Virginia barely survives scare against the Tribe, 35-29

William & Mary wide receiver DeVonte Dedmon (11) catches a touchdown pass over Virginia cornerback Tim Harris (5) during the first half of an NCAA college football game on Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015 in Charlottesville, Va. (Ryan. M. Kelly/AP)

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) – Matt Johns threw three touchdown passes and Virginia survived a huge fourth-quarter scare and beat William & Mary 35-29 on Saturday.

The Cavaliers (1-2) led 21-20 at halftime and used big plays on consecutive touches to pull away in the third quarter. Johns and Taquan Mizzell started it by teaming up for a short pass that Mizzell turned into an 80-yard touchdown, and Maurice Canaday returned a punt 74 yards for another score about 2 1/2 minutes later.

Trailing 35-20, the Tribe (1-1) scored on a fourth-down play with 5:18 left, forced the Cavaliers into a three-and-out and took over near midfield. They got a break when Canady was called for holding on a fourth-and-10 pass that fell incomplete, extending the drive, but lost eight yards on a fumble on the next play and faced a fourth-and-7 from Virginia’s 30 when Steve Cluley’s 36th pass of the game sailed high and into a empty end zone.

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