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UVA Football Powers Forward

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The Cavaliers football team lost for the 13th time in the last 14 years against the Hokies, as UVA fell 17-14 Saturday at Lane Stadium.

Virginia lost for the 8th time this season, but Saturday's defeat marked a harder loss than others, being that it came from their arch rival, Virginia Tech

UVA quarterback Michael Rocco, who converted 14 of 29 passes for 177 yards said, "You never like to lose - especially to Virginia Tech."

Wide Receiver Tim Smith had 4 catches for 79 yards, and added, "It makes me feel worse, just knowing that we were that close."

Even though UVA played Virginia Tech tough, with Steve Greer (19) and LaRoy Reynolds (15) setting for career high's in tackles, Virginia Tech's defensive blitzing and man coverage helped lift them over the Wahoos.

Rocco said, "Sometimes they picked it up and sometimes they got to me and Phil (Sims), so they did a good job of sticking with their men too."

This is the 9th consecutive time the Hokies have beaten the 'Hoos, but this game proved the UVA program is making huge strides.

Smith said, "The closer we are, the more frustrating it is, but we wont stop."

Rocco added, "I don't know if there is a gap to close between us and Virginia Tech. The score might say otherwise but I believe in our team and I believe that we can get the job done."

While UVA came up short in the battle, head coach Mike London says their post game chat was all about the graduating seniors.

London said, "You know there's some private moments that you share about some of those young men in there. I've come to know them well and their families, their personal stories. Things like that.  We talked more about that."

Two teammates who will be moving on are Greer and Reynolds.

Neither focused much attention on the loss or themselves after the game, but they did elaborate on what the team can achieve.

Greer said, "Young talented guys coming up, a lot of potential and I think that gap is definitely closing. That's definitely a goal of this program - to beat Virginia Tech every year."

Reynolds added, "My eyes light up just seeing the young guys. Just how much heart they have and how much passion they're gonna have. I look forward to it, I look forward to watching those guys play."

Underclassmen are already pressing onto the 2013 season.

Smith said "We're going to keep pressing forward, and we start back at it Monday."

Rocco added, "We gotta pick up the pieces and move on. Next year is a new year and we just gotta move on and prepare."

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