CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WDBJ) -- Bryce Perkins threw for 205 yards and a touchdown for Virginia (6-3, 4-2, No. 23 CFP), but Pittsburgh never allowed him to get untracked in the running game and sacked him five times for 46 yards in losses.
The Cavaliers’ three-game winning streak was snapped.
“We got him a couple times in the backfield. That’s the first thing,” Narduzzi said of Perkins, who has three 100-plus-yard games this season but finished with minus 7 yards. “Put pressure on him and force him to have to make some throws or make some decisions.”
Pittsburgh trailed 10-7 at halftime, but used the drive that lasted 8:40 to go ahead. The Panthers converted four third downs on the march and Hall finished it with runs of 18 and 2 yards as the Virginia defense, which lost three starters during the game, began to wear down.
After being limited to 24 plays in the first half, the Panthers ran 21 in the third quarter alone, mostly grinding on the ground.
“I don’t think anything changed” from the first half to the second half, Virginia linebacker Jordan Mack said. “They were just executing at a high level and lack of execution from us.”
The Cavaliers drove for Brian Delaney’s second field goal, bringing the crowd alive, but Hall quieted them with his long scoring burst.
Virginia wraps up a three-game homestand with its final home game, and last out-of-conference game, against Liberty.