Virginia Tech holds off UVA, earns bowl eligibility

Virginia Tech holds off UVA, earns bowl eligibility

BLACKSBURG, VA (WWBT) - Hopes were high for Virginia entering Friday's match-up with Virginia tech, but at the end of the night, the script remained the same.

Bucky Hodges scored a late touchdown and the Hokies defense stood firm down the stretch, as Virginia Tech topped its arch rival, 24-20, at Lane Stadium on Friday night.

After the two teams traded field goals, CJ Revis blocked a punt in the endzone in the second quarter. Hodges would fall on the ball for the Virginia Tech touchdown, putting the Hokies up 10-3. After the Cavaliers added another field goal, they took the lead in the second. Michael Brewers arm was hit deep in Hokie territory, launching the ball in the air. David Dean came down with it and rumbled into the endzone, putting the Wahoos up 13-10, which would be the score at halftime.

In the third quarter, Brewer would throw a 36-yard touchdown pass to Cam Phillips, putting Virginia Tech back on top, 17-13, and the score would remain that way until late in the fourth quarter. That's when Greyson Lambert led the Cavaliers on a scoring drive that would end with a touchdown pass to Zachary Swanson, putting UVA in front, 20-17, with 2:55 to play.

The Hokies weren't done, taking advantage of two Virginia penalties, and ending the drive with a Brewer touchdown pass to Hodges from nine yards out, putting Virginia Tech back in front, 24-20, with 1:48 left in the game.  The Hokie defense would allow Virginia to work its way down the field, but would stand tall on a 4th and 5, stopping the Cavaliers with four seconds to play. Lambert would leave with an injury during the final drive, so Matt Johns led much of the comeback attempt that fell short.

Brewer threw for 235 yards and two touchdowns, along with one interception, while J.C. Coleman rushed for 118 yards on 18 carries. Phillips pulled in five receptions for 73 yards and the score. For the Wahoos, Lambert threw for 211 yards and a touchdown. Kevin Parks rushed for 70 yards, while Canaan Severin had 82 receiving yards on four receptions.

Virginia Tech locks up its 22nd straight season of bowl eligibility, the second-longest active streak in the nation. The Hokies also beat their arch rivals for the eleventh straight time. Tech is now 6-6, while Virginia's season ends at 5-7, the fourth losing record in Mike London's five seasons.

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