Monday, October 10, 2005

Reality Check, Virginia loses again 28-17

The high hopes have died in Chestnut, Massachusetts.

The 18th ranked Boston College Eagles knocked off Virginia in a physical, emotional and overall sloppy game. The rain and mud made for a gritty effort, and both teams seemed at times invincible and later completely inept. Virginia's opening drive was one of the worst in school history, racking up a 1st and 30 after successive false starts and a holding penalty. Virginia would finish the game with an abysmal 11 penalties (Boston College however fared even worse 11 penalties for 33 more yards than the Cavaliers). Boston College missed three field goal attempts. Virginia's Deyon Williams forgot how to catch a football. The bad plays went back and forth, but in the end Boston College was able to capitalize on Virginia's miscues a little better than Virginia could do to the Eagles.

``I would say in the last 12 minutes, we had the opportunity to make some plays and BC had the opportunity to make some plays,'' Virginia coach Al Groh said. ``The game hinged on their ability to make those plays and the fact that we did not.''

The game might have actually hinged on an exceptionally late hit by OL Brad Butler directed towards BC's All-American DE Mathias Kiwanuka. The cheap shot inspired the Eagles to rally from a 14-7 deficit and really changed the momentum of the game.

``When [Kiwanuka] went out, I went up to him and said 'We're not going to lose this game,''' said BC linebacker Ray Henderson.

The Eagles didn't, blocking a punt and stopping the Cavaliers later in the fourth quarter from the two-yard line to insure the game.

Now both teams must prepare for their next challenges. For Boston College, they take on the Deamon Deacons of Wake Forest, a team that has upset the Eagles twice in a row. The challenge for Virginia however is even greater. This Saturday night, they take on the undefeated Florida State Seminoles, ten years after their first and only victory against them. With Virginia now standing at 3-2 (1-2 ACC), this game proves to be one full of emotion and desire. Cavalier pride is at a low, and it's up to people like Deyon Williams to PICK it back up.


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