October 16, 2005
The University of Virginia Cavaliers pulled off an upset over the Florida State Seminoles on Saturday, and folks around town are still talking about it.
The unranked Cavaliers at the time knocked off the #4 ranked Seminoles creating a feeling for fans, businesses, and the team, not felt in a decade.
"The entire game was absolutely awesome," said Curran Jhanjee, a fourth year at the University of Virginia.
"Everyone got real loud. It was the loudest I've ever heard at Scott Stadium," said Sam Jonas, also a fourth year at the University of Virginia.
"We were kind of going crazy. My mom called me from Texas, and was screaming on the phone," said Kristin Hendee, a fourth year at the University of Virginia as well.
Those 4th year University of Virginia students share their reaction of the game after not ever seeing it as a UVA student before.
"It was one of the few games that I've been at where the entire crowd has been really into it. It was really cool just to be there," explained Jhanjee.
"It was a little tense, but the crowd got louder as we got closer to the end, and I don't know, we pulled it out," added Jonas.
"Yeah, it was so exciting. It was actually too crowded, so I left in the third, and went and watched it from home," said Hendee.
Their emotion sums up the taste of a sweet victory, a victory bottled up, but very much brewing since 1995. Speaking of bottles and brew, some fans saw the 26-21 defeat as an opportunity to celebrate in local bars. Staffers say the huge crowds brought lots of business.
"It was nuts out here. There was just huge crowds of people wandering about, and coming down McCormick [Road], and just packing in everywhere. It was really busy in here last night, and everywhere else on the corner, so it was real good business," said Mike Haken, a staff-member at Jaberwocke Restaurant and Bar.
Some fans say they are still somewhat on edge. According to them, the Cavs have yet to meet their toughest match, which is November 19th against the Hokies of Virginia Tech.