Brennan Armstrong passed for a career-high 383 yards and four touchdowns, including a 90-yarder to Lavel Davis Jr., and Virginia rolled to a 55-15 non-conference win over Abilene Christian on Saturday in Charlottesville, Va.

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The Cavaliers (4-4) won their third straight game to get back to .500,outgaining the Wildcats (1-5) of the Football Championship Subdivision by a 518-340 margin.

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Abilene Christian made a surprise move by starting freshman quarterback Stone Earle, who had only thrown two passes all season. He completed 19 of 31 passes for 150 yards and one touchdown.

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Entering as 39.5-point favorites against the Texas school from the Southland Conference, Virginia sputtered to just 27 total yards on its first two drives before finding its rhythm.

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The Cavaliers scored touchdowns on each of their next six possessions, including four TD passes by Armstrong and a pair of 1-yard touchdown runs by Shane Simpson.

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Virginia ended the first quarter with touchdown receptions on back-to-back offensive snaps, a 30-yard grab by Tony Poljan and a 90-yard catch-and-run by the true freshman Davis.

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ACU got on the board with a 14-play, 75-yard drive, pulling within 21-7 on Earle’s 2-yard pass to Kobe Clark 30 seconds before halftime.

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But 30 seconds was all UVA needed. The Cavs went 64 yards in six plays and took a 28-7 halftime lead on Simpson’s second score of the quarter.

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More big plays and quick strikes followed for Virginia to start the third quarter. Keytaon Thompson caught a short pass from Armstrong, spun through traffic and raced 56 yards to the house. On his next (and final) snap, Armstrong hooked up with Ra’Shaun Henry for a 52-yard score and a 42-7 lead.

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In the fourth, backup QB Lindell Stone made it 49-7 with a 2-yard touchdown pass to Demick Starling.

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Peyton Mansell scored on a 2-yard run for Abilene Christian with 1:26 left, and the Wildcats tacked on a late safety before Virginia’s D’Sean Perry scored on an 84-yard interception return on the game’s final play.

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Virginia lost star linebacker Charles Snowden to a serious injury to his lower right leg early in the first quarter. He came into the game on a tear, registering 21 tackles, nine tackles for loss and six sacks in his previous three games.

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It was the final game of the season for the Wildcats. The Cavaliers return to Atlantic Coast Conference action next Saturday at Florida State.

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–Field Level Media

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