Different Year, Same Result For Virginia Tech vs. UVA

J.C. Price got a Gatorade back after Virginia Tech’s win over Virginia. (Ivan Morozov)

Virginia Tech went into Saturday’s game at UVA with an interim head coach at the helm, while the Hoos deployed the services of one of the best players in school history in Brennan Armstrong. The game was in Charlottesville, and you know those Virginia players were really excited to kick the Hokies while they were down.

53% of you picked UVA to win by double digits in our poll in Wednesday’s game preview, while another 14% had the Hoos by single digits. That’s two-thirds of the fanbase, and pretty much all of the national media, who thought Tech would get beaten on Saturday.

The results of Saturday’s game were surprising…unless of course you haven’t been watching this rivalry for the last two decades. That’s now five times that Virginia Tech has needed to beat UVA for bowl eligibility, and that’s five times that they’ve done it.  Somehow the Hokies always seem to find a way to get it done against that group.

Tech had a little bit of help. I thought Bronco Mendenhall’s decision to go after the blocked punt near the end of the first half was crazy. UVA would have gotten the ball back near midfield, and at that point the VT defense had shown no signs of being able to stop the Wahoo offense. They ended up roughing the punter, and the Hokies turned it into a field goal. That’s a possible 10-point swing in a game Tech ended up winning by five.