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Adam Hermann | NCAA.com | November 24, 2017

Benkert sets UVA record for passing yards in a season

  Benkert threw for 186 yards in UVA's game against Virginia Tech, bringing his season total to 3,062.

Midway through the fourth quarter in Friday’s Virginia vs. Virginia Tech showdown, UVA quarterback Kurt Benkert completed a 51-yard pass to Andre Levrone for his 280th completion of the season.

With that throw, Benkert became the first quarterback in the history of Virginia’s football program to throw for 3,000 yards in a season.

It’s quite a feat for Benkert, who began his collegiate career with 10 pass attempts in two years at East Carolina. After transferring to Virginia, Benkert has put up two of the more prolific passing seasons in the Cavaliers’ 130-year history.

The Virginia quarterback who came closest to 3,000 passing yards in a season before this campaign by Benkert was Matt Schaub, who fell 24 yards shy as a junior in 2002 and 48 yards shy in 2003 as a senior.

Schaub, of course, has gone on to a 13-year NFL career, and currently plays for the Falcons.

Regardless of Friday’s final outcome, Virginia is bowl-eligible for the first time since 2011, meaning its most powerful passer of all-time will get to say goodbye with a final game in the postseason, his 3K milestone officially behind him.

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