CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- Trailing 14-10, Virginia had the ball at the Georgia Tech 1-yard-line with six seconds left in the first half and no timeouts remaining.
Decision time for Mike London. Kick the chip-shot field goal or try to grab the lead? What do you say, Coach?
We got down there and obviously we could have kicked the field goal, but this team is 2-5. We are trying to score a touchdown. We did a great job moving the ball down there and we wanted a touchdown, London said.
OK. Run or pass, and maybe have a second or two left if a quick throw is incomplete?
We can talk about play selection, but what we tried was a jumbo package play, and we tried to show them something different and capitalize on that, but we didnt, London said.
Didnt indeed. Kevin Parks was stopped for no gain as time expired, and the jubilant Yellow Jackets sprinted to the locker room while the Cavaliers walked off with their heads hanging -- a scene that has become all too familiar for a Virginia team that has lost five in a row after Saturdays 35-25 loss to Georgia Tech. The Cavaliers will have to win out to become bowl eligible.
The late first-half failed gamble wasnt the first one for Virginia. On the Cavaliers second possession, they lined up for a 32-yard field-goal try on fourth-and-6. An offsides penalty against Georgia Tech made it fourth-and-1, and the crowd pleaded with London to go for the first down. He obliged, but Watford overthrew fullback Billy Scrobacz in the flat.
Virginia got no points off five Georgia Tech turnovers, four of them in the first half.
Its very disappointing to have had five turnovers and not be able to capitalize and score on some of those opportunities, London said. Some of the players had career days, but you would rather have the W.