Back in 2003, there was legitimate palpable excitement for this game. Actually, there was legitimate palpable excitement for the program in general, the result of having a coach that came in and actually had more or less immediate success. But the VT game had a very distinctive this-is-our-time feeling to it, which persisted even though VT was 8-3 and ranked, and UVA was 6-5, and not. Yours truly was in the habit of staying home all of Thanksgiving weekend and driving back to school on Sunday, but instead I hightailed it back to Charlottesville that Friday and regretted it not in the slightest; rushing the field is a fine way to watch your last game as a student. I don't know if we'd have been more or less excited about the win if we'd known it'd be the last one until ????; it's probably best we didn't know.
Not a great night for the ACC once again. Pitt didn't compete against San Diego State in Maui and Virginia Tech never had a shot against Northern Iowa. Syracuse and Virginia rolled past cupcakes, while Miami avoided a tricky back-to-back game at Charlotte to win 77-74.