CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Marques Hagans threw for 306 yards and two touchdowns and Connor Hughes kicked four field goals to help Virginia recapture a bit of its history by holding on to beat No. 4 Florida State 26-21 Saturday night.

The Cavaliers (4-2, 2-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) stopped the Seminoles near midfield with 31/2 minutes to go to force a punt. Hagans then ran for six yards before Florida State’s Tony Carter was called for pass interference on third down, giving Virginia a first down.

After Hagans came up a yard short on the next third-and-7 run, the Cavaliers punted and Florida State got one last chance from its own 26 with 56 seconds left. Drew Weatherford’s pass was picked off by Tony Franklin, sealing off the upset and bringing thousands of fans pouring onto the field to celebrate the victory.

The only bigger win in program history came 10 years ago, also against Florida State, when the Seminoles arrived ranked second and the Cavaliers held on for a 33-28 victory when Warrick Dunn was stopped at the goal line in the game’s final seconds.

That 1995 team was honored at halftime, and then history repeated itself.

Florida State (5-1, 3-1) had rallied from 26-10 down behind Weatherford in the final quarter, getting a 20-yard touchdown catch by Chris Davis and a 32-yard field goal from Gary Cismesia, but the freshman’s third interception ended the comeback attempt.

Weatherford finished 35-for-59 for 359 yards.

Hagans was 27-for-36 for 306 yards.

Coming off consecutive double-digit road losses at Maryland and Boston College, Virginia responded by beating a team ranked in the top five for only the second time.

AP-ES-10-16-05 0016EDT


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