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Taylor, Hokies Handle Hoos

by Ashleigh Lanza
November 28, 2010

Virginia Tech (10-2, 8-0 ACC) completed its last regular season game Saturday afternoon with a win over in-state rival University of Virginia (4-8, 1-7 ACC) 37-7 at Lane Stadium.

This marks the first time in 11 years that an ACC team has gone undefeated in the ACC portion of their schedule.

"It was another good team win," said head coach Frank Beamer. "I'm proud of these guys. Where we started and finished now is remarkable."

With this seventh consecutive win over UVA and 239th career win for Beamer, he passed Woody Hayes for ninth place on college football's all-time win list.

The first quarter did not start up well for the Hokies, who had only nine offensive plays for 15 yards.

However, they held UVA to no points in the first drive, something that has not happened in the last four games that Virginia Tech has played and the fifth time in 12 games this season.

On UVA's first drive, Junior Chris Hinkebein missed a 46 yard field goal attempt, which kept the game scoreless for the first 15 minutes.

"Execution. Everyone didn't do their assignments on their third and shorts," said senior quarterback Tyrod Taylor on what was missing for Virginia Tech in the first quarter. "I think that's what killed us."

The second quarter brought momentum from the Hokie sideline when junior Eddie Whitley had an interception in the first ten seconds, making way for a 19 yard return that brought the Hokies to the Wahoos' five yard line, where redshirt sophomore Ryan Williams ran the ball for a five yard touchdown.

This gave the Hokies the lead at 7-0.

Two minutes later, after a failed fake punt attempt for UVA to get a first down, the ball was turned over on UVA's 46.

Sophomore David Wilson had a 20 yard pass from Taylor four plays later to up Virginia Tech 14-0, which was also Taylor's 40th-career touchdown pass.

David Wilson had 84 rushing yards and 3 catches for 65 passing yards on the night. The end of the second quarter brought redshirt senior Chris Hazley his 19th straight field goal in a row, which extended Virginia Tech's school record for consecutive field goals made in one season.

"Nothing is going to be given to us we have to go take it, and that is our mentality," said Taylor.

Taylor went 13-23 and passed for 176 yards with his 33rd career victory, breaking the Virginia Tech's record for all-time leader in passing yards, formerly held by Bryan Randall, in the 2nd half of the game. He also rushed for 30 yards.

The Hokies gained even more momentum with the beginning of the third quarter when they sacked UVA quarterback Marc Verica to set up for a 33 yard punt to the VT 47.

Taylor then threw two passes for 35 yards to junior Jarrett Boykin and a four yard run from Williams before Williams ran the ball for 15 more yards for the touchdown, bringing the score to 24 -0.

Williams compiled 32 rushing yards by the end of the game, and Boykin had 6 catches for 72 yards.

Boykin is now the fifth all-time in career receptions at Virginia Tech, and is only 12 away from the school record set by Ernest Wilford.

Seven minutes, 11 plays, and 88 yards (57 of which were by redshirt junior Darren Evans) later, Evans rushed up the middle for six yards, increasing the score to 31-0. Evans ended the night with 71 rushing yards.

"I had the chance to realize that no matter what game it is, you have to take advantage of it, because I've been on the other side," said Evans, who missed last season due to a torn left ACL.

UVA did not give up though, finally putting numbers on the scoreboard when redshirt freshman quarterback Ross Metheny passed to senior Keith Payne for 11 yards, bringing the final score to 37-7.

Payne ended the night with three catches for 48 yards and eight rushing yards.

With ten and a half minutes left in Taylor's last game at Lane Stadium, he was brought to the sideline as true freshman Logan Thomas stepped onto the field. Taylor was welcomed with loud cheering and a standing ovation from many Hokies.

"That's the last thing I can remember: that's the last time I hear that loud noise that our fans create," said Taylor on his last game at Lane.

Virginia Tech had an overall total of 201 rushing yards and 182 passing yards, while UVA had 70 rushing yards and 221 passing yards.

The Hokies will play next Saturday at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C. for the ACC championship game.

Virginia Tech will face Florida State (9-3), who won the ACC Atlantic Division when Maryland defeated NC State 38-31 earlier this Saturday.