ACC Football: Greyson Lambert Helps Virginia Pull Off Upset vs. No. 21 Louisville To Open Conference Play

By Jeff Hauser
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Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

The Virginia Cavaliers were led by quarterback Greyson Lambert who threw for one touchdown and ran for another, but it was the 42-yard field goal by kicker Ian Frye with 3:41 left to go in the fourth quarter that gave Virginia a 23-21 upset victory against No. 21 Louisville Cardinals.

Louisville wide receiver James Quick fumbled a punt that was recovered by Virginia safety Kelvin Rainey at the Cardinals’ 25-yard line, putting them in position for the go-ahead score. The Cavaliers had an equal effort on offense with Lambert finishing the game 13-of-24, 162 yards passing, one touchdown and one interception.

Louisville was effected by four turnovers and couldn’t overcome the amount of mistakes given to Virgina. Lambert has been a non factor for the Virginia this season and didn’t even throw a touchdown against the UCLA Bruins. The upset might be a stepping stone for the Cavaliers and Lambert to shake off the 2-10 record from last season.

The monument has started with defense for Virginia and will have to continue with Lambert for the Cavaliers to be successful this season. The win for Virginia also breaks Louisville’s eight-game winning streak going back to last season.

The last time Virginia had a win against a ranked team was against the Florida State Seminoles on Nov. 19, 2011. The Cavaliers will have the opportunity for another upset when they travel to Provo, UT to take on No. 25 BYU Cougars next Saturday at 3:30 p.m. ET.

Jeff Hauser is a contributing writer for and a member of the Football Writers Association of America. Follow him on Twitter @radiohauser.

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