ANNAPOLIS, Md. – The second half of the Military Bowl saw six lead changes as the Bearcats beat the Hokies, 35-31.
Finishing the season at 6-7, 2018 marks the Hokies first losing season since the team went 2-8-1 in 1992.
With the loss to Cincinnati, Virginia Tech has lost back-to-back bowl games for the first time since the 2012 season.
With a chance to drive down the field and win the game, a Ryan Willis pass was intercepted by James Wiggins with 33 seconds to play, sealing the Bearcats victory.
In the first half, the Virginia Tech Hokies allowed 14-unanswered points and were tied with the Bearcats, 14-14, at halftime.
The Hokies scored during their first possession on a Ryan Willis pass to Eric Kumah for 21 yards.
The Bearcats then immediately responded with a touchdown of their own, followed by another touchdown with 11:22 remaining in the first half.
Willis and company evened things up with 7:04 left in the half on a Steven Peoples 1-yard TD run.
With less than 30 seconds remaining in the half, Hokies Brian Johnson missed a 41-yard FG attempt to give Tech a lead.