Thanks to an enormous effort from Ryan Williams, Virginia Tech won its sixth straight contest with Virginia 42-13.
Williams carried the ball 23 times for 182 yards and four touchdowns.
Prospects didn’t look so bright in the first half. The Hokies’ defense permitted Jameel Sewell to run for 99 yards and a touchdown by the break. Tech led 14-13 at halftime.
That’s when Williams took over. The redshirt freshman ran for 123 yards in the first 20 minutes of the second half, and two scores.
With six minutes remaining in the third quarter, the Hokies still held on to just a one-point lead. Tyrod Taylor had just been intercepted in the end zone for a touchback, when the Tech defense came up with its biggest play of the night, recovering a fumble on the next play to set up another Williams score.
The Hokies scored two more touchdowns in the next five and a half minutes to expand the lead to 35-13, proving to be insurmountable for the Cavaliers.
The loss probably marks the end of the Al Groh era at Virginia. After nine seasons at the school, Groh is likely to be fired in the coming days following the team’s worst record in 26 years.
With the win, Virginia Tech is now one win shy of its sixth straight 10-win season. Interestingly enough, all six of those seasons coincide with Tech’s membership in the ACC.
Check back later for final thoughts on the game.