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Louisiana Tech Vs. Virginia score update: Cavaliers rally falls short, UVA loses 44-38

The Virginia Cavaliers couldn't quite rally from a 20-point fourth-quarter deficit as the Bulldogs held on at Scott Stadium Saturday.

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Virginia stunned, loses 44-38 to LA Tech

The Virginia Cavaliers fell short against the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs despite a frantic comeback at Scott Stadium on Saturday afternoon, losing 44-38.

Virginia led 24-20 at the half before coming completely unglued in the third quarter. Michael Rocco threw two interceptions in the period - one of which was returned for a touchdown - en route to giving up 24 consecutive points.

Rocco was benched following his third pick of the game for sophomore Phillip Sims, who injected some major life into the squad. Sims led two late fourth quarter touchdown drives as part of a day that saw the youngster complete 10-of-17 passes for 166 yards and two scores.

The UVA rushing attack was a two-headed monster with Perry Jones and Kevin Parks combining to gain 142 yards on 37 carries. Jones also played the role of quarterback for a play in the first quarter and showed some skills, hitting on a 36-yard touchdown pass to Tim Smith.

The Cavaliers will try to bounce back from the disappointing loss when they hit the road next Saturday against the Duke Blue Devils.

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The Cavs getting pounded by Bulldogs, losing 41-24

The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs are upset-minded and are leading the Virginia Cavaliers 41-24 after three quarters.

Trailing Virginia 24-20 at the break, Louisiana Tech came out and embarked on a 14-play, 73-yard drive that ended with a Ray Holley 11-yard scoring run to take a 27-24 lead.

Following a Michael Rocco interception, the Bulldogs went 37 yards to build a 10-point advantage on a Colby Cameron 14-yard scamper.

Then, the proverbial dam broke for the Cavaliers. On 2nd-and-5 from his own 25, Rocco was picked off yet again by Chip Hester, who ran the gift into the end zone to put Louisiana Tech ahead 41-24.

Virginia looked terrific on offense in the first half, but hasn't been able to do anything in the last 15 minutes. The Cavaliers have been stifled with Michael Rocco only being able to generate 13 yards through the air while throwing two costly interceptions.

Following the second turnover, Rocco was benched for sophomore Phillip Sims.

Virginia still has been undisciplined, taking three more penalties in the third quarter to bring its total to 13.

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Virginia is struggling to pull away, up only 24-20

The Virginia Cavaliers are getting all they want against the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs, leading just 24-20 at halftime in Scott Stadium.

Virginia has been able to move the ball at will, gaining 383 yards of total offense. Quarterback Michael Rocco has been absolutely sublime thus far, completing 13-of-19 for 265 yards to accompany two touchdowns and an interception.

Perry Jones has also joined in the aerial assault, throwing a 36-yard touchdown pass of his own to Tim Smith to open the scoring. In his more conventional role, Jones has also rushed for 52 yards on 11 carries.

However, the defense hasn't been performing up to expectations. The Bulldogs have been able to run the ball with some authority, picking up 71 yards on only 15 carries. Ray Holley has led the way for Louisiana Tech, amassing 40 yards and a score on six attempts.

Virginia hasn't helped itself with a total lack of discipline, totaling 10 penalties that have resulted in 95 lost yards.

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Rocco has the Cavs rolling, 21-10

The Virginia Cavaliers are looking pretty good in the second quarter against the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs, leading 21-10 at Scott Stadium.

Virginia has been attacking through the air, gaining 245 passing yards early on. The Cavaliers started off the scoring with a trick play, when running back Perry Jones launched a 36-yard touchdown pass to Tim Smith.

Quarterback Michael Rocco has been sensational in his own right, completing 8-of-9 passes for 209 yards and also tossing touchdowns to Paul Freedman and a 73-yard bomb to Khalek Shepherd.

However, the Bulldogs don't appear ready to roll over. Despite falling behind 14-3, Louisiana Tech regrouped behind signal-caller Colby Cameron, who directed a 8-play, 39 yard drive that culminated with a touchdown pass to R.A. Stewart.

The only true downside thus far for Virginia is a lack of discipline that has led to six penalties. Neither team has been able to run the ball, combined for a measly 48 yards.

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