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charlottesville, virginia. — JC Price has made no secret of his emotions or his love for Virginia Tech since he was tapped to replace Justin Fuente as interim Hokies coach early last week.
The former Hokies player was able to unleash them on Saturday night, celebrating on the field with the Hokies, his fans and his family after a 29-24 victory in Virginia.
“I’m so happy for these kids,” he said. “Yeah, somebody pinch me. I’m so happy, I don’t know whether to laugh, cry. It’s going to be a fun bus ride home.”
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braxton burmeister threw for a touchdown, caught one pass for another and virginia tech rushed for 320 yards and handed virginia its fourth straight loss, 29-24.
burmeister, who rushed for 115 yards, hit tayvion robinson for a 61-yard touchdown and caught robinson’s 3-yard pass on a double backhand as the hokies (6-6, 4-4 atlantic coast conference ) won for the seventeenth time in the last 18 meetings. they also achieved bowl eligibility for the 28th time in 29 years.
“I told you this week that there was no moral victory. We’re either going to win or we’re going to lose, and the kids found a way to win,” Price said.
virginia (6-6, 4-4), limited to three points in the second half, led the virginia tech 9 after recovering a fumble with just over 3 minutes left, but brennan armstrong’s pass to ra’shaun henry in the end zone in the fourth and 13 of 14 with 35 seconds left fell incomplete, capping off a wild final few minutes.
“A lot of times that’s what happens in a close game or a rivalry game, and the team that makes the plays is the winner,” Virginia coach Bronco Mendenhall said.
When he finished, Hokies fans stormed the field and surrounded his team.
raheem blackshear led the hokies rushing game with 169 yards on 18 carries, including a 50-yarder, and burmeister had his on just 12, including a 71-yard rush. the hokies had three plays that covered at least 50 yards.
Interestingly, in a game in which both teams approached 500 yards of offense, Burmeister was stopped at the 3-yard line on his long run and the Hokies failed to score, the backup quarterback’s fourth-down pass connor blumrick was left incomplete.
armstrong had a good first half, throwing for a touchdown and rushing for two more, but the hokies defense limited virginia to 172 yards after allowing 302 before halftime. Virginia Tech also recovered a fumble deep in her own territory and converted it into a field goal that tied the game at 24 with 9:31 remaining.
“Our kids tightened their chin straps,” Price said, insisting the Hokies’ approach was no different after halftime than it had been before. “The kids just played a little harder.”
the end was in the air until the final minute when armstrong’s pass fell incomplete. Previously fumbled in a fourth down scramble, the ball rolled into Virginia’s end zone where offensive lineman Bobby Haskins recovered, giving the Hokies a safety and the ball. Three plays later, Hokies quarterback Connor Blumrick was stripped by Nick Grant and Olasunkonmi Agunloye recovered for Virginia at the Cavaliers 36-yard line, setting up the final unsuccessful drive.
burmeister was 6 of 14 for 141 yards. armstrong was 30 of 46 for 400 yards, but completed only four of his last 12 attempts.
the cavaliers had four possessions in the first half and three ended in touchdowns. The only one not to finish in Hokies’ 38 was Tae Daley’s interception. that led to an 18-yard touchdown run by blackshear that tied the game at 14.
the past two weeks have seen virginia lose 48-38 in pittsburgh, ending their chances of winning the coastal division and then losing to the hokies. again.
“It tastes bitter,” Armstrong said. “This was important to us.”
food to go
Virginia Tech: The Hokies’ much-maligned defense bailed them out thanks to Tae Daley’s interception of a terrifying rare pitch from Armstrong with Virginia driving for a two-touchdown lead in the second quarter and toughening up in the second half. But two defenders shied away from facing Jelani Woods on a catch and touchdown run, and two more were hit by Armstrong on his second scoring run.
virginia: armstrong’s efficiency and the cavaliers’ offense have allowed them to get away with a highly suspect defense all season, and ill-timed penalties have also done a lot of damage. After West Weeks sacked Burmeister for minus 14 yards, setting up a fourth and 22 for the Hokies from his 13, Weeks ran into punter Peter Moore on the next play, giving the Hokies a first down on a drive. that ended up in a field. goal in the last play of the first half. Mendenhall said the instructions on the play were to try to block to punt, but not hit the kicker.
hokies wide receiver tre turner didn’t play for most of the night, still dealing with a breathing issue, but he dressed and sent virginia’s onside kick after safety. “He came to us and wanted to be out there,” Price said.
both teams will wait for bowl invites.