CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Cedric Peerman ran around and through the North Carolina defense for 186 yards and a touchdown, and Chris Gould tied a Virginia record for field goals. But the heroes for the Cavaliers in Saturday's 22-20 victory over North Carolina may be a pair of team managers.
The two managers were standing behind the east end zone after Gould apparently missed the fourth of what would become five field goals - a 48-yard shot with 8:11 left in the third quarter.
"At first, when I kicked it, and I looked up, I thought I saw it go over the bar," Gould said. "But then they said no good. I told (an assistant coach) 'I don't feel like I hit that one short.'
"Right as I said that, two managers who go down to retrieve the balls after we're done kicking came back and said 'It was good, it was good,'" Gould said.
Replays showed that one of the officials under the goalposts apparently flinched as the ball headed toward the uprights and may not have seen the ball when it cleared the crossbar. Coach Al Groh's challenge led to an eventual reversal, giving Virginia a 19-7 lead.
"I trust the opinion of the people, and they were that adamant about it," Groh said.
Virginia's victory over North Carolina (1-2, 0-1 ACC) snapped a four-game road losing streak in the conference.
WAKE FOREST 21, ARMY 10
In Winston-Salem, N.C., Aaron Curry returned an interception 84 yards for a touchdown and Wake Forest held Army to 56 total yards in the second half .
Kenneth Moore brought a punt back 55 yards for another score for the Demon Deacons.
MIAMI 23, FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL 9
In Miami, Kyle Wright threw an 80-yard pass to Lance Leggett for the Hurricanes' longest offensive score in nearly two years in the rematch of South Florida rivals who got into an on-field melee last season.