BLACKSBURG, Va. — Cody Journell kicked
a 29-yard field goal with 4 seconds to play, and Virginia Tech beat
Virginia 17-14 Saturday to qualify for a bowl game and win its ninth
straight from its in-state rival.
Antone Exum set up the winning drive
when he intercepted Michael Rocco at the Cavaliers’ 36 with 3:21
remaining. Exum brought it back to the 24, and Virginia (4-8, 2-6)
inexplicably held on to two timeouts as the Hokies ran the clock down.
The Cavaliers used both timeouts to try to freeze Journell, but his kick
Logan Thomas ran for one touchdown and
threw for another for the Hokies (6-6, 4-4 Atlantic Coast Conference),
who have also won 13 of the last 14 in taking command of a once-close
Virginia led 14-7 after its first
defensive touchdown this season on a 16-yard fumble return by Brent
Urban early in the third quarter.