Virginia had a similar moment in 2010, defeating No. 22 Miami. The Cavaliers then closed with four consecutive losses, including a third straight to Duke.
Much, if not all, that was gained against the Hurricanes was lost. The challenge is to avoid a repeat, to build upon this and earn the program's first bowl bid since 2007.
The challenge starts with this week's game against visiting North Carolina State.
"We're definitely more mature (than last season)," Greer said, "and better able to execute what Coach Reid puts in."
No doubt, the defense was most to blame for last season's fade, yielding 151 points in the final four defeats. Given two weeks to prepare for Georgia Tech's option, the Cavaliers were stout. They have no such luxury the remainder of the season.
Now the grind truly begins. Six games in as many weeks, including trips to Miami and Florida State.
"We haven't won very much around here," London said. "To win any game … it's contagious."
A reporter asked Reynolds if Saturday marked the biggest moment of his time at Virginia.
"So far," he said with a smile. "More to come."
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