Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Chick-Fil-A Bowl Adventures

After UVA surprisingly made the Peach Bowl (now Chick-Fil-A Bowl), Erryn and I decided to attend with some of my UVa buddies. The Atlanta hosted bowl is reserved for the second ranked ACC team, but Virginia Tech earned a BCS bid, leaving an opportunity for the Cavs to go to a top flight bowl after being predicted to finish in the basement of the division.

When we arrived in Atlanta, we were surprised to see plenty of fellow Cavs fans, but due to the proximity to Auburn, the Tiger fans showed up closer to gametime. Strangely enough, Auburn’s first football coach was a UVa alum and used our colors for their squad 100 years ago, hence tons of orange and blue in the streets of Atlanta. The highlight of the activities before the game was the parade, during 60 degree Georgia weather, and predictably tons of cows:

The game started off great with our marching band and early touchdowns and leads:

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Unfortunately Auburn’s speed and our special teams errors took over the game leading to a 19 point loss. You are not going to win many games with two blocked punts, giving up an onside kick, a failed fake fg, and a 60 yard return. Despite the disappointment, I am optimistic about the young over achieving team and look forward to next year after sophomore QB Rocco’s improved play in the 2nd half of the season.

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