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Hokies squeak past Cavs 17-14

BLACKSBURG – Meeting for the 90th time since 1895, the Virginia Tech Hokies hosted the University of Virginia Cavaliers this Saturday, besting their brethren from Charlottesville 17-14 and successfully clinching a spot in Atlantic Coast Conference Championship game.
Though the Cavs got on the board early, the Hokies persevered, patching together two impressive second half drives that culminated in a Dustin Keys field goal to give the Hokies the two-point edge.
“I’m as proud as I can be of this football team,” Hokie head coach Frank Beamer stated. “[The win] is as special as it gets … the coaches and players all deserve credit,” he added.
This win is especially notable, given the somewhat surprising appearance of standout Cavalier corner back Vic Hall, who took most of the game’s snaps at quarterback for Virginia. Hall was indeed prolific, accounting for all of the 14 points UVa amassed with both scores coming on breakaway keepers.  
The game was neck and neck for most of the contest, with Hall’s first score being answered by Hokie quarterback Tyrod Taylor who first connected to Jarrett Boykin inside the UVa end zone to tie the game at 7-7.
Hall, with the help of senior back Cedric Peerman, would drive right back into Hokie territory, breaking a 16 yard run for another score. Going into the locker room the Cavaliers were on top of the Hokies 14-7, but what a difference the second half would make.
With a drive that took out 13 minutes of the third quarter, Taylor would re-energize his offense, breaking a huge 73 yard run into Cavalier territory. Tight-end Greg Boone, as a direct snap rusher, would break across the goal line for the score. Add the Keys PAT and the Hokies were all tied up with all of the fourth quarter left to play.
With the start of the fourth, the Hokies were saved on two crucial plays. The first was a Boykin third and 8 catch that was originally ruled incomplete only to be overturned on review. The catch would set up Keys to nail a 28 yard field goal, making the score 17-14.
The second came after Hall had driven the Cavaliers back in to the Hokie red zone, where regular quarterback Marc Verica was intercepted by VT backer Dorian Porch.
The Hokies would grind out another drive, eating up most of the fourth quarter clock with it. They would then stifle the Cavs in their own territory, forcing them to turn over the ball on downs. Sean Glennon, in his last game as a Hokie, then came in to kneel on the last two plays as time expired and  Lane Stadium erupted in jubilation.
This game saw exceptional play come from Taylor, who, though being doubted all year, proved himself to be a leader.
“I believe in Tyrod,” Beamer said. “He’s going to be real, real good.”
Taylor’s numbers backed up Beamer’s claim. Taylor had 137 yards through the air with 12 completions on 18 attempts. He also had 137 yards on the ground through 16 carries.

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Hokies squeak past Cavs 17-14

BLACKSBURG – Meeting for the 90th time since 1895, the Virginia Tech Hokies hosted the University of Virginia Cavaliers this Saturday, besting their brethren from Charlottesville 17-14 and successfully clinching a spot in Atlantic Coast Conference Championship game.
Though the Cavs got on the board early, the Hokies persevered, patching together two impressive second half drives that culminated in a Dustin Keys field goal to give the Hokies the two-point edge.
“I’m as proud as I can be of this football team,” Hokie head coach Frank Beamer stated. “[The win] is as special as it gets … the coaches and players all deserve credit,” he added.
This win is especially notable, given the somewhat surprising appearance of standout Cavalier corner back Vic Hall, who took most of the game’s snaps at quarterback for Virginia. Hall was indeed prolific, accounting for all of the 14 points UVa amassed with both scores coming on breakaway keepers.  
The game was neck and neck for most of the contest, with Hall’s first score being answered by Hokie quarterback Tyrod Taylor who first connected to Jarrett Boykin inside the UVa end zone to tie the game at 7-7.
Hall, with the help of senior back Cedric Peerman, would drive right back into Hokie territory, breaking a 16 yard run for another score. Going into the locker room the Cavaliers were on top of the Hokies 14-7, but what a difference the second half would make.
With a drive that took out 13 minutes of the third quarter, Taylor would re-energize his offense, breaking a huge 73 yard run into Cavalier territory. Tight-end Greg Boone, as a direct snap rusher, would break across the goal line for the score. Add the Keys PAT and the Hokies were all tied up with all of the fourth quarter left to play.
With the start of the fourth, the Hokies were saved on two crucial plays. The first was a Boykin third and 8 catch that was originally ruled incomplete only to be overturned on review. The catch would set up Keys to nail a 28 yard field goal, making the score 17-14.
The second came after Hall had driven the Cavaliers back in to the Hokie red zone, where regular quarterback Marc Verica was intercepted by VT backer Dorian Porch.
The Hokies would grind out another drive, eating up most of the fourth quarter clock with it. They would then stifle the Cavs in their own territory, forcing them to turn over the ball on downs. Sean Glennon, in his last game as a Hokie, then came in to kneel on the last two plays as time expired and  Lane Stadium erupted in jubilation.
This game saw exceptional play come from Taylor, who, though being doubted all year, proved himself to be a leader.
“I believe in Tyrod,” Beamer said. “He’s going to be real, real good.”
Taylor’s numbers backed up Beamer’s claim. Taylor had 137 yards through the air with 12 completions on 18 attempts. He also had 137 yards on the ground through 16 carries.

1-7.
Callahan

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