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

night.

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

on.

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

deep downfield.

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

Vozenilek.

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

goal.

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