CHARLOTTESVILLE, NOV. 3 -- Today's game was the hottest ticket in Virginia sports history, with scalpers commanding up to $150.
Singer Bruce Hornsby, who was an honorary basketball coach in the Virginia basketball team's annual "Orange/Blue" intrasquad scrimmage Friday night, received no money for his appearance, but remarked, "It was the only way I could get a ticket for the football game."
Hornsby coached against Woody Harrelson, and defeated the "Cheers" bartender in a halftime one-on-one contest. Both celebrity coaches attended a lively postgame celebration hosted by Virginia point guard John Crotty.
Today's attendance of 49,700 broke the previous Scott Stadium record of 46,800 fans who watched Virginia's first-ever victory over Clemson Sept. 8. Over 350 journalists were issued credentials, and were given T-shirts which read: "I squeezed into the press box at Scott Stadium." Hear, Hear!
Georgia Tech quarterback Shawn Jones took a five-yard delay of game penalty early in the second half when he couldn't hear over the excessive crowd noise. . . . Virginia tight end Bruce McGonnigal, who suffered a bruised spleen in a freak fall Oct. 18, observed today's game from the stands. McGonnigal wanted to watch from the sidelines, but team doctors feared that any contact with players running out of bounds could have caused a spleen rupture.
McGonnigal, who stumbled down a concrete ramp stairwell while searching for a lost dog, was released from University of Virginia Hospital Wednesday and could return for a bowl game. McInerney Milestone
Jake McInerney's 51-yard field goal 10 seconds into the second quarter was the longest of his career, breaking his previous best of 45 yards two weeks ago at Wake Forest. McInerney kicked a 55-yarder as a senior at Bishop O'Connell High in Arlington, Va. Kenny Stadlin set the Virginia record with a 56-yarder against Virginia Tech in 1984. More Scores for Moore
Wide receiver Herman Moore has now caught a touchdown in 10 consecutive games and 15 of his last 16. . . . Quarterback Shawn Moore will appear on the Today Show Monday. Moore will be interviewed by Bryant Gumbel via satellite from the University's historic Rotunda.