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It was a #SCTop10 kind of week for the Wahoos.

Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Wow so this week was something else. There were dunks, fly paper, and a goose. But first, let's start with some NCAA soccer action.

The No. 21 Men's Soccer team took down UNC-Wilmington in the second round of the NCAAs, winning with a final score of 3-1. UNC-W got on the board first with an early goal, but a Sam Hayward knock tied the game and first year Jake Rozhansky put away the game winner to secure Virginia's victory. Scott Thomsen assisted both the equalizer and the game winner, while Kyle McCord added the insurance goal.

Next up, the Hoos take on either No. 1 seed Notre Dame or Ohio State on Sunday.

On the ladies' side, Virginia took down two foes this week to grab a spot in the NCAA Quarters. First up, the No.4 Hoos dispatched No.21 Rutgers 3-0 with a productive seven minute span early in the second half. Tina Iordanou got things rolling before Makenzy Doniak and Brittany Ratcliffe added goals to put the game away.

Sunday evening, the ladies took the pitch again, and this time absolutely demolished the competition. Virginia shut out Kentucky 7-0, controlling every aspect of the game. Morgan Brian scored two goals and added two assists, and Makenzy Doniak one-upped that performance with three goals and two assists of her own. Kalli Torres and Alexis Shaffer also scored in the onslaught. Their next game will be November 28th, with more info to follow. Stay tuned!

Women's Basketball also played two games, and won both. First, the Hoos defeated Xavier 71-62 on the road. Sarah Imovbioh, the human double-double machine (THD-DM), scored 18 points and grabbed 13 rebounds in the victory, while Faith Randolph scored 26 on 8-14 shooting.

Next up, the Cavaliers returned to the friendly confines of JPJ to host Auburn. While Auburn clearly has good taste in color combos, they just couldn't even handle Imovbioh and Faith, who once again dominated. THD-DM scored 21 points on 7-9 shooting and repeated her 13 rebound performance. Randolph contributed 18 points to the 66-51 win. Imovbioh is now averaging just shy of 18 points and 15 rebounds a game.

Tony Bennett and the men's squad played two games this week, winning both handily. Justin Anderson and Malcolm Brogdon each scored 17 points in a 75-55 win over South Carolina State on Tuesday in a game that got a lot of the younger guys in on rotation. If not for Karon Wright's four three-pointers in four minutes to open the second half, the margin of victory would have been much larger.

Virginia's biggest test (by far) of this young season came Friday against George Washington. GW, who played in the same building as the Hoos during the NCAAs last year, have been the most well balanced (non-cupcakey) team that Virginia has faced this year.

The opening half was not pretty, shooting 33% and allowing the Colonials to make 45% of their attempts. The second half, however, was a thing of beauty. Virginia shot 50% from the field, and the defensive clamps held GW to just 16 points in the second stanza. Justin Anderson, once again, led the Hoos in scoring with 18 points, while Malcolm Brogdon added 15. Darion Atkins had probably his best game overall with eight points and 11 rebounds. London committed no turnovers.

Justin Anderson has picked up any Joe Harris (#swoon) offensive slack, leading the Hoos in scoring in all four of their games so far. He is averaging 16 points a game, and is shooting 58% from three-point land. And he can do things like this:

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Now watch the second one in super slo-mo:

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Now watch it again (and again and again). Two fun things:

1) Look where Justin starts that play. Unreal.

2) Jack Salt's reaction. Priceless.

That dunk duo was good enough for some love on Sports Center's Top Ten and Twitter rejoiced.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Hey, look Hoos #5 on <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SCTopten?src=hash">#SCTopten</a>, 2 dunks from <a href="https://twitter.com/JusAnderson1">@JusAnderson1</a>! Four spots too low, but we&#39;ll take it.</p>&mdash; Brian Schwartz (@BSchwartzUVA) <a href="https://twitter.com/BSchwartzUVA/status/536050288898347008">November 22, 2014</a></blockquote>

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OK TIME FOR CANAAN SEVERIN!!!

Virginia took down visiting Miami in a decisive 30-13 victory for senior night on Saturday, meaning Brian has to eat a THIRD Meat Mountain (and there was more rejoicing!). The Cavalier defense excelled, holding the highly impressive Duke Johnson to just 88 yards. Anthony Harris led with ten tackles, and Max Valles crushed souls by way of three sacks and seven overall tackles. Everyone's favorite diaper dandy, Quin Blanding, contributed seven tackles of his own, and a clutch interception in the second half.

After Kevin Parks left the game with 'concussion like symptoms' following the first play of the Hoos' second series, Virginia relied on the performances of Khalek Sheperd and Smoke Mizzell. Sheperd ground out 95 yards on 22 carries with one touchdown (and he was robbed of a second...ROBBED!). Mizzell chipped in 55 yards on eight carries (6.9 yards per carry) in support of the effort.

Darius Jennings added 72 all-purpose yards, including one rushing touchdown. His best move of the day, however, was wearing injured teammate Miles Gooch's number for senior day. Classy move, and he definitely represented not only Gooch, but the Hoos well.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/UVa?src=hash">#UVa</a>&#39;s Darius Jennings wearing #17 in honor of Miles Gooch <a href="http://t.co/kSdFodoJEr">pic.twitter.com/kSdFodoJEr</a></p>&mdash; Jacquie Franciulli (@JacquieFran_) <a href="https://twitter.com/JacquieFran_/status/536299142327566336">November 22, 2014</a></blockquote>

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OK. TIME FOR CANAAN SEVERIN. FOR REAL THIS TIME.

Facing a third and ten from the Miami 23 yard line, Greyson Lambert (17-25, 146 yards, 1 INT, 1 TD) launched a high pass up the middle for Severin. What happened next was quite possibly the greatest catch in the history of organized sports. Here it is from every angle.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Welcome to the <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SCtop10?src=hash">#SCtop10</a>, Canaan Severin! Severin makes an UNREAL one-handed catch across middle and goes in for TD. » <a href="http://t.co/IfEac7PPMy">http://t.co/IfEac7PPMy</a></p>&mdash; SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) <a href="https://twitter.com/SportsCenter/status/536328962008707072">November 23, 2014</a></blockquote>

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"FLY PAPER, BABY! HOW 'BOUT THAT."

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Virginia&#39;s Canaan Severin hauled in this awesome one-handed TD catch against Miami. GIFs: <a href="http://t.co/bWf6gfS9Ct">http://t.co/bWf6gfS9Ct</a> <a href="http://t.co/txVl2da7UW">pic.twitter.com/txVl2da7UW</a></p>&mdash; Dr. Saturday (@YahooDrSaturday) <a href="https://twitter.com/YahooDrSaturday/status/536333976093622272">November 23, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/TheUVAFool">@theuvafool</a> RT <a href="https://twitter.com/akulawolf">@akulawolf</a>: Pretty good catch <a href="https://t.co/ZSfkA7pcD3">https://t.co/ZSfkA7pcD3</a></p>&mdash; Will C (@WillC_45) <a href="https://twitter.com/WillC_45/status/536327250887860224">November 23, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Catch of the year contender by Virginia: <a href="http://t.co/Jdkk6HQ8AW">http://t.co/Jdkk6HQ8AW</a> <a href="http://t.co/awPVdOtAIm">pic.twitter.com/awPVdOtAIm</a></p>&mdash; SB✯Nation CFB (@SBNationCFB) <a href="https://twitter.com/SBNationCFB/status/536327455003246592">November 23, 2014</a></blockquote>

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And in slo-mo:

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Understandably, Twitter exploded.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>That was the best catch I have ever seen. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SCTopTen?src=hash">#SCTopTen</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/gohoos?src=hash">#gohoos</a></p>&mdash; Kenny Towns (@Ktowns9) <a href="https://twitter.com/Ktowns9/status/536325767312211969">November 23, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Holy cow… Canaan Severin just made one of the nicest one-handed grabs you’ll see all year and <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/UVA?src=hash">#UVA</a> has the lead 10-7.</p>&mdash; ESPN ACC (@ESPN_ACC) <a href="https://twitter.com/ESPN_ACC/status/536325785918111744">November 23, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Caanan Severin with a SILLY catch.</p>&mdash; Justin Ferber (@Justin_Ferber) <a href="https://twitter.com/Justin_Ferber/status/536325622050852864">November 23, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/espn">@Espn</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/CSeverin_17">@CSeverin_17</a> catch was defiantly just <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SCTopTen?src=hash">#SCTopTen</a> Material !! Get this man a contract !!! <a href="https://twitter.com/ESPNCFB">@ESPNCFB</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Wow?src=hash">#Wow</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/GoHoos?src=hash">#GoHoos</a></p>&mdash; Justin Anderson (@JusAnderson1) <a href="https://twitter.com/JusAnderson1/status/536326262638538752">November 23, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>I expect 10 Vines of that catch synced to dubstep songs by morning.</p>&mdash; George Adeosun (@realwords) <a href="https://twitter.com/realwords/status/536326546584518656">November 23, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>idk bout yall but <a href="https://twitter.com/CSeverin_17">@CSeverin_17</a> catch should automatically be number one on <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SCTopTen?src=hash">#SCTopTen</a> ! lesssgoo <a href="https://twitter.com/UVa_Football">@UVa_Football</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Stud?src=hash">#Stud</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/GoHoos?src=hash">#GoHoos</a></p>&mdash; Brittany Ratcliffe (@brit_ratcliffe) <a href="https://twitter.com/brit_ratcliffe/status/536326706936946688">November 23, 2014</a></blockquote>

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It was incredible enough for number two on Sports Center, giving the Hoos top-five plays on back to back days. Not too shabby.

On a serious note, our thoughts here at Streaking the Lawn go out to Miami WR Herb Waters. He has since been released from the hospital with a neck sprain and cleared to travel with the team.

In case your Monday gets you down in the dumps, here's my new favorite human, Goose Guy, to cheer you up.

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>ESPN ANNOUNCERS CRACKING UP AT UVA BRO SINGING TO GOOSE DOT GIF</p>&mdash; Doc Kennedy (@DocHeelfire) <a href="https://twitter.com/DocHeelfire/status/536357702390521856">November 23, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>BOOTH REACTING TO UVA BRO SINGING TO GOOSE DOT GIF</p>&mdash; Zach Evans (@ztevans) <a href="https://twitter.com/ztevans/status/536357675999965184">November 23, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>&quot;I don&#39;t see a résumé or cover letter, just a Vine of you lip syncing into a goose.&quot;&#10;&quot;That is correct.&quot;&#10;&quot;Excellent, you&#39;re hired.&quot;</p>&mdash; Matt Ufford (@mattufford) <a href="https://twitter.com/mattufford/status/536366075924213760">November 23, 2014</a></blockquote>

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It's officially #RivalryWeek, and the game at Virginia Tech couldn't mean more this season. Saturday, Virginia Tech lost to Wake Forest.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Virginia Tech-Wake Forest was officially the year&#39;s worst game. <a href="http://t.co/DgvVRUTY3E">http://t.co/DgvVRUTY3E</a> <a href="http://t.co/6moldZmzHS">pic.twitter.com/6moldZmzHS</a></p>&mdash; SB✯Nation CFB (@SBNationCFB) <a href="https://twitter.com/SBNationCFB/status/536529672620605440">November 23, 2014</a></blockquote>

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How do you feel about that, Joe Tessitore and Brock Huard?

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Both VT and UVA need a win to become bowl eligible, and clearly it's time for the Hoos to take the Commonwealth Cup back. Game starts at 8pm on Black Friday.

Happy Thanksgiving, and GO HOOS!