Hokies down Hoos and become bowl eligible
BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) - Michael Brewer threw a 9-yard touchdown pass to Bucky Hodges with 1:48 remaining Friday night and Virginia Tech beat Virginia for the 11th year in a row, 24-20.
The Hokies (6-6, 3-5 Atlantic Coast Conference) won for just the second time in six games, but qualified for a bowl game for the 22nd year in a row, the second-longest streak in the country. They also ended a six-game losing streak at Lane Stadium against conference opponents.
(5-7, 3-5), seeking their first bowl bid since 2011, lost its 10th consecutive road game. The Cavaliers drove to the Hokies 36 in the closing seconds, but reserve quarterback Matt Johns was sacked on a fourth-and-5 play.
The game was a defensive struggle throughout, and only in the closing minutes did the offenses get moving.
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