NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Jordan Ellis rushed for 3 touchdowns as a part of a 38-point first part for Virginia because the Cavaliers beat Ohio 45-31 Saturday in a recreation performed at Vanderbilt Stadium because of Typhoon Florence.

The sport was once scheduled to be a house recreation for Virginia however was once moved to Nashville previous within the week with Florence bearing down at the Atlantic Coast. Admission for the sport was once unfastened, and an introduced crowd of five,438 enthusiasts attended the sport.

Virginia trainer Bronco Mendenhall was once happy that his group confirmed the unravel had to get his a victory following a making an attempt week.

“The entire thing is bizarre. Now not realizing whether or not we have been going to play was once bizarre, now not know the place we have been going to play was once bizarre,” Virginia trainer Bronco Mendenhall stated. “Coming an afternoon early and converting accommodations two times, after which appearing as much as an empty stadium that we haven’t any association with, the entire thing was once bizarre.”

The Cavaliers (2-1) scored on their first two offensive performs of the sport towards the Bobcats (1-1) of the Mid-The us Convention. First, Ellis scored from 18 yards out after Virginia took ownership of the ball following an Eli Hanback fumble restoration after Chris Peace stripped Ohio quarterback Nathan Rourke of the soccer at the Bobcats’ first ownership.

Following a three-and-out from the Cavalier protection, Virginia took ownership of the ball by itself 14. The Cavaliers wasted no time, as quarterback Bryce Perkins, who was once 25 of 30 for 379 yards passing, finished a brief throw to Zaccheaus, who made a tackler omit alongside the appropriate sideline and raced 86 yards for Virginia’s 2d landing in a span of one:21.

“It was once very large,” Ellis stated. “We would have liked to come back out and get started rapid. We would have liked to start out rapid, however the factor we wish to paintings on is conserving that up all during the sport.”

Ohio stayed within the recreation, going 80 yards in 5 performs. A 70-yard scramble through Rourke gave the Bobcats first-and-goal on the Cavaliers’ four, and Malek Irons scored two performs later from a backyard out to chop the Virginia result in 14-7.

Virginia scored 3 unanswered touchdowns, getting two ratings from Ellis. Ellis scored on a 75-yard run at the Cavaliers’ first play in their fourth offensive sequence to make the ranking 21-7, then then capped an 11-play, 68-yard Cavalier power in the second one quarter to position Virginia up 28-7.

The Cavaliers took their greatest lead of the day when Perkins discovered Hasise Dubois for a 10-yard ranking to cap a nine-play, 44-yard power with 2:52 left within the first part.

However the Bobcats were given again into the sport with two touchdowns inside of a minute. Ohio’s protection pressured a fumble through Perkins on a strip sack through Chukwudi Chukwu that teammate Eric Popp recovered on the Virginia 29-yard line. At the first offensive play following the turnover, Rourke fired a 29-yard landing go to Papi White to trim the result in 35-14.

Popp then got here up large once more, convalescing an onside kick and Ohio cashed in when Rourke threw his 2d landing go, this one a 36-yard throw to Isiah Cox with 50 seconds left within the part to trim the Cavaliers’ result in 35-21.

Virginia used the rest time within the part to get into box target vary, and A.J. Mejia delivered from 32 yards away to offer the Cavaliers a 38-21 halftime lead.

The scoring slowed within the 3rd quarter, with Ohio getting the one issues of the length, hanging in combination a six-play, 80-yard power with Irons scoring from a backyard out to chop the Virginia result in 10 issues.

Virginia after all put the sport away with a 77-yard landing go from Perkins to Zaccheaus with 6:01 left to play.

Ohio’s Louie Zervos made a 45-yard box target with 2:59 left to account for the overall margin.

THE TAKEAWAY

Virginia: The Cavaliers did a lot in their harm within the first part, scoring 38 issues, a lot of them with explosive performs. Quarterback Bryce Perkins was once 25 of 30 for 379 yards and 3 touchdowns. Virginia had 3 other one-play scoring drives within the first quarter. However in the second one part, the Cavaliers stalled out, not able to position any issues at the board till 6:01 to play within the recreation.

Ohio: Nathan Rourke struggled within the first quarter, going simply 2 of 6 for eight yards and dropping a fumble, however discovered his rhythm. He completed the day 16 of 31 for 246 yards. Papi White completed with six catches for 131 yards and a landing. He recorded his 3rd consecutive 100-yard receiving recreation, relationship again to Bahamas Bowl on the finish of the 2017 season.

UP NEXT

Ohio: The Bobcats talk over with Cincinnati subsequent Saturday.

Virginia: The Cavaliers open Atlantic Coast Convention play, internet hosting Louisville subsequent Saturday.

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