference call against U.Va's Quin Blanding in the end zone.

Virginia's appearance at Boise State on Friday night was symbolic of a westward-leaning scheduling philosophy associated with former UVa administrator Jon Oliver. The postseason was the goal for Mendenhall when he was hired from BYU in December 2015.

Friday was a dominating effort that 'Hoos fans hadn't seen in a long, long time.

The play sent numerous fans who hadn't already given up on the Broncos home early, reducing what had been a classic college atmosphere to a gathering of loudly booing family and friends. The bleachers were all but empty when the fourth quarter hit the midway point. Boise crushed UVa, 56-14, at Scott Stadium in 2015.

Virginia completed the non-conference portion of its schedule with a statement win. Boise State, as flashed by the Fiesta Bowl champions banner hung with pride in a corner of this stadium, is no Temple.

Week 2, the Broncos blew at 31-10 lead at Washington State (ESPN PI: 28) in what turned into a 47-44 loss.

UVa was balanced offensively.

Andre Levrone led the offensive charge with five receptions for 141 yard and two touchdowns.

A 1-yard scoring plunge by Jordan Ellis three plays into the fourth quarter made it 41-14 and further flooded the streets of Idaho's scenic capital.

U.Va. first got on the board when a 2-yard touchdown run by Ellis tied the game at 7-7 late in the first quarter.

U.Va. limited the perennial Mountain West Conference favorite to 383 yards of mostly one-dimensional total offense. His receiver mate, Olamide Zaccheaus, went untouched on an end-around for a 56-yard score to make it 35-14.

Senior quarterback Kurt Benkert, for his part, had a school-record performance, throwing for 455 yards and three TDs in the rout.

Virginia's defense held Boise State to just 30 yards rushing, while the Cavaliers' offense rolled up 167 yards on the ground. Virginia finished with four sacks and one takeaway. And out of all the Power 5 opponents they've hosted over the years, no one would have expected a rebuilding Virginia team to be the one to deliver a nationally televised embarrassment.

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