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October 17, 2005

Big win for the Hoos

Between the huge game versus Florida State and a lot of work, it was hard to get here to post, but the workload is down and spirits are way up.

On Saturday night, before a frenzied crowd of more than 63,100, UVa took down #4 (now #11) Florida State, ten years after having done so for the first time (a game which would also hand Florida State its first ACC loss and give UVa its first win over a top five program). Connor Hughes was as automatic as he ws two years ago. The offense was throwing out plays like I have not seen in three years. And the crowd (Oh, the crowd!) was louder and more electric than I have ever seen, with game-time energy, post-game upright riding (valiant effort there, even if they failed), and even the Seminole War Chant (man, I must admit, that chant is incredibly effective).

But the game ball goes to Marques Hagans. Matt Schaub was a spectacular QB here at UVa, but he did not have a single performance that matched Hagans's outing on Saturday. Hagans dodged FSU defenders all night, and though he did not have a positive rushing performance, he had a 75% accuracy for more than 300 yards, 2 touchdowns, and zero interceptions. But don't take my word for it, just ask Bobby Bowden: "The last time that happened to us was [against Oklahoma's] J.C. Watts in the [1981] Orange Bowl."

A comparison to J.C. Watts? That is high praise.