Almost two hours after the conclusion of the UVA - Miami game and I'm still out of breath. In an absolute shoot-out, the Hoos saved their best for last, as Michael Rocco capped off his terrific afternoon with the drive of the season, marching 87 yards down the field to seal the deal. And what's more fitting than "The Kid" (aka the cyborg known as Jake McGee) to haul in an unbelievable catch in the back of the endzone -- Dwight Clark-esque -- with just six seconds remaining? In what has been an up-and down year for Virginia, McGee has been a bright spot, making clutch play after clutch play to beat teams like Penn State and Miami.
And hats off to Rocco who played the game of his life, going 29-37 with 300 yards and 4 touchdowns, not to mention a UVA record 18 consecutive completions midway through the game. Given the bizarre circumstances of a quarterback rotation with Phillip Sims, Rocco made a big-time statement for the outright starting job. He certainly should be under center for the next two contests between North Carolina and Virginia Tech.
And let's give some credit to the defense who buckled down and made some key stops at the end of the game to make sure that the win was within reach for the Hoos. Guys like Will Hill, Justin Renfrow, Laroy Reynolds, and Steve Greer anchored the run defense when the Hoos most needed it, and they were a huge part of today's miracle comeback. Special teams, on the other hand...yikes.
So what does this all mean? With just two games remaining in the season, UVA still has their sights set on a bowl game birth. It won't be easy, with the two games coming against formidable opponents, but the Hoos are playing inspired football as of late. With the same passion they played with today, and a few more solid outings from the red-hot Rocco, don't be shocked to see some more unreal upsets in the coming weeks.