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Hagans' 3 TDs lead Cavs past Orange

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) -- Marques Hagans didn't need to show
all of his talents in three blowout victories for Virginia.

Now that he has, the 12th-ranked Cavaliers look even more
imposing.

Hagans ran for two touchdowns, including a 59-yard run on a
broken play, and completed 11 of 12 passes for 202 yards and a
clinching touchdown Saturday in Virginia's 31-10 victory over
Syracuse 31-10.

"Some of the plays, they just presented themselves and I just
made the most of them," said Hagans, who ran for 81 yards on six
carries.

"Coach always tells me that I have the ability to make plays
with my legs and when they present themselves within the system,
then I just have to be able to capitalize. Today I think I did
that."

Wali Lundy added a 27-yard run for his 10th touchdown of the
season for the Cavaliers (4-0), and Michael McGrew caught a 39-yard
pass from Hagans midway through the final quarter to put away the
Orange (2-2).

The game also likely dealt a big blow to Virginia's defense
because end Chris Canty had to be helped off the field shortly
after the touchdown, and coach Al Groh said he expected the injury
to be serious.

"You can probably see by the way that he left that he probably
doesn't have an insignificant injury," Groh said, adding that he
had not yet been told the extent or nature of the injury to the
senior defensive captain.

An extended absence by Canty would put more of an onus on
Virginia's offense to keep up its high-scoring ways, and Hagans
looks up to it.

"Two rushing touchdowns, 11-for-12. It speaks for itself,"
guard Elton Brown said. "He's becoming a great quarterback. We're
glad to have him."

Groh billed the game as the truest test of his team, and it
proved to be on the opening drive, when the Orange drove 68 yards
for a field goal behind sophomore Perry Patterson, making his first
start at quarterback.

But that was it for Syracuse until the third quarter. They
trailed 21-3 by halftime. Virginia has outscored its opponents
120-13 in the first half.

Hagans made it 7-3 with his big run. Flushed from the pocket on
third-and-8 from his own 41, he scrambled right and finally tucked
the ball and took off, outrunning the Orange defenders down the
sideline for the TD.

"It felt good to get outside the pocket and run in the open
field," he said. "It's been a while."

Lundy made it 14-3 one play after a 36-yard punt return by Alvin
Pearman. Running first into traffic on the line, Lundy suddenly
emerged through a hole and headed 27 yards for the corner of the
end zone.

Hagans' 10-yard draw made it 21-3 with 19 seconds left in the
half.

The Orange drove 80 yards in 15 plays with their first
possession in the second half, Damien Rhodes scoring on a 2-yard
run. After a Virginia field goal, Syracuse again drove deep into
Cavaliers territory, threatening to pull within seven with a
touchdown. But tight end Joe Kowalewski dropped a fourth-and-goal
pass from the 4 in the end zone.

Eight plays later, Hagans hit McGrew in the other end zone from
39 yards out, capping an 8-play, 96-yard drive that all but
clinched it.

"The problem in the second half was we couldn't get the ball
back," Syracuse coach Paul Pasqualoni said. "What if we score on
that fourth and 4? What if we get the ball right back? ... I just
wish we could have gotten the ball back just to see what would have
happened."

The Orange's problems went deeper than one drive, though, and
centered on how to stop Hagans from beating them with his feet and
his arm.

"When you're playing a quarterback who is as quick and fast as
their quarterback, you can't afford to be out of step at all,"
Pasqualoni said.

Hagans' completions included several of the dazzling variety,
the best of which came as he scrambled to his right and threw a
bullet back toward the center of the field, just out of the reach
of two defenders deep downfield and into the hands of tight end
Heath Miller for 54 yards.

"A big-time throw," Groh said. "Right on the belt."

Patterson also played well. He finished 15-for-23 for 141 yards.
Tailbacks Walter Reyes and Rhodes managed only 117 yards on 34
carries.

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