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...
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — 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 last 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.”