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Cavs hit on all cylinders in MEC win over Bobcats

Kevin Mays • Oct 14, 2018 at 1:52 AM

WISE — Virginia-Wise’s defense dominated from the start and the offense took advantage of its opportunities Saturday at Carl Smith Stadium.

The Cavaliers (3-4. 3-4) held West Virginia Wesleyan under 150 total yards while racking up nearly 500 of their own in a 35-14 Mountain East Conference win.

“It was a good team win today,” said Virginia-Wise coach Dane Damron. “Our offense and defense were both clicking today. That was a good one.”

ALL ABOUT BALANCE

Virginia-Wise used a balanced offensive attack to gain 497 total yards.

Senior Victor Mitchell had a stellar day, picking up a career-high 141 rushing yards to go with a career-best three touchdowns, and quarterback Tanner Bernard completed 23 of 30 passes for 244 yards and a TD.

Damron said he liked the balance, though it’s not necessarily a must for his team.

“We just go into every game thinking if we have to run it every down then we’re going to run it every down,” he said. “If we have to throw every down, let’s throw it every down.

“Sometimes 50-50, it’s good to see that, don’t get me wrong, but I had no idea that was what it was going to be.”

CONTROLLING THE TEMPO

The Cavaliers controlled things from early in the game.

Kaian Duverger hauled in a 5- yard touchdown pass from Bernard with 11:48 remaining in the first quarter.

Virginia-Wise went up 14-0 when Von Purvis scored on a 5-yard run with 10:44 to play in the second quarter.

The Bobcats (1-6, 1-5) scored less than two minutes into the second half when Jujuan Linzy fielded a punt and returned it 46 yards for a touchdown.

ONE-MAN SHOW

Mitchell was unleashed in the fourth quarter when he scored all of his touchdowns — on a 5- yard run with 14:51 left, a 2- yarder at the 7:34 mark and a 33- yarder with 3:03 left that sealed the deal.

“I’ve just been practicing hard, working hard in the weight room and just waiting for time and took advantage of it,” he said.

UP NEXT

The Cavs look to extend their winning streak to three next Saturday when they travel to West Virginia for an MEC contest with Charleston.

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