The University of Virginia’s football squad has won its third straight game against Stanford, beating the Cardinal 34-31 on Saturday night.
The Hokies (2-2, 1-2 ACC) had trailed at halftime but then came back to take a 35-31 lead late in the third quarter.
The Eagles (1-3, 0-3) led 27-14 after two minutes of the third when a blocked punt allowed UVA to score on a 10-yard run by Josh Reynolds.
The offense scored two touchdowns on the next drive.
Stanford, meanwhile, trailed for only 2:10 into the fourth quarter before pulling away, scoring three times in the final 1:20.
The Cardinal had four first downs.
Stanfield quarterback Josh Reynolds threw for four touchdowns, including a 31-yarder with 6:24 left in the fourth.
But UVA converted two of those into first downs and a 3-yard touchdown run by Marcus McNeil with 14:47 left.
Stanley receiver Jordan Jones had three catches for 70 yards, and receiver Jaius Johnson had two catches for 19 yards.
Stanridge was able to put together two scoring drives in the first half, scoring on three of its first four possessions.
The first came on a 12-yard pass to quarterback Marcus McNeill.
The second came on third-and-goal from the 2 with 3:37 left in first quarter.
UVA was able put together a 28-yard drive on the ensuing kickoff, then kicked a field goal to give the Eagles a 34-30 lead with 1:45 left.UVA’s defense held Stanford to 37 yards on 14 carries.
That included four tackles for loss, including three by safety Matt Dennison, who had five tackles.
McNeil had two tackles for the loss, as well as one tackle for loss by linebacker Ryan Dannett.
The offense, meanwhile was able get a touchdown on its first drive of the second half.
McNeill passed to Reynolds for a 1-yard gain and the team scored on a 2-yard TD pass from Johnson to Jones.
The second quarter saw the defense hold Stanford to three first downs on 15 plays.
The team scored the next touchdown on a 4-yard play to Reynolds, who connected with a wide-open Reynolds on the first play of the quarter.
The next play, the Eagles scored a touchdown off a two-yard reception by McNeil.
The first-half drive saw UVA go on a 20-play, 74-yard scoring drive.
McNeese threw to Reynolds on third down to the 49, where he passed to Jones, who was in the end zone on a 17-yard completion to Jones with 1.3 seconds left.
The Eagles converted their ensuing first down to extend the lead to 33-30 with 6 minutes, 28 seconds remaining.UVa’s next drive of five plays ended with the Eagles taking a timeout and then going on offense again.
UVS quarterback Marcus McNally fumbled and McNeil intercepted the pass.UVS went on a drive of seven plays with five drives totaling 56 yards, including two scoring plays.
On a 3rd-and_1 pass from McNeil, the team took a 4:02 lead into halftime.
McNeal made two completions to Reynolds.
On UVAís next drive, McNeil completed a 16-yard score to Jones to extend his scoring streak to 19 games.
Uvs defense held the Eagles to four first down on the final drive.
The third quarter featured two scoring throws by McNees, the first coming to Reynolds who caught a 7-yard screen pass from Dennisons to Jones on third and 1 with 1 minutes left.
Mcnees then threw to Johnson on the 1, which was intercepted by McNeill, and the defense held UVS to five first downs to give them a 21-17 lead at halftime.
Stanber scored on UVS first possession of the fourth to take the lead with 13:11 remaining in the game.
The defense held a 28 percent completion rate and had three sacks, but UVA scored a TD on its next possession, on its second play of fourth quarter.
Stanfall scored on the fourth play of third quarter to make it 28-27, but the offense failed to convert on its fourth drive of fourth-and 1 at the 2.
The third down was picked up by Dennings, who returned it 29 yards to the UVS 5.
McNEes then completed a 9-yard throw to Jones for a 2 to make the score 28-28.
Uvs defense kept the Cardinal to only one first down, a 10 yards, on their final drive of third-down work.
McBrien then threw a 10 yard pass to Jones and UVS drove down the field for a touchdown.
Stanston had no first downs after that.UVs defense allowed