Virginia Tech bests Virginia 16-6
Trey Edmunds took a short pass 26 yards for a first-half
touchdown and Eric Kristensen kicked three field goals as Virginia
Tech beat Virginia for the 10th consecutive time, 16-6, on Saturday
The Hokies (8-4, 5-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) learned before
the game that their hopes of playing in the league championship
game were dashed when Duke beat North Carolina 27-25 to win the
Coastal Division, but they didn’t let it dampen their enthusiasm
for beating the Cavaliers for the 14th time in 15 games.
The Cavaliers (2-10, 0-8) lost for the 18th time in their last
22 games overall dating to last season, and used the same recipe
that has plagued them throughout. They forced two turnovers, but
scored no points off either, and squandered a late offensive series
when Greyson Lambert threw an interception.
The Cavaliers forced 21 turnovers this season, and scored just
13 points off the takeaways.
All the scoring came in the first half on a frigid day at Scott
Stadium, and with the Hokies’ ACC title shot gone, and discontent
among Virginia fans, fans’ enthusiasm waned as the game wore
Curious game management by Virginia late in the first half also
caused some consternation.
Max Valles sacked Logan Thomas and forced a fumble late in the
half, and Brent Urban recovered for Virginia at the Hokies’ 34.
After Kevin Parks lost a yard, David Watford threw incomplete to
Darius Jennings and Jake McGee, and with just over a minute to
play, Virginia opted to try to cash in on the turnover and go for
it on fourth-and-11. Watford, however, badly overthrew E.J. Scott
The Hokies took over with 1:04 on the clock, and Logan Thomas
quickly hit Demitri Knowles for 15 yards to midfield, Kalvin Cline
for 12 and Willie Byrn for 17 yards to the Cavaliers 26. After
missing on two passes, Thomas hit Edmunds with a short dump pass,
and Edmunds broke a tackle and scored the touchdown.
Park did bust free for a 48-yard run with Virginia pinned deep
in its own end in the fourth quarter, making him the first
Cavaliers running back to go over 1,000 yards since Alvin Pearman
in 2004, but on the next play, Lambert threw wide of Keeon Johnson
and Kendall Fuller intercepted for the Hokies.
Lambert played the fourth quarter after David Watford, who
started every game this season, completed 13 of 23 passes for 122
yards in the first three quarters, but twice saw drives inside the
Hokies’ 20 stall, forcing field goal attempts. The Cavaliers never
threatened to score the rest of the way.
The Hokies weren’t much better, and Thomas was sacked five
times, but in what became a defensive struggle throughout the
second half, the Hokies held the Cavaliers to 120 yards after
halftime, making the lead more than ample.
The game’s first four possessions all yielded field goals – of
22 and 30 yards by Eric Kristensen for the Hokies, who got the ball
first, and kicks of 36 and 29 yards by the Cavaliers’ Alex
Virginia finally forced the first punt and drove to the Hokies’
33, but after considering a long field goal, Virginia punted and
the Hokies drove 67 yards to Kristensen’s go-ahead 38-yard field
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