Recap: Virginia vs. Kent State
Charlottesville, VA (SportsNetwork.com) - Matt Johns threw for two touchdowns and rushed for another as the Virginia Cavaliers rode an offensive surge in the second half to claim a 45-13 victory over the Kent State Golden Flashes at Scott Stadium.
Johns completed 17-of-28 pass attempts for 227 yards and also was intercepted twice for Virginia (3-2). He picked up a team-high 65 yards on the ground as well. Kevin Parks finished with 104 total yards (61 rushing, 43 receiving) and two total touchdowns.
Colin Reardon only completed 15-of-32 pass attempts and was picked off three times, offsetting his lone touchdown throw for Kent State (0-4). Nick Holley (36 yards) was the team's leading rusher and James Brooks (76 yards, TD) led the way through the air.
It was the Golden Flashes who struck first, with Reardon connecting with Brooks for a 45-yard touchdown midway through the first quarter.
With 5:34 to play in the opening period, Reardon was intercepted by Maurice Canady, who returned the ball 69 yards for a touchdown.
The Golden Flashes reclaimed the lead before the first quarter ended when Anthony Melchiori nailed a 31-yard field goal.
That lead didn't last very long, as Virginia went up 14-10 less than a minute into the second quarter on a 25-yard touchdown pass from Johns to Khalek Shepherd.
A 22-yard field goal from Ian Frye put the Cavaliers up by seven points early in the third quarter.
The Cavaliers really started to pull away from there, with Parks tallying a four-yard touchdown run with just over seven minutes remaining in the frame.
Johns added a one-yard touchdown run in the third quarter and an 11-yard touchdown pass to Parks early in the fourth.
Taquan Mizzell kept Virginia rolling with a two-yard touchdown run with just under nine minutes to play.
Kent State finally ended its scoring drought with a 43-yard field goal from Melchiori three minutes later, but that was the final score for either team.
After failing to score on six of their eight possessions in the first half, the Cavaliers tallied points on five of seven second-half drives.Game Notes