NCAAF: Drake Maye leads way as No. 17 UNC beats Virginia

Drake Maye threw for two touchdowns and ran for another to propel No. 17 North Carolina to a 31-28 victory against host Virginia on Saturday afternoon at Charlottesville, Va.

The Tar Heels (8-1, 5-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) came a step closer to wrapping up the ACC’s Coastal Division title for the second time.

Maye was 26-for-37 for 293 yards in the air to go with 71 rushing yards on 18 carries. He connected with Josh Downs 14 times for 162 yards.

Teammate Elijah Green had 91 yards on 22 carries.

Brennan Armstrong was 17-for-35 for 232 yards with an interception for Virginia (3-6, 1-5). His 8-yard run with 3:24 to play allowed the Cavaliers to close within three points, but Virginia never had another possession.

Virginia’s Mike Hollins rushed for 75 yards on 16 carries and Armstrong had 64 yards on the ground.

There was a back-and-forth nature to the scoring until late in the third quarter.

Armstrong ran 4 yards for the game’s first points, giving the Cavaliers their first touchdown in the last seven quarters they had played. The Tar Heels countered with Noah Burnette’s 35-yard field goal.

North Carolina took its first lead on Maye’s 5-yard run with 6:47 to play in the second quarter.

Virginia went back up ahead by using a 13-play drive to go 75 yards and score on Xavier Brown’s 3-yard run.

The Tar Heels went 75 yards in eight plays after receiving the second-half kickoff, scoring on Green’s 4-yard run.

It barely took more than four minutes for Virginia to be in front again on Ronnie Walker Jr.’s 1-yard run. About 4 1/2 minutes later, Maye connected with Downs for a 19-yard touchdown play.

The trend ended when North Carolina forced a Virginia punt and then drove 80 yards in 11 plays. Maye’s pass to Green resulted in a 22-yard touchdown for a 31-21 lead.

North Carolina was without a first-quarter touchdown for the first time this year.

–Field Level Media

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