UVA football suffers close loss to Louisville, 28-21

LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY – OCTOBER 26: Bryce Perkins #3 of the Virginia Cavaliers. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (VirginiaSports.com) – The Virginia Cavaliers (5-3, 3-2 ACC) fell late to the Louisville Cardinals (5-3, 3-2 ACC) on Saturday, 28-21, at Cardinal Stadium.

Virginia had a chance in the closing seconds to force overtime. Bryce Perkins found Tavares Kelly on a four-yard scoring strike with 21 seconds left to make it 28-21. Hasise Dubois recovered the ensuing on-side kick from A.J. Mejia to give UVA a chance at the Louisville 41. With four seconds remaining Perkins’ pass to the end zone fell incomplete, clinching the win for the Cardinals.

LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY – OCTOBER 26: Tanner Cowley #44 of the Virginia Cavaliers runs with the ball. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Virginia used two Wayne Taulapapa rushing touchdowns in the first half to take a 14-7 lead into the intermission. UVA marched 60 yards on seven plays during its first possession of the game to take an early 7-0 lead. Taulapapa capped the drive with a six-yard rush. He later added a 19-yard rushing touchdown in the second quarter to break a 7-7 tie.

Louisville scored 21-unanswered points to start the second half thanks to two rushing touchdowns by Javian Hawkins.

Virginia concludes its 2019 road schedule at North Carolina on Saturday, Nov. 2 at 7:30 p.m.

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