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"We both played giveaway and we gaveoff to them in the end," said a somber Virgina Coach Dick Bestwick. "We had them backed up a lot and didn't take advantage. Our own errors beat us."
In fact, Virginia's mistakes kept VMI in the game in the first half when it looked like the Cavs might win their second straight for the first time since 1974.
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"We were up the first half, but we were tight," said VMI halfback Butch Hostetter, who ended with 130 yards and two touchdowns. "The second half we tried to relax and it made a difference."
What also made a difference was an adjustment the VMI defense made to shut down the outside running of Vigorito and Greg Taylor. They gained 154 yards in the first half but only 34 in the second.
This forced Bestwick to bench running quarterback Mickey Spady and go with passing quarterback Chip Mark. The VMI defense was lying in wait and came up with two interceptions.
It was VMI's one big mistake that gave the Cavs (1-3) their last lead.
It came on the last play of the third quarter. Return man Walt Bellamy, caught upfield, tried to grab Russ Henderson's punt While retreating on his 12-yard line. Bellamy was hit by Joe Roseborough and the ball bounded into the end zone where Roseborough fell on it for a Gavalier touchdown.
Chuck Kelly, who had kicked a 44-yard field goal in the first half, was wide right with the extra point and the Virginia lead was 9-7.
The missed conversion proved to be crucial when Craig, Jones kicked a 36 yard field goal, set up by Dale Ogg's interception at midfield with 11:42 left.
"This loss is the hardest I've ever had to deal with," said Mark, a senior. "It's partly because I feel like the interceptions I threw cost us the game, but that's not all of it. Losing to VMI is the pits."
Mark's second interception came with 2:07 left. Safety Mike Alston pulled down the desperation fourthdown pass and returned it 40 yards to the Virginia three.
Hostetter's second touchdown made it 17.9 with 1:01 left and started the students chanting. But Mark wasn't finished. He marched the Cavaliers to the 32 before his last-chance pass to Tim Moon was tipped away in the end zone by Bellamy with 11 seconds left.
The game was a bitter one, with numerous late hits and shouting back and forth that carried over into several near fights as the players trudged to the locker rooms.
"We wanted them bad, worse than anything," VMI quarterback Robby Clark said. "Every year we come down here and they're standing there like, 'Welcome to UVA. We have everything you don't." They're sort of snotty about it."
The Keydets (2-2) have three straight wins over the Cavalrers. They got yesterday's victory in a game that featured three option passes, two reverses, a quickkick, 124 yards in penalties, six fumbles and two interceptions.
"Yeah, we did everything you could do" said Vigorito, one of many Cavs still in uniform with his head down 30 minutes after the game was over. "We did everything but score and everything but win."