Virginia wins stunner over No. 23 Florida State

Missed last-second field goal caps upset

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Virginia’s season has had no shortage of magical moments. Saturday night, the ante was raised.

The Cavaliers wrapped up one of the most bizarre, and unexpected, victories of the season several minutes after the clock expired. Florida State, a 17-point favorite, instead lost 14-13 to the Wahoos on a missed last-second field goal.

“It might be one of the best wins I’ve been involved with my whole coaching career — even the championship with Richmond,” coach Mike London said. “Because it’s one of those things, that these guys, they were not going to be denied. We were going to find a way to keep playing and winning.”

They had to play a little longer than expected.

First, little-used cornerback Drequan Hoskey got his hand on what would have been a game-winning catch for the Seminoles. He had entered in the third quarter for the injured Dom Joseph.

Florida State's head coach Jimbo Fisher talks with his field goal kicker Dustin Hopkins in the last seconds of the game against Virginia in an NCAA college football game which Virginia won 14-13 on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2011, in Tallahassee, Fla.(AP Photo/Steve Cannon)

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“I saw the ball, and I saw his eyes get big,” said Hoskey, a Henrico graduate. “I knew they’d throw at me since I just came in the game. I felt a little nervous, but I knew I had to make the play.”

Then FSU completed a pass with 8 seconds remaining, and didn’t have enough time to get the field goal unit on the field. With victory in hand, Virginia left the field. They were brought back, though.

“I had run into the tunnel,” offensive lineman Morgan Moses said. “I had waved to my mom.”

After a replay official looked at the pass for more than four minutes to determine if it was actually completed, the crowd of 77,178 came to life again. The call was overturned.

The officials did more than to try to derail U.Va.’s shocking upset. They moved the field goal up after saying that the Cavaliers made a “fake hiking noise,” attempting to distract the Seminoles. Linebacker LaRoy Reynolds said he had no clue what the refs were referring to.

But the 42-yard kick missed wide left, and U.Va. emerged victorious — this time for real.

Virginia’s 8-3 season has mostly been on the backs of the Cavaliers’ running backs. Saturday night, Michael Rocco returned the favor in a big way. The quarterback didn’t turn the ball over, leading the offense all night.

“He’s starting to prove [his worth] over and over,” offensive coordinator Bill Lazor said. “In this type of game, I think that’s a critical part of the game, not turning the ball over.”

Rocco led a game-winning drive with under two minutes remaining. Running back Kevin Parks punched in the winning score with 1:16 remaining, but it was Rocco who set him up.

A 34-yard pass to Tim Smith was followed by a play-action pass to Perry Jones, and the stout Seminoles defense had no answers.

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