Virginia Union downs rival Virginia State 33-21

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Virginia Union University’s Jahkari Grant completed 16 of 25 passes for 277 yards and two touchdowns as the Panthers downed arch-rival Virginia State University 33-21 on Saturday, November 5, in Petersburg, Va.

The win raised VUU’s record to 9-1 on the season and marked the most wins for a Panther football program since the 2007 team won nine regular-season games.

“It was a big rivalry game win for our squad on Saturday,” said VUU Head Football Coach Dr. Alvin Parker.  “I was pleased with the performance, and it was a great way to rebound after our first loss of the season. The players performed awesome, and the coaches did a great job of putting the guys in position.”

VUU’s Jada Byers rushed 26 times for 132 yards, giving the sophomore a school-record 1,801 yards on the season.  The CIAA record is held by Richard Huntley, who rushed for 1,889 yards in 1995.

Virginia Union’s John Jiles caught five passes for 116 yards and two touchdowns in the win.

VUU, which entered the game ranked #5 in Super Region 2, will now wait for the NCAA playoff announcements on Sunday, November 13, to see when or if Virginia Union will play host to an NCAA playoff game.

Team Statistics

Game StatsVUUVSU
Total Yards458336
Pass Yards277248
Rushing Yards18188
Penalty Yards4-3010-70
1st Downs2423
3rd Downs5-119-15
4th Downs2-21-2
VUU03:38 – VUU – Grant,Jahkari 3 yd run ( ), 12 plays, 91 yards, TOP 05:2960
VUU14:25 – VUU – Jiles,John 18 yd pass from Grant,Jahkari (Myers,Brady kick) 5 plays, 81 yards, TOP 00:57130
VSU10:38 – VSU – Bailey,Upton 2 yd run (Ward,Matthew kick), 10 plays, 71 yards, TOP 03:42137
VUU06:48 – VUU – Myers,Brady 23 yd field goal 8 plays, 69 yards, TOP 03:43167
VSU02:50 – VSU – Hagans,Darius 1 yd run (Ward,Matthew kick), 12 plays, 70 yards, TOP 03:541614
VUU00:50 – VUU – Byers,Jada 1 yd run (Myers,Brady kick), 6 plays, 40 yards, TOP 01:522314
VSU00:17 – VSU – Davis,Jordan 2 yd run (Ward,Matthew kick), 4 plays, 65 yards, TOP 00:272321
VUU07:37 – VUU – Jiles,John 49 yd pass from Grant,Jahkari (Myers,Brady kick) 1 plays, 49 yards, TOP 00:093021
VUU04:44 – VUU – Myers,Brady 30 yd field goal 10 plays, 47 yards, TOP 05:493321

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