Tallahassee, FL (WWBT)- In eight previous attempts, Virginia football had never won at Florida State. Saturday night saw the Cavaliers make history and put themselves in a position to claim the ACC Coastal Division crown.
Kevin Parks scored on a ten yard rush with 1:06 to play and Dustin Hopkins missed a 42 yard field goal attempt with three seconds left as the Cavalier stunned Florida State, 14-13. Virginia struck first in the second quarter, when Michael Rocco connected with Perry Jones for a seven yard touchdown to give UVA the 7-0 lead. The Seminoles answered when E.J. Manuel found Ja'Baris Little in the back of the endzone for a score, tying the score at seven. FSU would take a 10-7 lead into halftime and add another field goal in the third. Chase Minnifield kept that second field goal from becoming a touchdown, which was a huge play in the game. Manuel hit Bert Reed who took off down the field and Minnifield tripped him up at the one yard line. The Cavalier defense then stepped up and kept the Seminoles from scoring a touchdown.
The score remained 13-7 until Parks' touchdown scamper late in the fourth, but the drama wasn't anywhere close to finished. UVA appeared to stop the Seminoles on 4th and 1, but Cam Johnson was called for a facemask personal foul penalty, giving Florida State 15 yards and a first down. Then, Greg Reid appeared to catch the ball and stay in bounds, and time appeared to expire, but a review showed the pass was incomplete, giving the Seminoles new life. Hopkins' missed field goal capped off an upset for the Cavaliers that took place on a night that saw many underdogs taste victory across the country.
Michael Rocco completed 21 of his 32 pass attempts for 238 yards and the touchdown, without throwing an interception. It marked just the third time in 17 games that Virginia beat Florida State and just the second win for the Cavaliers in the state of Florida.
Virginia improves to 8-3, 5-2 in ACC play, and will now host Virginia Tech next Saturday at 3:30 pm. The winner of that game will win the Coastal Division and face Clemson in the ACC Championship game.