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Johns throws for 2 touchdowns and runs for 1 as Virginia keep Kent State winless, 45-13

  • Virginia running back Khalek Shepherd (23) is welcomed back to the bench by head coach Mike London, left, after a score during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Charlottesville, Va., Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014.   (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

    Virginia running back Khalek Shepherd (23) is welcomed back to the bench by head coach Mike London, left, after a score during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Charlottesville, Va., Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)  (The Associated Press)

  • Virginia running back Taquan Mizzell (4) gains yardage as Kent State safety Nate Holley (18) makes the stop during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Charlottesville, Va., Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014.   (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

    Virginia running back Taquan Mizzell (4) gains yardage as Kent State safety Nate Holley (18) makes the stop during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Charlottesville, Va., Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)  (The Associated Press)

  • The Kent State bench erupts after an interception by Kent State defensive tackle Jontey Byrd (56) during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Charlottesville, Va., Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014.   (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

    The Kent State bench erupts after an interception by Kent State defensive tackle Jontey Byrd (56) during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Charlottesville, Va., Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)  (The Associated Press)

Matt Johns overcame two early interceptions and threw for two touchdowns and ran for one Saturday as Virginia pulled away after halftime to beat Kent State 45-13.

The Cavaliers (3-2) surpassed their victory total of last season behind their backup quarterback, who made his first career start with Greyson Lambert sidelined by a right ankle injury. His interceptions halted two first-half drives, but he led the way as Virginia took total command in the third quarter.

Kent State (0-4), coming off a bye week that followed a 66-0 loss at Ohio State, scored first and had Virginia's defense on edge early, but wound up with five turnovers leading to 21 points for Virginia.