Scores

Final

Florida State 21

(5-1, 3-1 ACC)

Virginia 26

(4-2, 2-2 ACC)

7:45 PM ET, October 15, 2005

Scott Stadium, CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA

1 2 3 4 T
FSU 7 3 0 1121
UVA 10 13 3 026

Top Performers

Passing: M. Hagans (UVA) - 306 YDS, 2 TD

Rushing: L. Booker (FSU) - 7 CAR, 69 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: W. Reid (FSU) - 7 REC, 100 YDS

Cavs' defense shuts down Seminoles late in upset

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) -- Bobby Bowden has seen a lot in 40 years of coaching, from Heisman Trophy winners to the wonder of Michael Vick in a national championship.

But he's never seen anything that topped what Marques Hagans did to the fourth-ranked Seminoles on Saturday night, dodging pass rushers all night long and often finding a receiver and firing a laser into his arms while running for his life.

"I've never seen a quarterback make as many one-man plays as he made tonight," Bowden said after Hagans led Virginia to a 26-21 victory against the Seminoles.

"We couldn't stop that dadgum No. 18," Bowden said.

Hagans threw for a career-best 306 yards and two touchdowns and Connor Hughes kicked four field goals for the Cavaliers (4-2, 2-2 Atlantic Coast Conference), who reprised history and beat a top-five team for only the second time in their history.

The other was Florida State, too, 10 years ago.

This one, though, was particularly sweet for the Cavaliers, coming as they were off back-to-back double-digit road losses at Maryland and Boston College.

"I'm tired," said Hagans, who connected on 27-of-36 passes. "But the win was so big. We had lost two in a row and the season was on the line."

Like their victory in 1995, which ended with Warrick Dunn stopped inches from the goal line on the final play to preserve a 33-28 victory, this one went to the wire, too, sealed by Tony Franklin's interception of Drew Weatherford with 50 seconds left.

"It was real tense," said All-ACC linebacker Ahmad Brooks, who played for only the second time this season after knee surgery. "We just needed someone to make a play."

Franklin's interception was the third of the night for Virginia.

"It's a great feeling," the senior, one of four captains, said. "Take it back to high school when I won the state championship. It's on that level."

Leading 26-10 entering the final quarter, the Cavaliers led only 26-21 when they stopped the Seminoles (5-1, 3-1) near midfield with 3½ minutes to go.

Hagans then ran for 6 yards before Florida State's Tony Carter was called for pass interference on third down, giving Virginia a badly-needed first down.

After Hagans came up a yard short on the next third-and-7 run, the Cavaliers punted and Florida State got one last chance from its own 26 with 56 seconds left.

Weatherford threw deep downfield, but Franklin was inside the receiver and made the catch. Two downings of the ball brought thousands of students out onto the field.

"It's huge," said Hughes, who stretched his string of field goals made to 10 with kicks of 50, 37, 35 and 45 yards. "I feel like we finally broke through. We really held on and showed some guts today at the end of the game, and that's something we really needed to prove not only to ourselves but I feel like everybody around us."

Florida State, with Weatherford looking less like a freshman as the game got more tense, had rallied behind his 22-yard touchdown pass to Chris Davis and a 32-yard field goal from Gary Cismesia, a drive when Virginia held at its own 15-yard line.

Weatherford finished 35-for-59 for 377 yards.

Florida State lost because it had no answer for Hagans, who used his speed to get away from defenders all night, repeatedly buying time and completing passes on the run. Virginia finished with only 20 yards rushing on 28 attempts, and Hagans officially carried nine times for minus 4 yards, but he clearly frustrated the Seminoles.

"You could hear them talking whenever you scoot out of the pocket or a possible sack," he said of the defenders, who are accustomed to running down quarterbacks.

But it almost was for naught when the Seminoles rallied.

First, Weatherford covered 47 yards in two plays -- a 25-yard pass to Willie Reid and a dump off that Davis took down the right sideline for a touchdown. Down 10, Weatherford also calmly hit 6-foot-6 Greg Carr for the two-point conversion.

After Virginia failed to get a first down for the second series in a row, the Seminoles drove 73 yards in 11 plays, ending with Cismesia's 32-yard field goal.

But then Hagans made a few more plays to kill clock, and Franklin finished it.

"I don't have a lot to say," Bowden said. "All I want to say, you can't print."

The Cavaliers led 23-10 at halftime, getting their second touchdown with 19 seconds left when Hagans was flushed from the pocket, scrambled right and hit Wali Lundy, who dodged several defenders and made a final lunge to get the ball into the end zone.

Virginia also intercepted two passes, one by Marcus Hamilton to halt the Seminoles' opening drive at the Virginia 34 and one to start a 74-yard drive that ended with Hagans' 21-yard pass to Jonathan Stupar in the right corner of the end zone.

On the play before, Hagans made an even better throw on the run, a third-and-16 past that somehow got past a Seminoles defender to Emmanuel Byers for a 28-yard gain.

The second interception, by Chris Gorham at the Seminoles 36, led to Hughes' third field goal, a 35-yarder that gave the Cavaliers a 16-10 lead 1:29 before halftime.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
FSU
UVA
1st Downs2622
Total Yards472326
Passing377306
Rushing9520
Penalties13-1239-56
3rd Down Conversions11-184-14
4th Down Conversions0-00-0
Turnovers30
Possession28:0331:57

Passing Leaders

Florida StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTQBR
Weatherf...35/593776.413-
VirginiaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTQBR
Hagans27/363068.520-
Byers0/200.000-

Rushing Leaders

Florida StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Booker7699.9158
Washington8263.3012
VirginiaCARYDSAVGTDLG
Lundy9262.9010
Johnson7121.708

Receiving Leaders

Florida StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Reid710014.3025
Fagg5428.4018
VirginiaRECYDSAVGTDLG
Stupar56613.2121
Mines5499.8018

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERFSUUVA
TD10:13JONATHAN STUPAR 21 YD PASS FROM MARQUES HAGANS (CONNOR HUGHES KICK)
Drive info: 6 plays, 71 yards.
07
TD7:49LORENZO BOOKER 58 YD RUN (GARY CISMESIA KICK)
Drive info: 6 plays, 80 yards.
77
FG5:56CONNOR HUGHES 50 YD FG
Drive info: 5 plays, 30 yards.
710
SECOND QUARTERFSUUVA
FG14:22GARY CISMESIA 22 YD FG
Drive info: 15 plays, 75 yards.
1010
FG8:59CONNOR HUGHES 37 YD FG
Drive info: 11 plays, 58 yards.
1013
FG1:29CONNOR HUGHES 35 YD FG
Drive info: 6 plays, 18 yards.
1016
TD0:19WALI LUNDY 16 YD PASS FROM MARQUES HAGANS (CONNOR HUGHES KICK)
Drive info: 3 plays, 43 yards.
1023
THIRD QUARTERFSUUVA
FG11:36CONNOR HUGHES 45 YD FG
Drive info: 9 plays, 52 yards.
1026
FOURTH QUARTERFSUUVA
TD12:31CHRIS DAVIS 22 YD PASS FROM DREW WEATHERFORD (GREG CARR 2PT PASS FROM DREW WEATHERFORD)
Drive info: 4 plays, 47 yards.
1826
FG7:35GARY CISMESIA 32 YD FG
Drive info: 11 plays, 73 yards.
2126