Sunday column: Good time for everyone — teammates included — to get to know Eric Kristensen.
Hokies win their 10th straight over UVa, 16-6. Scoreless second half pretty much sums it up.
UVa takes over at its own 7, trailing 16-6 with 8:17 left. Kristensen has been the player of the game, in my opinion. If he misses any of those three field goals — the type Tech was missing earlier this year — the Cavs might have grabbed momentum.
Teams have traded punts. Tech has it at its own 35, leading 16-6 with 11:20 left.
A rapidly moving and largely uneventful period ends with the Hokies still holding a 16-6 lead. The Hokies had the best chance to score midway through the quarter, driving to the UVa 24, but Thomas threw an interception on a pass that was deflected by Willie Byrn.
Greyson Lambert finally entered the game at QB for the Cavs on their most recent series (a three-and-out) and wasn’t close on his first throw. You get the feeling the Cavs blew their chance to really make a game of this after that Thomas fumble in the first half, but there’s still 15 minutes to play.
Edmunds has 84 rushing yards for the Hokies. Tech has the ball at the UVa 38, looking for a drive that could ice this one.
The Hokies take a 16-6 lead to the locker room after scoring the game’s first touchdown with 21 seconds left in the period.
Thomas hooked up with tailback Trey Edmunds for a 26-yard score, deflating what had been an enthusiastic Scott Stadium crowd. We then experienced our requisite “Mike London Time Management Gaffe” when the UVa coach didn’t call a timeout with 10 seconds left to give UVa two shots at the end zone (or an opportunity to set up a long field goal). Instead, the Hail Mary fell incomplete.
Thomas is 11-for-22 for 207 yards and a touchdown. He did fumble, though, for the game’s only turnover, but the Cavs could do nothing with it. They went for it on fourth-and-11 from the Tech 35 and didn’t get it, giving the Hokies decent field position for their scoring drive.
Haven’t seen UVa backup quarterback Greyson Lambert yet. London really put himself in a no-win situation with the announcement that Lambert would play at unknown intervals.
Watford is 9-for-16 for 101 yards, no touchdowns and no picks. He’s also UVa’s leading rusher with 33 yards.
Kristensen’s been the player of the game, hitting all three of his field goals from inside the 40.
UVa will get the ball to start the second half. Vegas has set the second half line at Tech by 3.5.
The Hokies lead 6-3 after one, but there’s been plenty of action — both between the whistles and after them. The crowd is riled up two plays after James Gayle and Morgan Moses scrapped at midfield and drew offsetting personal foul penalties.
Standouts on the Tech side so far are Demitri Knowles, who has 77 yards on two catches, and Eric Kristensen, who’s connected on both his field goal attempts (albeit short ones). Tech stalled twice deep in UVa territory, including following a pair of first downs inside the UVa 5.
David Watford has run more today than in most games. Bud Foster’s always been vulnerable to running QBs. Interesting stuff so far. Certainly no lack of intensity despite the reduced stakes after Duke won.
VT–FG Kristensen 22, 9:45. Drive: 11 plays, 78 yards, 5:15. Key play: Knowles 29 pass from Thomas to VT 45. Virginia Tech 3, Virginia 0.
UVa–FG Vozenilek 36, 6:14. Drive: Eight plays, 57 yards, 3:41. Key play: McGee 38 pass from Watford to VT 22. Virginia Tech 3, Virginia 3.
VT–FG Kristensen 30, 2:59. Drive: Eight plays, 57 yards, 3:15. Key play: Knowles 48 pass from Thomas to UVa 24. Virginia Tech 6, Virginia 3.
UVa–FG Vozenilek 29, 12:05. Drive: 13 plays, 69 yards, 5:54. Key play: Watford 24 run to VT 47. Virginia Tech 6, Virginia 6.
VT–FG Kristensen 38, 2:32. Drive: 11 plays, 67 yards, 5:04. Key play: Coles 31 pass from Thomas to UVa 39. Virginia Tech 9, Virginia 6.
VT–Edmunds 26 pass from Thomas (Kristensen kick), :21. Drive: Seven plays, 65 yards, :43. Key play: Byrn 17 pass from Thomas to UVa 26. Virginia Tech 16, Virginia 6.
Duke beats UNC 27-25 to clinch the Coastal Division crown. Meanwhile, the Vegas line on Tech-UVa drops to 10.5, as the Hokies’ chances of making the ACC title game dissolve.
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