UVA defeats archrival North Carolina 31-21 at Scott Stadium

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UVa quarterback Bryce Perkins accounted for four touchdowns, and the Virginia football team beat North Carolina 31-21 on Saturday at Scott Stadium.

"We're not satisfied", the junior transfer said.

Perkins ran for 112 yards, almost half of that coming on a drive to open the game for the Cavaliers (6-2, 4-1 ACC), who won their third conference game in a row for the first time since 2011.

The drive was critical, coach Bronco Mendenhall said, because it set the tone for the game. You can feel it on the field when we go out, or we play together.

A year ago, when Virginia reached bowl eligibility for the first time since 2011, there was a wild celebration in the locker room. "We just didn't make enough plays in the second half". It was just what are we going to do after? We're not looking at it like, 'Oh, I'm surprised we got to a bowl game, ' because we're not shocked.

For the Tar Heels, they drop to 1-6 overall and 1-4 in the ACC.

Following the game, head coach Larry Fedora spoke on his team's efforts in that second half.

"He can really run and it makes you do some things that open up some things in the passing game", he said. "You have to worry about caging and containing him in a pass rush".

The Tar Heels, meanwhile, continue to search for answers.

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"Virginia was the better team today", safety Myles Dorn said. "They don't have better talent, but they performed better today". "We still went to a bowl game, but we could have won so many other games". They just played with more of an itch. "They were more ready".

On a day when Perkins was 18 for 27 for 217 yards, he connected for scores with Joe Reed (27 yards), Hasise Dubois (33) and Evan Butts (16).

A loser of three straight, UNC lost two of those, to Virginia Tech and Syracuse, by three points each. Virginia has allowed just four touchdowns in four home games.

"The capability has always been there, but his drive for excellence keeps accelerating to a higher level", Mendenhall said.

On Friday, the team hosts its first and only home event of the fall portion of the season with SC visiting Koury Natatorium.

Virginia got things starts in the first half when it scored on the first drive of the game before UNC tied it up 7 to 7. After halftime, Elliott was just 11 for 22 for 139 yards.

The Virginia Cavaliers are going strong.

Senior Olamide Zaccheaus had 10 catches for 108 yards against the Tar Heels. The Cavaliers made a huge play late in the third quarter when Chris Peace sacked Elliott and he fumbled, Bryce Hall recovering at the UNC 35. They are scoring an average of 23.3 points per game while allowing a whopping 34.8 points per game.

The Tar Heels return to action next Saturday when they host Georgia Tech at 12:15 p.m.

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