Virginia routs N.C. State for first ACC win

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Cavaliers end six-game losing streak

RALEIGH, N.C. -- When Virginia wasn't taking the ball from Mike Glennon, the Cavaliers were throwing him to the turf.

Their defense forced five turnovers -- after getting just four in the previous eight games -- and six sacks in a 33-6 rout of N.C. State on Saturday that snapped a six-game losing streak.

"We could've said, 'Screw it,' but we didn't," defensive end Jake Snyder said. "We hung in there and felt that this was the most important game for us."

Phillip Sims ran for one touchdown and threw for another, and Kevin Parks rushed for 115 yards and a late 31-yard touchdown for the Cavaliers (3-6, 1-4 ACC).

The defense held N.C. State to 19 yards rushing with three interceptions, two fumble recoveries and a safety. It sacked Glennon five times and his backup once.

"Our guys played fast and excited," coach Mike London said. "When we play like that, we are a good team."

And not to be outdone, the offense rolled up 446 total yards. Sims was 8-for-10 for 115 yards with a 38-yard touchdown pass to Tim Smith and a 1-yard TD run that started the scoring for Virginia. Backup Michael Rocco added an 18-yard touchdown pass to Darius Jennings.

Glennon finished 23-for-46 for a season-low 197 yards with four turnovers -- three interceptions and a fumble. The Wolfpack (5-4, 2-3) have 19 turnovers in their four losses.

"Give them credit. They came out to play, and they beat us," Glennon said. "Obviously, a frustrating day, but we'll just have to move on."

His 2-yard touchdown pass to Mario Carter with 6:30 left helped N.C. State avoid its first home shutout since it lost 37-0 to Maryland in 2007.

The Virginia defense was dominant all day, especially on the safety that led to a 16-0 lead shortly before halftime. Will Hill wrapped up Glennon in the end zone as he intentionally spiked the ball into the turf with 3:17 before the break.

Virginia extended its lead to 23-0 on its first possession of the second half when Smith got behind Dontae Johnson and Sims found him in the end zone. Drew Jarrett kicked a 33-yard field goal on the second play of the fourth to make it 26-0. Parks then broke his long touchdown run with 4:28 left.

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