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Virginia hands Boise State its worst home loss since 2001

BOISE, Idaho (AP) After losing 20 of its last 21 road games coming in, Virginia had a festive vibe in its locker room following a 42-23 dismantling of Boise State on Friday night with plenty of players excited about the 2,400-mile flight home.

''It's going to be a fun trip back,'' Virginia quarterback Kurt Benkert said, whose team was a 14-point underdog. ''We see what people say, and it's expected after what kind of season we had last year. But we know what we're capable of and how much better we are.

''Now, people have to take us seriously. We're building momentum now, and we're excited to see how it plays out.''

Benkert threw for 273 yards and three touchdowns as the Cavaliers handed Boise State its worst home loss since 2001.

Virginia (3-1) notched its first win west of the Mississippi River since 1991 when it beat BYU 45-40. In avenging an embarrassing 56-14 loss to Boise State in 2015, the Cavaliers also surpassed their win total from last season.

Boise State (2-2) hasn't suffered a double-digit loss at home since the 2001 season.

''There's gonna be some changes,'' said Boise State coach Bryan Harsin, whose team is 5-5 in its last 10 games. ''What they are, I don't know yet. But we need to fix the consistency of our entire team in all three phases. It can't just be about one side.

''Good football teams play together, play off each other, and help all sides of the ball in one way or another. And that just didn't happen tonight.''

While this was Virginia's first trip to Boise, second-year coach Bronco Mendenhall faced the Broncos on the road twice while coaching BYU, losing both times.

This time, it was different.

After surrendering an 80-yard scoring drive to open the game, Virginia took control by ripping off 21 straight points.

The momentum shifted on a botched play by Boise State's special teams, a long-time signature strength of the Broncos. Trailing 14-7 late in the first half, Boise State attempted a fake punt from its own 40, but Alec Dhaenens fumbled the direct snap and fell on it at the 33. Two plays later, Benkert hit Doni Dowling on a 27-yard scoring strike to push the Virginia lead to 14 points.

Boise State rallied with a quick touchdown before halftime, but Virginia took the opening drive of the second half 75 yards, on three plays, capped by a 64-yard touchdown pass from Benkert to Andre Levrone.

And the Cavaliers never looked back.

Brett Rypien, who returned to action after suffering a concussion against Washington State, threw for 353 yards and one interception for Boise State.

Virginia's defense held Boise State to just 30 yards rushing, while the Cavaliers' offense rolled up 167 yards on the ground.

With a trio of scoring strikes, Benkert moved into fifth among Virginia career touchdown passing leaders with 31.

TAKEAWAYS

Virginia completed the non-conference portion of its schedule with a statement win. After struggling through a 2-9 season a year ago, Mendenhall already has the Cavaliers trending upward heading into ACC play.

Boise State, which was one bad break away from beating Washington State and likely entering the game with Virginia ranked, has an open date at the right time. The Broncos need to figure out their identity on offense and solve a plethora of problems with the special teams unit.

UP NEXT

Virginia opens its ACC schedule at home against Duke on Oct. 7, while Boise State also takes a week off before traveling to rival BYU on Oct. 6.

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Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 1:03
96-H.Hoggarth extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
42
23
Touchdown 1:03
3-M.Cozart complete to 1-C.Wilson. 1-C.Wilson runs 40 yards for a touchdown.
4
plays
55
yds
00:57
pos
42
22
Point After TD 14:14
95-A.Mejia extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
42
14
Touchdown 14:14
1-J.Ellis runs 1 yard for a touchdown.
9
plays
70
yds
02:37
pos
41
14
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 6:51
95-A.Mejia extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
35
14
Touchdown 6:51
4-O.Zaccheaus runs 56 yards for a touchdown.
1
plays
56
yds
00:06
pos
34
14
Point After TD 13:31
95-A.Mejia extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
28
14
Touchdown 13:31
6-K.Benkert complete to 14-A.Levrone. 14-A.Levrone runs 64 yards for a touchdown.
3
plays
75
yds
01:29
pos
27
14
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 0:21
96-H.Hoggarth extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
21
14
Touchdown 0:21
88-J.Roh runs 2 yards for a touchdown.
8
plays
68
yds
00:46
pos
21
13
Point After TD 1:07
95-A.Mejia extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
21
7
Touchdown 1:07
6-K.Benkert complete to 5-D.Dowling. 5-D.Dowling runs 27 yards for a touchdown.
2
plays
35
yds
00:31
pos
20
7
Point After TD 4:11
95-A.Mejia extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
14
7
Touchdown 4:11
6-K.Benkert complete to 14-A.Levrone. 14-A.Levrone runs 30 yards for a touchdown.
7
plays
88
yds
02:59
pos
13
7
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 3:07
95-A.Mejia extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
7
7
Touchdown 3:07
1-J.Ellis runs 2 yards for a touchdown.
9
plays
53
yds
04:24
pos
6
7
Point After TD 12:02
96-H.Hoggarth extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
0
7
Touchdown 12:02
21-R.Wolpin runs 5 yards for a touchdown.
8
plays
95
yds
02:49
pos
0
6
Team Stats
1st Downs 21 22
Rushing 8 3
Passing 13 16
Penalty 0 3
3rd Down Conv 9-15 4-16
4th Down Conv 0-0 1-4
Total Net Yards 438 358
Total Plays 69 77
Avg Gain 6.3 4.6
Net Yards Rushing 167 30
Rush Attempts 40 24
Avg Rush Yards 4.2 1.3
Net Yards Passing 271 328
Comp. - Att. 19-29 28-53
Yards Per Pass 9.3 6.2
Sacked - Yards Lost 1-2 4-25
Penalties - Yards 0-0 1-5
Touchdowns 6 3
Rushing TDs 3 2
Passing TDs 3 1
Other 0 0
Turnovers 0 2
Fumbles - Lost 0-0 1-1
Int. Thrown 0 1
Punts - Avg 5-39.8 8-42.9
Return Yards 69 142
Punts - Returns 1-17 2-0
Kickoffs - Returns 2-51 6-142
Int. - Returns 1-1 0-0
Kicking 6/6 3/3
Extra Points 6/6 3/3
Field Goals 0/0 0/0
Safeties 0 0
1234T
Virginia 3-1 71414742
Boise State 2-2 770923
271 PASS YDS 328
167 RUSH YDS 30
438 TOTAL YDS 358
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
K. Benkert 6 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
65.5% 273 3 0 178.7
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
66.1% 1249 10 1 144.2
K. Benkert 19/29 273 3 0
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
J. Ellis 1 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
24 93 2
SEASON ATT YDS TD
78 312 5
J. Ellis 24 93 2 25
O. Zaccheaus 4 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 64 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
6 111 1
O. Zaccheaus 2 64 1 56
D. Hamm 22 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
3 15 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
18 69 1
D. Hamm 3 15 0 9
D. Cross 15 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
3 14 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
3 14 0
D. Cross 3 14 0 9
K. Benkert 6 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
3 6 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
12 -1 0
K. Benkert 3 6 0 5
L. Atkins 25 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 1 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
1 1 0
L. Atkins 1 1 0 1
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
A. Levrone 14 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
5 141 2
SEASON REC YDS TD
13 348 4
A. Levrone 5 141 2 64
E. Butts 46 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
4 43 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
12 106 0
E. Butts 4 43 0 17
D. Dowling 5 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 39 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
19 275 2
D. Dowling 2 39 1 27
O. Zaccheaus 4 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
4 29 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
30 279 2
O. Zaccheaus 4 29 0 11
H. Dubois 8 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 12 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
6 37 0
H. Dubois 2 12 0 8
D. Hamm 22 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 9 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
11 18 0
D. Hamm 2 9 0 8
D. Cross 15 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 8 0
D. Cross 0 0 0 0
W. Craft 23 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
5 55 0
W. Craft 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
B. Nelson 28 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 2 0.0
B. Nelson 1-0 0.0 1
C. Peace 13 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 1 1.0
C. Peace 1-0 1.0 0
A. Brown 9 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
A. Brown 1-0 1.0 0
S. Wright 90 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
S. Wright 1-0 1.0 0
C. Snowden 38 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.5
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.5
C. Snowden 0-1 0.5 0
E. Brown 43 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.5
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.5
E. Brown 0-1 0.5 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
A. Mejia 95 K
IN-GAME FG XP
0/0 6/6
SEASON FG XP
2/3 17/17
A. Mejia 0/0 0 6/6 6
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
L. Coleman 47 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
5 39.8 4
SEASON NO AVG IN20
19 40.6 4
L. Coleman 5 39.8 4 60
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
D. Hamm 22 RB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 19.0 19 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
2 16.5 19 0
D. Hamm 1 19.0 19 0
H. Dubois 8 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 32.0 32 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
1 32.0 32 0
H. Dubois 1 32.0 32 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
D. Hamm 22 RB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 17.0 17 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
5 8.8 17 0
D. Hamm 1 17.0 17 0
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
B. Rypien 4 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
57.1% 285 0 1 109.4
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
60.3% 521 0 2 114.7
B. Rypien 24/42 285 0 1
M. Cozart 3 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
36.4% 68 1 0 118.3
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
62.7% 416 6 1 152.1
M. Cozart 4/11 68 1 0
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
R. Mahone 34 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
3 21 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
6 34 0
R. Mahone 3 21 0 8
M. Cozart 3 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
5 12 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
36 191 2
M. Cozart 5 12 0 8
A. Mattison 22 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
7 11 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
40 166 2
A. Mattison 7 11 0 7
R. Wolpin 21 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
3 5 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
40 120 1
R. Wolpin 3 5 1 5
J. Roh 88 TE
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 2 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
2 8 2
J. Roh 1 2 1 2
C. Wilson 1 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 1 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
1 1 0
C. Wilson 1 1 0 1
C. Thomas 6 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 1 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
2 8 0
C. Thomas 1 1 0 1
A. Dhaenens 87 TE
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 -5 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
1 -5 0
A. Dhaenens 1 -5 0 0
B. Rypien 4 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 -18 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
10 -45 0
B. Rypien 2 -18 0 -6
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
C. Wilson 1 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
13 209 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
29 485 3
C. Wilson 13 209 1 40
A. Richardson 7 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
5 80 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
13 152 0
A. Richardson 5 80 0 25
J. Roh 88 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
5 42 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
11 87 3
J. Roh 5 42 0 13
A. Mattison 22 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 16 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
7 53 0
A. Mattison 2 16 0 10
S. Modster 8 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 4 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
6 26 0
S. Modster 1 4 0 4
O. Evans 82 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 2 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
4 28 0
O. Evans 2 2 0 3
A. Cottrell 17 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
0 0 0
A. Cottrell 0 0 0 0
R. Mahone 34 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
0 0 0
R. Mahone 0 0 0 0
C. Thomas 6 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 -3 0
C. Thomas 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
L. Vander Esch 38 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 1 0.0
L. Vander Esch 1-0 0.0 0
T. Horton 14 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 1 0.0
T. Horton 1-0 0.0 0
C. Weaver 99 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
C. Weaver 1-0 1.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
H. Hoggarth 96 K
IN-GAME FG XP
0/0 3/3
SEASON FG XP
4/4 15/15
H. Hoggarth 0/0 0 3/3 3
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
Q. Skillin 49 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
6 43.2 1
SEASON NO AVG IN20
15 42.7 1
Q. Skillin 6 43.2 1 50
J. Velazquez 46 K
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
2 42.0 0
SEASON NO AVG IN20
8 40.4 0
J. Velazquez 2 42.0 0 42
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
A. Williams 26 CB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
4 23.8 31 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
7 25.1 31 0
A. Williams 4 23.8 31 0
C. Wilson 1 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 23.5 30 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
5 28.8 30 0
C. Wilson 2 23.5 30 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
A. Williams 26 CB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 0.0 0 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
11 14.2 0 1
A. Williams 2 0.0 0 0
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
11:56 UVA 19 1:28 3 0 Punt
7:31 UVA 47 4:24 9 53 TD
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 UVA 23 5:15 10 33 Punt
7:10 UVA 12 2:59 7 88 TD
1:38 BOISE 35 0:31 2 35 TD
0:21 UVA 25 0:00 1 -2 End of Quarter
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 UVA 25 1:29 3 75 TD
10:27 UVA 20 2:56 6 20 Punt
6:57 UVA 44 0:06 1 56 TD
5:42 UVA 29 1:25 3 4 Punt
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
2:56 UVA 30 2:37 9 70 TD
12:29 UVA 41 3:19 6 16 Punt
7:53 UVA 45 3:25 6 15 Punt
2:16 UVA 20 0:00 1 -20
0:56 BOISE 13 0:25 2 -4 Game
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:51 BOISE 20 2:49 8 80 TD
10:20 BOISE 10 2:35 5 10 Punt
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
3:02 BOISE 17 2:31 6 17 Punt
9:45 BOISE 15 2:26 6 31 Punt
4:06 BOISE 22 2:24 6 13 Downs
1:07 BOISE 35 0:46 8 65 TD
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:31 BOISE 25 2:57 7 33 Punt
7:19 BOISE 15 0:15 3 0 Punt
6:45 BOISE 8 0:55 5 22 Punt
4:08 BOISE 24 1:04 4 -1 Punt
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:06 BOISE 21 1:31 8 33 INT
9:02 BOISE 11 1:01 3 2 Punt
4:20 UVA 46 1:57 9 16 Downs
2:00 BOISE 45 0:57 4 55 TD