LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVY) – And so goes Virginia’s season, and in all likelihood, the fate of its head coach. The Cavaliers (3-7, 2-4 Atlantic Coast Conference) fell to Louisville 38-31 on Saturday afternoon, which means a trip to a bowl game is out of the question for a fourth consecutive season.
The loss also pushed UVA’s road losing streak to 15 straight games. Their last road win was at North Carolina State back in 2012.
Matt Johns had one of his most productive outings, throwing for 260 yards and four touchdowns on 25 completions, but was outdone by Cardinals running back Brandon Radcliffe, who rushed for 146 yards and two scores. Down by two touchdowns in the fourth quarter, Virginia managed to cut the deficit in half and looked to have recovered an onside kick with 1:16 left still to play, but was called for illegal procedure. Louisville recovered the ensuing re-kick to seal the win.
Virginia opened up the scoring when Johns connected with Evan Butts for a 2-yard touchdown. The two sides traded touchdowns the rest of the first half and went to the locker room tied at 17-17.
Louisville opened up the second half driving 73 yards in six plays, capped off by a Radcliffe 9-yard touchdown to take a 24-17 lead. Though a Cavalier drive ended at the Louisville 7-yard line with a missed 24-yard field goal by Ian Frye, Virginia managed to tie the game when Johns found Canaan Severin for a 24-yard strike.
The Hoos made a critical, fourth-quarter error when Olamide Zaccheaus fumbled a Louisville punt, and gave the Cardinals possession on the Cavalier 2-yard line. Louisville took advantage with a touchdown plunge from L.J. Scott to make it a 31-24 lead. Radcliffe made it a 14-point game with a 36-yard dash through the UVA defense for a touchdown.
With no bowl game to play for, the Cavaliers return home for two more home games against Duke and Virginia Tech.