CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — His team had just fallen 38-0 with a thud heard around Virginia in a much-hyped meeting with Virginia Tech, and Mike London wanted them to feel the disappointment — and the pride.

Unlike the past three seasons without a bowl game, the Cavaliers have another game to look forward to, he told them. More weeks to practice and grow, and another chance to end the season on a high note.

Virginia (8-4, 5-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) won't likely know it's bowl destination for several days, but that it will have one means the first goal for this season was reached.

London says he's pleased with the chance for his second team to finish 9-4.

Senior safety Rodney McLeod is too, and says it's a chance for Virginia to redeem itself.