Tallahassee, FL – The final 1:16 at Doak Campbell Stadium provided plenty of drama Saturday night and kept Virginia's ACC title hopes alive after it seemed instant replay had dashed them.
Kevin Parks ran for the go-ahead touchdown with 76 seconds remaining and the Cavaliers escaped with a 14-13 comeback victory over No. 23 Florida State despite the Seminoles catching several breaks on their final series.
On 4th-and-1 from midfield, E.J. Manuel was sacked, but a facemask penalty kept the drive alive.
Three plays later, with time winding down, Bert Reed made a four-yard grab at the Virginia 26-yard line. His knee, however, came down inbounds and the final eight seconds ticked off as FSU's field goal unit couldn't get on the field in time.
Instant replay, however, overturned the call on the field and ruled the catch incomplete as Reed did not maintain possession while falling to the ground.
The break gave Dustin Hopkins a chance at a game-winner, which was moved up five yards after a defensive offsides penalty. Hopkins' 43-yarder, though, was pushed wide left in the final twist of a roller coaster finish.
Virginia (8-3, 5-2 ACC), which has won four straight, can capture the Coastal Division with a win against Virginia Tech in its season finale next Saturday.
The Seminoles (7-4, 5-3), who had never lost to Virginia at home, had a five- game win streak snapped.