POSTGAME Cody Journell kicks a 29-yard field goal on the final play of the game, and Virginia Tech got bowl-eligible with a 17-14 victory over UVa — the Hokies’ ninth straight win in the series.
This one was never pretty. I’d agree with Barry from Ivy that the fake field goal was the turning point. The final turn came when Antone Exum intercepted a Michael Rocco pass in Virginia territory to set up the winning kick. A lot of talk about Mike London’s woeful clock management.
Doughty and Bob Molinaro will have all that covered for you in tomorrow’s paper.
Andy, Berman and I took Tech angles, with me focusing my column on Logan Thomas grinding this one out.
We’re not expecting a bowl announcement until after the BCS selection show next week.
Final: Hokies 17, UVa 14. Field goal at the gun. Back with more later.
Things have picked up here. The Hokies and Cavs are tied 14-14 with UVa driving near midfield.
Tech tied it with 1:25 remaining in the period on a 4-yard touchdown run by Logan Thomas. Brent Urban had given UVa the lead with a 16-yard fumble return for a score after Eli Harold and Jake Snyder sacked Thomas and dislodged the ball.
Two things to remember going forward: The Hokies have only one timeout left after two puzzling burns, and UVa passed on a 38-yard field goal attempt to run a fake, which failed.
Should be a lot better finish than the start was.
We go to the half with Tech and UVa tied 7-7, and really, should we have expected anything else this season?
The teams have combined for 14 punts. Logan Thomas is 8 for 22 for 55 yards and a touchdown. He’s been sacked twice and has not looked comfortable all day.
The Cavs tied the score with 42-yard touchdown pass from Michael Rocco to Tim Smith with 3:30 left in the half.
Neither team has been able to run the ball effectively. Kevin Parks lead UVa with 18 yards on seven carries; Thomas has 10 totes for 31 yards for Tech.
Should pause a moment to commend the defenses. Both have been sharp. Jack Tyler and Detrick Bonner lead Tech with eight stops apiece, while LaRoy Reynolds and Steve Greer are tied for the UVa lead with seven tackles each.
It can’t be easy throwing the ball in this chill and wind. Once again the Hokies are left wishing they could play smashmouth when the situation dictates, and they cannot.
The Hokies squandered great field position in the first quarter but it started to balance out in the second quarter.
Bottom line: Virginia has to like where it stands at this point. The Cavs will get the ball first to start the second half.
Mercifully, it is over. And it is 0-0. Hokies have gained 28 yards on eight plays, and despite starting field position of the 36.8-yard line, they can’t dent the scoreboard.
Logan Thomas is 2-for-7 for six yards.
Michael Rocco is 5-for-8 for 52 yards. Highlight was a successful fake punt by Tech that led to nothing.
Eh, let’s hope this thing picks up a bit.
Hokies will go off as a 10-point favorite. Seems a little high to me. I said 24-17 VT.
Kickoff at noon.