Virginia Rallies Past North Carolina in OT, 16-13
Oct. 18, 2008
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP)--Cedric Peerman scored from two yards in overtime to give Virginia a 16-13 win over No. 18 North Carolina on Saturday.
Virginia (4-3, 2-1, Atlantic Coast Conference) trailed 10-3 with 2:18 to play, but Peerman scored on a two-yard run with 47 seconds left in regulation and Robert Randolph's conversion was barely good to send the game into overtime.
Casey Barth kicked a 28-yard field goal to begin OT, and North Carolina (5-2, 1-2) led 13-10.
Tight end John Phillips caught a 19-yard pass from Marc Verica to put the ball on the Tar Heels' four. Peerman ran for two yards and then two more for the winning score.
The win extended the Cavaliers 14-game winning streak at Scott Stadium.
North Carolina, which won its previous three games and was off to its best start since winning eight straight games to start 1997, was without key playmaker Brandon Tate, who suffered torn ligaments in his right knee in last week's win over Notre Dame. He was lost for the season.
Tate had five touchdowns and was leading the ACC in all-purpose yards when he was hurt.
The highlight of the 10-play, 83-yard drive was Cameron Sexton's 25-yard pass to Hakeem Nicks. It was intended for Richard Quinn, but it bounced out of his hands, and then just past the reach of two Cavalier defenders and into Nicks' hands.
Sophomore Shaun Draughn, who switched from safety to tailback this season, had 13 carries for 80 yards in the first quarter. He had 140 yards--the third straight game he's rushed for more than 100.
Virginia, held to just 18 yards in the first quarter and 59 in the first half, got a fortunate break early in the third quarter. Sexton's short pass rolled right into the arms of nose tackle Nick Jenkins for an interception.
The Cavaliers took over on the Tar Heel 34, but had to settle for a 37-yard field goal by Randolph.
On the Tar Heels' next possession, Nicks caught a pass near midfield and fumbled. After Chase Minnifield recovered the ball on Virginia's 45, the Cavaliers were able to drive to the North Carolina 23.
Randolph attempted a 39-yard field goal, but it was blocked.
Virginia drove to the North Carolina 39, but its drive stalled, and was forced to punt. The Tar Heels took over on their own five-yard line with 9:51 to play and made three third-down plays--two receptions by Nicks and a 10-yard run by Draughn to keep the ball away from the Cavaliers. Hicks, who leads the ACC in receiving added a 23-yarder after North Carolina called its final timeout with the ball on the Virginia 42.
Barth's 40-yard field goal with 2:22 remaining gave the Tar Heels their 10-3 lead. The Tar Heels' 15-play drive lasted 7:29.
Getting the ball back with 2:18 to play, the Cavaliers drove 82 yards in 1:35, Peerman scored on a two-yard run, and Randolph lined up for the extra point. His attempt was tipped and barely made it over the crossbar for a 10-10 tie with 47 seconds to play.