The 25th-ranked Virginia Cavaliers (3-0, 2-0) held on to a 34-21 win over the Florida State Seminoles (1-2, 0-1) in Charlottesville on Saturday night.
The Seminoles built a 14-10 lead at halftime and led 17-10 going into the third quarter. The Cavaliers were able to break through in the fourth quarter with three touchdowns - Wayne Taulapapa ran for two of them in the final seven minutes, and finished with three scores on the game. He ran in what would prove to be the game winner with 2:34 to go from two yards out - from there the story became Virginia's defense. On eleven points the Seminoles got the ball down to the Cavaliers four yard line before Virginia's defense came through with a stop on Cam Akers to hold onto the close win.
James Blackman went 22-of-37 with 234 yards and three touchdowns passing in the losing effort - Cam Akers, the reigning ACC Running Back of the Week, led the Seminoles ground game with 78 yards. For Virginia, quarterback Bryce Perkins with 30-for-40 with 294 yards and a touchdown passing - he also threw three interceptions. Taulapapa finished the night with 53 yards on the ground, in addition to his three touchdowns.
The Seminoles now return home next Saturday to battle Louisville in their conference home opener - kickoff from Tallahassee will be 3:30 PM next Saturday afternoon.