Ah yes, yet another football contest in Charlottesville’s Scott Stadium on a lovely Saturday afternoon between the Abilene Christian (Googles...) Wildcats and the Virginia Cavaliers. Everyone wants as many games as they can safely schedule in 2020, and the Hoos taking on an FCS team in the middle of ACC play is perfectly acceptable.
But for any of you crazy enough to wager on this by grabbing the 39.5 points available for backing the Wildcats, we bid you better tidings this holiday season. With 34 seconds remaining in the contest and the Cavaliers, Abilene got the ball back following a safety, but still trailing 49-15. Looking to score another touchdown, they took it to the red zone to cut the margin even further.
It seemed locked in for ACU bettors to head to the window and cash their tickets... but this is college football:
The last play of the #UVa-Abilene Christian game. D’Sean Perry’s pick-six gave the Cavaliers, a 39.5-point favorite, a 40-point win. A back door cover for the ages and a very worthy candidate for @notthefakeSVP’s “Bad Beats.” pic.twitter.com/FIjmK6cEFx— John Shifflett (@John_Shifflett) November 22, 2020
Not so fast. And the because they are the most academically-centered program in the ACC, UVA kindly declined the PAT. But it was still enough for the cover by exactly half-a-point. Final score: 55-15 Virginia.
We’re sure at least a few bucks changed hands here somewhere, and that’s a pretty gross beat on a day with a few of them.