|Historical Stats & Info
|"It is the most important victory of my career." -- Head Coach Dick Voris, after the
Hoos’ 15-12 victory over Duke on September 27, 1958. Voris finished his UVA career
with a record of 1-29.
|"We've stopped recruiting young men who want to come here to be students first and
athletes second." -- Former Virginia head coach Sonny Randle, describing his strategy
for turning around UVA's football program
|"As the score mounted, to 20-0 and finally 26-0, his movements slowed. With two
minutes to go and South Carolina threatening once more, Voris stood behind several
rows of substitutes, staring at his shoes." -- Sports Illustrated, describing Coach Voris’
stellar coaching performance during the Hoos’ 26-0 loss to South Carolina in 1960
|"Really, Texas wasn't as good as I thought they'd be." -- Ted Manly, Virginia's
freshman quarterback, after Texas had spanked the Hoos 68-0
|UVA Football's Top 20 Stomach Punch Games (1989-2008)
|Awhile back I asked my friend Steve, a buddy of mine from college, if he'd be interested
in putting together a list of the 20 most deflating losses in the history of UVA football for
me to include on my website. In my mind, Steve was the perfect guy for this - not only is
he one of the most diehard Hoos fans I know, he also has Rain Man-like recall skills
when it comes to UVA football. Fortunately, Steve was willing to overlook some minor
details - such as the fact that I couldn't pay him anything and that my site draws about
six visitors per day - that may have led others to decline my offer.
Below is the first installment in what will be a continuing series. Big ups to my boy
Steve - the thoroughness and level of detail go far, far beyond what I expected. I was so
jacked after reading this that I started doing the Sam Cassell testicle dance in my office.
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|Over the last 20 years, rooting for UVA football has been a fun, exciting and ultimately
fulfilling pursuit that has brought joy to Wahoo fans across the nation. Two ACC
co-championships, numerous bowl games, All-American superstars and future NFL
standouts have helped UVA build its program, enhance its stadium, and increase
expectations for greater success now and in the future.
However, during this period of sustained success, UVA football regularly bludgeoned
its fans to death by finding incredibly inventive ways to lose. Blown leads, missed
opportunities, and unfathomable upsets have become ingrained into the UVA fan's
psyche, and, quite likely, taken years off of innocent people's lives. If it wasn't so
maddening, it would be almost, well, charming.
We're like Cubs fans with bow ties and nice flasks.
As a cathartic and sometimes painfully comical exercise for all Wahoo fans, I've put
together a comprehensive list of the Top 20 Stomach Punch Games (SPGs for short)
of the Past 20 Years of UVA Football. It's a veritable horror show of game-changing
turnovers, untimely penalties, and incomprehensible mental errors, but presented with
sincere love and affection (despite the irrevocable damage it's done to me, my family,
and my extended Wahoo brethren). Please consider this not only a therapeutic
exercise for UVA fans, but also an educational opportunity for college football fans in
general. So when some assclown Iowa Hawkeye or South Carolina Gamecock fan
tries to tell you they're the most tortured program in the country, just point them to this
list. After reading through it, chances are that they will simply nod knowingly and buy
you drinks for the rest of the night.
Rather than simply coming up with an arbitrary ranking of the top 20, I developed
specific criteria to help determine which games ultimately delivered the most mental
anguish to Wahoo nation. Games were given a score of 0-10 in each of the following
categories, with a maximum overall score of 60.