Dec 28, 2023; Boston, MA, USA; Southern Methodist Mustangs wide receiver Roderick Daniels Jr. (13) runs the ball against the Boston College Eagles during the first half at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Eric Canha-USA TODAY Sports

Thomas Castellanos’ fourth-quarter TDs lead BC past SMU in Fenway Bowl

BOSTON — Thomas Castellanos rushed for two fourth-quarter touchdowns as Boston College rallied past SMU 23-14 Thursday in the Fenway Bowl at Fenway Park.

Castellanos ran for 156 yards on 21 carries and logged 96 of his 102 passing yards in the second half to lead the Eagles (7-6), who lost their last three regular-season games.

The bowl win was BC’s first since 2016.

Castellanos’ rushing touchdowns came from 15 and 14 yards and enabled Boston College to overcome a 14-10 deficit.

BC’s Kye Robichaux also rushed for 87 yards and a touchdown.

SMU (11-3), which had a nine-game winning streak snapped, was shut out 13-0 in the second half and gained just three first downs in the fourth quarter.

SMU’s Kevin Jennings was 24-of-48 for 191 passing yards and a score. He added 51 yards on the ground.

Castellanos ran in the go-ahead score with 12:22 left after hitting freshman Jaedn Skeete twice during the eight-play, 72-yard drive, including a 32-yarder to set up the chance in the red zone.

After John Pupel broke up Jennings’ fourth-down pass, the Eagles needed just three plays to convert again, taking a 23-14 lead following a missed Liam Connor PAT. Robichaux ripped off consecutive runs before Castellanos found the right edge for the insurance score.

SMU crossed midfield on its opening series before a turnover — Neto Okpala recovering Jennings’ fumble — allowed Boston College to score first on Connor’s 45-yard field goal through steady rain and wind with 6:21 left in the first quarter.

Castellanos moved the chains with his feet on each of the Eagles’ first two drives, but a penalty on fourth down forced Connor to attempt 45-yarder. A miss wide kept the 3-0 score.

The Mustangs took a 7-3 lead on LJ Johnson Jr.’s 1-yard run with 9:14 left before halftime. Jennings extended the 15-play, 78-yard drive on 4th-and-4, finding Jake Bailey for a 5-yard completion along the sideline.

After Castellanos racked up 48 yards on five consecutive rushes, Robichaux scored a 6-yard run up the middle four plays later to lift the Eagles with 3:07 in the half.

SMU led 14-10 at the break as Jennings hit Knighton for a 6-yard pass to the right after eluding two tackles ahead of an earlier completion to Adam Moore.

With Boston College driving deep into opposing territory to start the third quarter, Alexander Kilgore intercepted Castellanos’ underthrown pass. However, SMU was scoreless in the period after KP Price blocked Collin Rogers’ 45-yard field goal to end a separate 15-play, 60-yard drive.

–By Josh Kummins, Field Level Media

Oct 20, 2023; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; SMU Mustangs quarterback Kevin Jennings (7) throws the ball against the Temple Owls during the second half at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory Fisher-USA TODAY Sports

SMU into enemy territory to face Boston College at Fenway Bowl

No. 24 SMU aims for its 10th consecutive win when it treks north to meet future Atlantic Coast Conference foe Boston College in the second-ever Fenway Bowl on Thursday at Boston’s venerable Fenway Park.

The Mustangs are 11-2, beating Tulane 26-14 to win the American Athletic Conference championship — their first crown since 1984 in the Southwest Conference — following an 8-0 record in league play.

SMU has outscored opponents by more than 23 points per game and has logged 466.2 yards of offense per game. The Mustangs’ only two losses came at then-No. 18 Oklahoma and TCU, which played for the national championship last January.

Despite the success, SMU was not selected for a New Year’s Six game.

“The bottom line is we’re still celebrating (a conference championship) and we’re not going to let things that maybe we don’t agree with overshadow that,” SMU coach Rhett Lashlee said of the bowl announcement.

After star sophomore quarterback Preston Stone broke his leg in the regular-season finale against Navy, SMU turned to Kevin Jennings for his first career start in the AAC title game. The redshirt freshman threw for 203 yards and a touchdown.

The Mustangs’ balanced offense has accounted for 32 passing and 28 rushing touchdowns. SMU has eight 300-yard receivers, led by RJ Maryland’s 518 with seven touchdowns. Jaylan Knighton has 720 rushing yards and seven scores.

SMU ranks second nationally in sacks with 47, behind Elijah Roberts’ 10. The Mustangs are sixth in scoring offense at 40.6 points per game.

Lashlee, who was UConn’s offensive coordinator for a 2017 game against Boston College at Fenway Park, knows the significance of finishing the season on a high note.

“We haven’t won a bowl game here (since 2012), we need to try to accomplish that,” Lashlee said. “Getting (win) No. 12 to tie the school record would be big time. Whether or not we win or lose, that game’s not going to really validate or diminish this team’s accomplishment, I think it’s pretty cemented.”

The Eagles (6-6) look to the bowl invitation as a fresh start after losing to Virginia Tech, Pitt and Miami consecutively to end the regular season, following a five-game win streak that was their longest since 2010.

Thomas Castellanos ranks third in the country for rushing yards by a quarterback with 957. The UCF transfer threw for 15 touchdowns – including seven to Lewis Bond – and ran for 11 during the regular year.

Coach Jeff Hafley feels that Castellanos is throwing the ball as well as he has as an Eagle.

“He’s got a chance to be special,” Hafley said. “I think we’re only seeing the very surface of it.”

The bowl will offer a glimpse of Boston College’s future. Team-leading linebacker and captain Vinny DePalma (87 total tackles) is one of only three graduate students listed as a definite starter on the depth chart.

“That’s rare around college football right now,” Hafley said. “The guys that are gonna play in this game, maybe less than five are leaving. I think it’s really important to keep building.”

The Eagles have been bowl eligible four times since 2018, but only the 2020 Birmingham Bowl was actually played due to weather or COVID-19 protocols during that stretch.

Louisville beat Cincinnati 24-7 in the inaugural Fenway Bowl in 2022.

–Field Level Media

Nov 24, 2023; Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, USA; Miami Hurricanes running back Henry Parrish Jr. (21) runs against Boston College Eagles defensive back CJ Clinkscales (26) during the first half at Alumni Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Fluharty-USA TODAY Sports

Miami tops Boston College to end three-game losing skid

Tyler Van Dyke was 23 of 36 for 290 passing yards and two touchdowns while Henry Parrish Jr. rushed for a pair of scores as Miami beat Boston College 45-20 on Friday at Chestnut Hill, Mass.

The Hurricanes (7-5, 3-5 Atlantic Coast Conference) scored on four of their five first-half drives and cruised to the win, breaking a three-game losing streak.

Parrish, who returned following an injury in the third quarter, racked up 111 yards on 11 carries.

Van Dyke connected with nine different receivers to lead Miami’s attack, including Xavier Restrepo, who logged 117 yards on six catches. Jacolby George and Colbie Young each hauled in a touchdown.

Thomas Castellanos ran and threw for a total of two touchdowns for Boston College (6-6, 3-5), which finished the regular season on a three-game losing streak. The dual-threat quarterback accounted for 151 passing (15 of 25, two interceptions) and 130 rushing yards.

Miami held a 532-294 advantage in total yards, including a 196-58 count during its 21-point second quarter.

The Eagles began the game with a 10-play, 75-yard scoring drive before punting on their next four possessions.

Castellanos began the opening series with a pair of quarterback keepers and connected with Dino Tomlin on a 40-yard pass on the way to Kye Robichaux scoring on a 1-yard run.

A pair of long third-down conversions and drawing a 15-yard penalty allowed Miami to tie the game on a 1-yard run by Mark Fletcher Jr., who gained the last 18 yards of the 15-play, 67-yard drive over 7:21.

Parrish cut to the outside for a 15-yard run that put Miami ahead with 12:49 left in the second. The drive took just 3:03, thanks in part to an earlier 25-yard connection between Van Dyke and George.

The Hurricanes made it a two-score game with four minutes before halftime as Young caught a 10-yard touchdown. Restrepo’s 24-yard grab on fourth down set up the score.

Another George catch set up Parrish’s 2-yard touchdown run late in the first half.

After Gilbert Tongrongou’s fumble recovery changed possession early in the third, Castellanos broke through for a 21-yard touchdown that brought Boston College back within 28-14.

George caught a 4-yard touchdown with 2:49 left in the third, capping an 11-play, 92-yard drive that included a diving 28-yard catch by Restrepo in the red zone.

Andres Borregales’ 26-yard field goal with 8:36 remaining extended the Hurricane lead.

After a turnaround catch by Boston College’s Jaedn Skeete along the sideline, Lewis Bond’s 2-yard, over-the-shoulder catch in the back of the end zone made it a 38-20 game with 5:50 left. A two-point conversion attempt failed.

Ajay Allen’s 30-yard run with 1:07 left put the exclamation point on the Miami win.

–Field Level Media

Nov 11, 2023; Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, USA; Virginia Tech Hokies quarterback Kyron Drones (1) hands the ball to running back Bhayshul Tuten (33) during the first half against the Boston College Eagles at Alumni Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Eric Canha-USA TODAY Sports

Va. Tech topples BC behind 3 TDs from Bhayshul Tuten

Bhayshul Tuten rushed for three touchdowns and Kyron Drones threw for two as Virginia Tech broke Boston College’s five-game win streak with a 48-22 win in Saturday’s Atlantic Coast Conference action at Chestnut Hill, Mass.

Tech (5-5, 4-2) finished with a 600-262 advantage in total yards, taking firm control in a 21-point second quarter that gave it a 31-7 halftime lead.

Drones was 12-for-17 for 219 passing yards and rushed for 135 yards on 20 carries to lead the Hokies.

Tuten rushed for 78 yards on 16 carries, while Da’Quan Felton caught four passes for 101 yards.

Dorian Strong set the tone for the Hokies’ defense, intercepting quarterback Thomas Castellanos on two of Boston College’s first three offensive series.

Leading the Eagles (6-4, 3-3), Castellanos was 10 of 20 for 110 yards and a touchdown while rushing for 46 more.

Jaedn Skeete and Xavier Coleman each scored their first career touchdowns.

John Pupel had nine tackles (seven solo).

After Strong intercepted Castellanos’ opening pass attempt from scrimmage, John Love’s 27-yard field goal got the Hokies on the board first.

Boston College responded quickly with an eight-play drive, scoring Alex Broome’s 4-yard touchdown up the middle. Broome also dialed up a preceding 36-yard scamper.

The hosts then forced a 3-and-out before Strong’s second pick spurred the ensuing series. Tech took the lead on Tuten’s 7-yard run up the middle with 1:28 left in the first quarter.

The Hokies’ go-ahead scoring drive featured a 25-yard pass to Dae’Quan Wright followed by 10 straight rushes.

A recovered onside kick allowed Tech to take the ball again, extending its lead on Drones’ 22-yard pass to Stephen Gosnell early in the second.

Drones busted out a 59-yard run to begin the Hokies’ next touchdown drive, with a 5-yard pass to Jaylin Lane coming three plays later with 7:04 left in the first half.

Two plays after Felton hauled in a 70-yard strike, Tuten’s 4-yard rush made it 31-7 with 1:33 before halftime.

The Hokies ate up 6:04 to begin the second half, adding to their lead with another 4-yard run by Tuten.

Castellanos hit Skeete for an 8-yard touchdown and Lewis Bond for a 2-point conversion, bringing the Eagles back within 38-15 with 2:52 left in the third.

Malachi Thomas broke through for a 35-yard touchdown run and Love booted a 46-yard field goal as Tech scored twice in the first 4:06 of the final period.

Coleman’s 1-yard run with 4:26 left closed the scoring.

–Field Level Media

Nov 3, 2023; Syracuse, New York, USA; Boston College Eagles quarterback Thomas Castellanos (1) runs with the ball as Syracuse Orange defensive lineman Caleb Okechukwu (4) and defensive back Justin Barron (8) try to make the tackle during the second half at the JMA Wireless Dome. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

Streaking BC looks to keep Virginia Tech winless on road

Boston College will aim for its first six-game winning streak since 2007 when the Eagles host Virginia Tech in an Atlantic Coast Conference matchup Saturday at Chestnut Hill, Mass.

The Eagles (6-3, 3-2) return home looking to build on last Friday’s 17-10 win at Syracuse, an outcome that secured their bowl eligibility for the third time under fourth-year coach Jeff Hafley.

“I’d be crazy to think that our guys aren’t paying attention to what’s going on around the league,” Hafley said. “I’d be disappointed if our guys didn’t have goals that were bigger than just making a bowl game.”

Last week, another Boston College game came down to the fourth quarter.

Thomas Castellanos’ 7-yard run with 2:23 left was the winning score, but improved depth has been equally crucial to BC posting an average of 412.3 yards per game, the 47th-highest total in the country.

With Patrick Garwo out for the season because of a leg injury and Kye Robichaux (undisclosed) also hurt, junior running back Andre Hines rushed for 32 yards on five carries over BC’s last two series.

“Especially later in the season, everyone across the country is a bit banged up,” Eagles captain and linebacker Vinny DePalma said. “You need that depth to pay off. I think we’re seeing it.”

Virginia Tech (4-5, 3-2) had won back-to-back ACC games before last Saturday’s 34-3 loss at then-No. 13 Louisville. The Hokies are 0-4 on the road this season.

“I think we’re still a team that’s learning and growing, and part of that is learning how to win on the road,” Tech coach Brent Pry said. “… It’s the same 100-yard field (home or away), but obviously we got to look at some things. I think it’s more about us just playing to our potential.”

Last week was a struggle for the Hokies’ offense, which totaled only 140 yards — below 200 for the first time since 2015.

Bhayshul Tuten was a bright spot, rushing for 57 yards on 11 carries. Quarterback Kyron Drones, who has thrown for 1,305 yards and seven touchdowns this season, had his streak of 159 consecutive pass attempts without an interception snapped.

–Field Level Media

Oct 26, 2023; Blacksburg, Virginia, USA; Syracuse Orange quarterback Garrett Shrader (6) runs away from Virginia Tech Hokies defensive lineman Antwaun Powell-Ryland (52) during the first quarter at Lane Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Peter Casey-USA TODAY Sports

Syracuse back home, looking to halt skid in matchup vs. BC

Boston College and Syracuse are trending in opposite directions entering Friday night’s Atlantic Coast Conference contest on the Orange’s home turf.

The Eagles (5-3, 2-2) have won four in a row, while the Orange (4-4, 0-4) have dropped four straight and are the only remaining winless team in ACC play.

Boston College allowed at least 27 points in each of its first four games but has not yielded more than 24 in any game during its current winning streak. The Eagles are coming off a 21-14 triumph against UConn in a game in which the Eagles’ Kye Robichaux ran for 112 yards and two touchdowns.

Syracuse, meanwhile, is looking to recover from a brutal stretch in which it lost to Clemson, North Carolina, Florida State and Virginia Tech by a combined margin of 150-34. On the bright side, the Orange have won two straight matchups with the Eagles, including 32-23 a season ago.

Friday’s contest will be the Eagles’ third road game in the last four outings, although the team certainly won’t be getting any sympathy cards from the Orange.

Syracuse has not played at home since its Sept. 30 loss against Clemson.

“(It’s been) a long time,” Orange coach Dino Babers said about returning home. “I think back to other offenses having trouble during their snap counts, other offenses jumping offsides. Hearing the crowd get excited, watching the defense get excited to get another opportunity 5 yards back. I want those good times again. There’s no place like Dome. This is the perfect time for us to come home. It’s exactly what the doctor ordered.”

Boston College coach Jeff Hafley has conducted some of this week’s practices indoors with pumped-in noise to simulate the upcoming conditions in Syracuse, N.Y.

“We turned on the music as loud as you can make it, so you can’t hear anything,” said Hafley. “It won’t sound exactly the same, but we can make it so you really can’t hear. … I’m sure the game will be loud; I’m sure there will be a great crowd and a great atmosphere. It usually is there, and it’s a Friday night game.”

–Field Level Media

Oct 28, 2023; Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, USA; Connecticut Huskies running back Camryn Edwards (0) rushes against the Boston College Eagles during the first half at Alumni Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Fluharty-USA TODAY Sports

BC slips past UConn, extends win streak to four

Kye Robichaux posted his second straight two-touchdown game as Boston College held off visiting UConn for a 21-14 win in its Saturday nonconference finale at Chestnut Hill, Mass.

Robichaux racked up 112 yards on 23 carries as the lead rusher for the Eagles (5-3), who responded to UConn’s opening score with three straight touchdowns and held on for its fourth consecutive win.

BC held a 433-222 advantage in total offense.

Eagles quarterback Thomas Castellanos was 16-of-24 passing for 151 yards and a touchdown to Alex Broome, who was one of nine different BC receivers to catch a pass. Freshman Jaedn Skeete had four catches for 61 yards.

Cam Edwards led UConn (1-7) with 89 yards rushing and a touchdown on 16 carries. The Huskies managed only 92 net yards on the ground.

UConn QB Ta’Quan Roberson went 11-of-24 passing for 130 yards. Huskies linebacker Tui Faumuina-Brown had a game-high 12 tackles.

After UConn defensive end Pryce Yates recovered a Castellanos fumble, Edwards’ running and a pair of Roberson third-down completions helped the Huskies drive for a touchdown with 4:26 left in the first quarter. Jelani Stafford powered in for the 1-yard score.

The Eagles responded on the ensuing possession as Robichaux’s 5-yard run capped a 10-play, 75-yard drive in 4:17. A 17-yard Castellanos run and 15-yard toss to Lewis Bond set up the touchdown before the opening quarter ended.

Broome led BC’s go-ahead drive, logging four rushing plays before coming out of the backfield for a 6-yard touchdown pass from Castellanos on the third down. The 12-play, 66-yard drive took 6:02 off the second-quarter clock.

BC forced a turnover on downs at the UConn 40-yard line before halftime, but Castellanos had a throw to the end zone intercepted by Malik Dixon-Williams.

Emmett Morehead started the second half at quarterback for the Eagles, leading a 14-play drive that fell short after Liam Connor’s 44-yard field goal attempt went wide right.

Castellanos returned for BC’s next series, completing passes to Jaden Williams and Charlie Gordiner before Robichaux’s 13-yard touchdown run up the middle made it 21-7 with 40 seconds left in the third.

The Huskies made it a one-possession game when Edwards rushed to the right for a 30-yard score 1:09 into the fourth. UConn’s Noe Ruelas’ was just short on a 54-yard field goal with 6:44 left, ending an eight-play drive.

–Field Level Media

Oct 7, 2023; West Point, New York, USA; Boston College Eagles quarterback Thomas Castellanos (1) celebrates his touchdown against the Army Black Knights during the first half at Michie Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports

Thomas Castellanos (4 TDs), Boston College edge Army

Thomas Castellanos scored his fourth rushing touchdown of the game, a 1-yard run with 25 seconds left in regulation to lift Boston College to a 27-24 win over Army on a rainy Saturday afternoon at West Point, N.Y.

Castellanos, who threw for just 73 yards, accounted for 142 of the Eagles’ season-high 299 rushing yards on 31 carries, including 17 on a key rush into the red zone that set up the winning 12-play, 62-yard drive.

Pat Garwo added 111 rushing yards, helping lead BC (3-3) to its second straight victory.

Army (2-3) held a 21-14 second-half scoring advantage, taking a 24-20 lead with 11:43 left as Bryson Daily completed a 9-yard strike to Tyson Riley between two defenders.

Leading the Black Knights, Daily was 10-of-13 passing for 105 yards and a touchdown while rushing for a team-high 99 yards on 14 carries.

BC had a 372-266 advantage in total yards.

Army looked to put the game away following a fourth-down stop, but an illegal forward pass penalty nullified Daily’s 50-yard touchdown pass to Hayden Reed, giving BC the ball back with 5:24 left for the deciding drive.

BC led 13-3 at halftime before the game opened up with matching scores out of intermission. Zach Mundell’s 53-yard kickoff return began Army’s first series of the second half, setting up a six-play drive that led to a Tyrell Robinson 10-yard touchdown run.

Garwo’s 50-yard burst brought BC into the red zone, where Castellanos rushed left for a 10-yard score with 7:36 left in the third.

An eight-play, 69-yard drive — capped by Reed’s 6-yard rush with 2:51 to go in the third — brought Army back within 20-17.

After forcing Army’s first of three consecutive 3-and-outs to begin the game, BC started its second series on a short field and finished a five-play, 40-yard drive for the opening score. Castellanos wiggled free for a 20-yard touchdown through the teeth of the defense with 7:35 left in the first.

BC’s lead was only 6-0 as Liam Connor missed the point-after attempt. Army had not allowed a first-quarter score in its first four games.

Quindrelin Hammonds’ interception got Army started in the second. Quinn Maretzki cut the Black Knights’ deficit in half on a 22-yard field goal at the 10:08 mark.

With 1:24 left before half, Castellanos punched in a 4-yard score to cap a season-long, 17-play drive which BC extended with a pair of fourth-down conversions.

–Field Level Media

Sep 30, 2023; Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, USA; Boston College Eagles quarterback Thomas Castellanos (1) looks to pass against the Virginia Cavaliers during the second half at Alumni Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Fluharty-USA TODAY Sports

Boston College brings momentum into clash with Army

Boston College looks to get back to .500 when it faces Army for the first time in a decade Saturday at West Point, N.Y.

The Eagles (2-3) take a break from Atlantic Coast Conference play following their 27-24 win against Virginia last Saturday.

The Black Knights (2-2) have been idle since losing to another ACC school Sept. 23, falling 29-16 at Syracuse.

In the victory over Virginia, BC orchestrated its largest halftime comeback since 1997 while allowing only 39 total second-half yards.

“We’ve got to go 1-0 this week,” Eagles coach Jeff Hafley said. “I said we needed to play Virginia like we’re playing the best team in the country, and we need to treat Army the same way.”

Against Virginia, Thomas Castellanos passed for 183 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 78 yards while the defense stepped up with six sacks after entering the game with just four all season.

Hafley knows the challenge ahead with Army, which ranks second nationally in rushing offense (289.4 yards per game).

“This is going to be a very physical, tough game,” he said. “We’ve got to throw everything into this one and then we can take a break.”

The Eagles have next weekend off before resuming ACC play at Georgia Tech on Oct. 21.

Army is well-rested for just its second home game of the season.

“Bye weeks … are a great chance to get healthy and get a two-week preparation on an opponent, but it’s odd to be sitting on a Saturday watching everyone else play and not have a game ourselves,” Black Knights coach Jeff Monken said. “Our guys practice because they like to play. I think they get excited about playing these games against Power 5 opponents.”

Noah Short logged a career-high 105 receiving yards in the loss to Syracuse, including an 80-yard touchdown from Bryson Daily.

That pair’s continued emergence will go a long way for the Black Knights, who last beat BC in 2012.

“It’s going to be a tough game to win, but it is a game that we’ve got to win if we want to be in the conversation for postseason play,” Monken said. “I think it’s OK to recognize that.”

–Field Level Media

Sep 2, 2023; Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, USA; Boston College Eagles quarterback Thomas Castellanos (1) celebrates after a touchdown during the second half against the Northern Illinois Huskies at Alumni Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Paul Rutherford-USA TODAY Sports

Boston College seeking turnaround against winless Virginia

Boston College and Virginia look to right the ship after different types of games produced the same Week 4 result.

The Atlantic Coast Conference foes meet for the first time since 2020 on Saturday in Chestnut Hill, Mass.

A week after going down to the wire with then-No. 3 Florida State, the Eagles (1-3, 0-2 ACC) are coming off a 56-28 loss at Louisville in which they racked up 400 yards of total offense for the third consecutive game — a mark they reached only three times all of last season.

Thomas Castellanos had a hand in all four BC touchdowns. Two of his three through the air went to Lewis Bond.

The UCF transfer has passed for 909 yards and eight touchdowns and leads the Eagles with 280 rushing yards.

“I think he is starting to be more consistent and the wideouts are probably more comfortable with him now because he’s played more,” BC coach Jeff Hafley said.

However, the Eagles need to start faster. They were down 28-0 before scoring and allowed touchdowns on Louisville’s first six possessions last week.

“We looked a little sluggish and slow at certain positions,” Hafley said. “Our guys are excited to get the taste of that game out of their mouth.”

Virginia (0-4, 0-1) enters with the ACC’s worst scoring defense and offense — scoring 20.8 and allowing 37.8 points per game — and remains the league’s only winless team after losing 24-21 on a last-second field goal last Friday against NC State.

NC State was the first opponent the Cavaliers outscored in the fourth quarter this season, but even freshman Anthony Colandrea’s last-minute touchdown drive — bouncing back from two fourth-quarter interceptions — was not enough.

“He’s a competitor. I think that’s what makes him special,” Virginia coach Tony Elliott said. “He believes he can make every throw.”

Colandrea is expected to be replaced this weekend by Tony Muskett, the Monmouth transfer who started the season-opening loss to Tennessee but was sidelined with a shoulder injury.

Malik Washington became only the third Cavaliers player to ever record three straight 100-yard receiving games in a season. He had a career day with 10 receptions for 170 yards and two touchdowns against NC State.

Though Virginia is 0-4 for the first time since 1982, its late fight was a positive sign.

“I think they’re starting to understand and believe what it takes to win consistently, right?” Elliott said.

–Field Level Media