The Tony Elliott era is off to a great start.

Virginia won its season-opener vs. Richmond on Sunday afternoon, beating the Spiders 34-17.

Quarterback Brennan Armstrong threw for 246 yards, 2 touchdowns and 1 interception in the win. He also rushed for 105 yards and 1 touchdown.

Virginia was firmly in control for the entire game, but turnovers kept Richmond within relative striking distance. Receiver Dontavion Wicks fumbled, which led to a Richmond touchdown. Armstrong’s interception led to a field goal attempt, which was missed.

Virginia recorded 259 rushing yards in this game, which is the most for a Cavaliers offense since Dec. 5, 2020 against Boston College (262 yards).

Overall, Virginia’s defense was solid. Richmond’s offense averaged just 4.8 yards per play, although running back Savon Smith was able to gain 88 yards on just 13 carries.

“I thought they responded well in the first half,” Elliott told reporters after the game. “They were giving up a little bit too much in the run game, but then they found a way to get some stops. And then, in fairness to the defense, they got put in some tough situations in the second half.”

Virginia faces Illinois on the road in Week 2.