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SAMPLE RECAP - Hokies strike repeatedly and beat Virginia for 18th time in 19 meetings

Tech claims bowl eligibility with 55-17 win over Cavaliers

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) – Kyron Drones threw three touchdown passes, Bhayshul Tuten scored on a 32-yard run and a 94-yard kickoff return and Virginia Tech beat Virginia for the 18th time in the last 19 meetings, 55-17, on Saturday to achieve bowl eligibility. Hokie Nation can celebrate the dominant win with an exclusive Tech Triumph win shirt.

The win gives the Hokies one point in the Commonwealth Clash, presented by Smithfield. The score for the Commonwealth Clash currently is 5-1 in favor of Virginia. For more information, visit hokiesports.com/clash.

Drones threw touchdown passes of 44, 84 and 34 yards and the Hokies (6-6, 5-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) also scored on two long runs. They had a 294-60 yardage edge at halftime and boosted their total to 378 on Drones' 84-yard pass to Da'Quan Felton on their first play from scrimmage after halftime to go ahead 31-0.

Virtually nothing went right for the Cavaliers (3-9, 2-6), who were facing their top rival for the first time in two seasons because last year's game was canceled after the fatal shootings of three Virginia players with two weeks left in the season.

When they finally scored on a field goal midway through the third quarter, Tuten took the ensuing kickoff up the Virginia sideline and raised his left arm in triumph and cruised in with no defenders even close.

 

This was a total team performance. I couldn't be more proud of the way we played today.

John SmithHead Coach

Later, Virginia muffed a punt and the Hokies recovered, leading to Drones' 34-yard scoring pass to Da'Quan Felton, their second scoring connection of the game. The Hokies' point total was the highest for either team in the 104-year history of the series.

Virginia freshman Anthony Colandrea was sacked five times and got no support from a running game that finished with 43 yards. He did hit Malachi Fields with a pair of second-half touchdown passes.

Drones finished 10 for 22 for 244 yards, while Tuten gained 117 yards on 16 carries and Felton caught three passes for 133 yards. The Hokies outgained Virginia 500-286.

The lone bright spot for the Cavaliers was Malik Washington, whose 14 catches for 115 yards allowed him to set an ACC single-season record of 110 catches, breaking the mark of 108 Duke's Jamison Crowder set in 2013 in two more games.

THE TAKEAWAY

Virginia Tech: The Hokies used Drones' power running ability at 234 pounds very effectively, especially on a fourth-and-2 play from the Cavaliers' 44. He rolled right, drawing at least three defenders as receiver Stephen Gosnell slipped behind the distracted secondary and caught a walk-it-in 44-yard scoring pass to make it 10-0.

Virginia: The Cavaliers had won three of their last six, but looked overmatched from the start. They didn't get a first down until their fifth series when they got two on consecutive roughing the passer penalties. Shortly thereafter, they trailed 24-0.

UP NEXT

The Hokies, whose fans travel well, will await their bowl destination.

Top Performances

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Kyron Drones

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