Saturday, November 10, 2012
Virginia pulls off another stunner
By Heather Dinich
Virginia's win at NC State last weekend wasn't a fluke.
The Cavaliers continued to build upon that momentum with a thrilling 41-40, come-from-behind win against Miami in the final minute on Saturday, effectively throwing the Coastal Division race into further chaos.
Miami can still win the division. But so can Duke. And Georgia Tech. And Virginia Tech.
Welcome to the ACC, where everyone is a winner.
There's been a lot of talk about whether or not Miami will self-impose a postseason ban, but the athletic department can't even have that discussion until Miami reaches the six-win mark. Unfortunately for the ACC (and the rest of the Coastal Division teams), this uncertainty is going to drag on for at least another week. The Canes face South Florida next weekend at home before closing the regular season at Duke. If Duke wins at Georgia Tech next weekend, the Blue Devils and Canes will be playing for a trip to Charlotte.
Lotta ifs still going on in the ACC.
The one thing we learned from this game?
Virginia should stick with Michael Rocco at quarterback and ditch the two-quarterback rotation. Rocco was at his best in the clutch today and delivered the game-winning touchdown to Jake McGee. Rocco threw for 300 yards and four touchdowns. Phillip Sims isn't bad, but he's also not playing as well as Rocco has been. Rocco seems to have a better command of the offense.
Miami deserves credit for a gritty effort on the road without three starters on defense, but it couldn't stop Rocco on the final and most important drive.