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Kurt Benkert threw for a school-record 421 yards, Olamide Zaccheaus had two touchdown catches and Kareem Gibson made a key interception. But Virginia’s Albert Reid first wanted to shout out ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit for guiding the Cavaliers’ 49-35 win over Central Michigan on Saturday afternoon at Scott Stadium.

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There have been some pretty good quarterbacks to wear the Virginia uniform over the years, many of which went on to stardom in the NFL. None of ‘em ever had the day that Kurt Benkert had Saturday afternoon at Scott Stadium.

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Basketball fans always wondered why legendary Ralph Sampson remained at Virginia for four years. NBA clubs did everything in their power to lure the 7-foot-4 All-American to the pros, including Boston Celtics general manager Red Auerbach showing up in the Sampson family kitchen and opening u…

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When Keith Wenning threw for 346 yards and two touchdowns on Oct. 5, 2013, in Scott Stadium, the then-senior was making his 40th career start as Ball State’s quarterback. Shortly after 12:30 p.m., Saturday, Cooper Rush will be reaching the exact same milestone for Central Michigan.

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Cam Simmons’ August promotion to join Pavin Smith, Ernie Clement and the Harwich Mariners of the Cape Cod League was just one example of a summer 14-year Virginia baseball coach Brian O’Connor called “the most productive we’ve had in our program since I’ve been here.”

The Virginia men’s basketball team will hold its second annual Blue-White intrasquad scrimmage on Sunday, Oct. 23 at 3 p.m. at John Paul Jones Arena, the program announced on Wednesday.

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CLEVELAND — Pinch-hitter Brandon Guyer doubled in a run with two outs in the ninth inning, helping the Cleveland Indians move closer to an AL Central title with a 2-1 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday night.

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Bronco Mendenhall has always given his coaches and players Sundays off through the years, and it has worked well. Sunday is for family, to focus on a day of rest, and faith, something the coach believes is essential.

UConn’s Charlotte Veitner scored six of the Huskies’ eight goals. Virginia sophomore goalie Carrera Lucas had six saves for the Cavaliers.

Sergi Nus capitalized on a penalty kick to tie Saturday’s top-20 showdown, 3-3, with 10:14 to play. The Cavaliers (3-1-2) had three clean looks at goal in the first overtime period and one in the second, but that’s where the score remained.

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Three years after choosing Virginia over scholarship offers from the likes of Alabama and Ohio State, Andrew Brown made six tackles, including 3.5 for loss, had a sack, tipped a pass and recovered a fumble in Saturday’s 13-10 loss to Connecticut.

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With the clock ticking down, no time outs, and the game on the line at UConn’s Rentschler Field, the Virginia sophomore place-kicker was faced with a hero versus goat situation. He was the goat.

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The Virginia Cavaliers (0-2) play Connecticut (1-1) at 1:30 p.m., Saturday, at Rentschler Field. And offensive line coach Garett Tujague has a couple questions for them. “Are you Vanilla Ice; are you a one-hit wonder? Or are you going to be a force that people are going to have to reckon with?”

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Brian O’Connor’s first ACC Tournament as Virginia’s coach was held in Salem’s Memorial Stadium. Six years later, the event nearly went to Fenway Park in Boston. Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, once had plans to host 2011-13. Jacksonville, Florida, was the city of use from 2005-08.

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By school affiliation, jersey number, football role and life responsibility, Albert Reid has changed substantially since the last time he faced Connecticut.

Virginia will play 29 regular-season games, including 16 contests at John Paul Jones Arena. The Cavaliers will play six ACC opponents solely at home, six only on the road and two opponents, Virginia Tech and Louisville, in home-and-away series.

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Virginia’s fall schedule consists of an exhibition game at Liberty on Saturday, Oct. 1, as well as the team’s annual intrasquad Orange and Blue World Series in October.

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The learning process is on-going for Virginia’s defense as it enters this weekend’s matchup at Connecticut (1-1) last in the ACC in every major category — total yards allowed, scoring, run, pass, sacks, takeaways.