Perkins led Cavaliers over Hokies to end 15-year drought

  • Perkins led Cavaliers over Hokies to end 15-year drought

Perkins led Cavaliers over Hokies to end 15-year drought

Virginia will be home again on Friday with the Coastal Division title on the line. A fumble recovery in the end zone by Virginia finished the job giving them a 39-30 win, and their first win over Virginia Tech since 2003.

Virginia seemed to be in control in the first half, bolting to a 13-3 lead on a pair of long touchdown runs by Bryce Perkins, but the Hokies closed to 13-6 at the half on a short Brian Johnson field goal.

"I was the last play that ultimately ended up losing us the game".

"How fitting after a missed extra point early and I thought that was going to haunt us", he said.

Noah Taylor intercepted a Hendon Hooker pass to snuff out Tech's next drive, and Virginia turned that turnover into points, on the long field goal by Delaney.

Now, the model has set its sights on Virginia Tech vs. Virginia. Perkins hit Tavares Kelly for nine yards before Delaney's kick.

The Hokies' next possession was a mess. The Hokies had a new series of takedowns from the Virginia 7-yard line, but were unsuccessful in three consecutive attempts. Hooker was unable to mount a late rally, eventually getting sacked and fumbling in his own end zone which was recovered by former Patrick Henry standout Eli Hanback to seal the victory.

"We got in a situation there at the end of the game where everybody knows we're throwing the ball".

"For a while there, it looked like nobody was going to score". Perkins, who represented all but five of those yards, converted a pair of third parties and scored in delayed draws before scoring in a 39-yard touchdown run.

The Hokies have also won the last 15 in the series, including a heartbreaker for the Cavaliers a year ago in Blacksburg, so their surge this season is attention-getting.

Dubois had 139 yards on four catches for Virginia, which outgained the Hokies 492-483.

Hooker and Turner connected for a 61-yard touchdown to put Tech back in 27-20 with 48 seconds remaining in the third quarter. No, but the play was a big one because it reversed the field position.

Later in the fourth, Perkins had a 67-yard touchdown run.

Tech opened the second half with a quick score of 5 plays and 75 yards.

Perkins marched with confidence to Virginia through the field in an opening course of 8 plays and 75 yards. The Hokies could have pinned Virginia deep with a punt.

Perkins also had 19 carries for 164 yards and two touchdowns.

"A.J. Mejia, our other kicker came over to me and told me, it's not ending like this", Delaney said.

Virginia is hoping the third time is the charm they face No. 23 Virginia Tech. With the win the 9-3 Cavaliers and head coach Bronco Mendenhall earned the right to play Clemson for the ACC championship in Charlotte next Saturday, after topping the Hokies for the Coastal Division crown.