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Game balls: Virginia 42, Illinois 14

Game balls: Virginia 42, Illinois 14


Jelani Woods, TE: Woods recorded two catches for 63 yards and a touchdown in the first 90 seconds of the game. He stayed impactful throughout, finishing the day with five catches for 122 yards and a touchdown. His 122 yards are the most by a Virginia tight end since Heath Miller in 2003.


Noah Taylor, LB: Taylor ended the game with seven tackles and a pair of sacks. The NFL prospect looked strong Saturday, making havoc plays and disrupting Illinois’ offense. Virginia’s defense played well for the second consecutive week, and Taywlor led the way.

Special teams

Jacob Finn, P: It was an unspectacular day for Virginia’s special teams unit, but Finn performed well. He punted the ball three twmes, averaging 46.7 yards per boot.

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Virginia's offense has drawn significant, and deserved, praise for its performance this season, but perhaps lost in the shuffle has been the play of the Cavaliers' defense, which has allowed just 14 points in two games.

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