Early in the fourth quarter of Saturday against Louisville, the Virginia football team faced a potentially critical third down situation in what eventually ballooned to a 27-3 home win. At that point in the game, UVA held a 13-3 edge and a key stop at the start of the quarter could potentially stir up some momentum for the visitors. Cavalier quarterback Bryce Perkins had other ideas.
Perkins spotted a matchup he liked and quickly started signaling across the field to receiver Joe Reed. Shaking his hand back and forth sort of like a Hang Ten motion, he changed the play before the snap. Seconds later on 3rd-and-13, he lofted a pass over the defense to Reed for a 44-yard touchdown catch untouched.
That was the first Perkins to Reed touchdown connection. It also pushed the lead to 20-3 and essentially put any lingering doubts about the outcome to rest.
Perkins said the audible decision made sense in that scenario.
“They were Cover 0, no safeties,” Perkins said. “I mean, I like Joe Reed one on one against anybody so I just gave him a route and we scored and executed.”
Two different angles of the touchdown are cued up below. The first is the full game view plus replays from the ACC Digital Network. The second edits together some field-level...
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