The No. 9 Seminoles were less ready for Braxton Key. "That's his game. He's kind of a complete player who does a little bit of everything".
The Cavaliers' top-ranked scoring defense (51.4 points per game) held the Seminoles to season lows in scoring and field goal percentage (34.1 percent) and led by as many as 29 points before FSU closed the game on a 16-0 run.
"We were locked in and we were ready to play defensively", coach Tony Bennett said.
After a closely-contested first few minutes - the Seminoles led, 9-8, at the 14:10 mark of the first half, and trailed by just three midway through the period - Virginia (13-0, 1-0) flexed its defensive might and pulled away as the game moved toward halftime.
After beating No. 20 Duke for their second straight ACC title, the Seminoles prepared for the final ever BCS game - this one being for the national title inside the iconic Rose Bowl stadium in Pasadena, California against an Auburn team that was trying to win an eight straight title for that other conference in our region.
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Virginia's Kyle Guy, a first-team All-ACC selection a year ago, led all scorers with 21 points, 15 of which from 3-point range.
Phil Cofer scored nine points to lead FSU. Key scored seven and Guy six in the burst, which gave the Cavaliers a 42-23 lead at the break.
The Seminoles finished with as many turnovers as field goals, and Virginia scored 21 points off those miscues. Florida State was trailing by almost 30 points for the majority of the game, but closed with a late rally against Virginia's reserves. Both teams missed field goal attempts with their next possessions, giving Virginia the ball with 4.1 seconds remaining.