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3 takeaways from clutch rivalry win over Virginia Tech

3 takeaways from clutch rivalry win over Virginia Tech”

Virginia is the seventh different Coastal division victor in as many years, while Clemson is looking for its fifth consecutive ACC championship.

Virginia kicked back-to-back field goals in the fourth quarter against the Hokies, and the second one was a 48-yarder that gave the Cavaliers a 33-30 lead with 1:23 left in the game.

"I was the last play that ultimately ended losing us the game", Perkins said. "I had to sit with that all year and it hurt, so this game I really wanted to go out there and be aggressive and just give everything I could for the team and not to let them down again", Perkins said. Following the touchdown, Delaney missed the extra point. Virginia's Bryce Perkins leads the ACC with 3,161 yards of total offense, but also was charged with the fumble that ended last year's game in overtime.

Quarterback Hendon Hooker's pass was intercepted by linebacker Noah Taylor. Virginia moved steadily downfield, not facing a third down play until it was third-and-15 from the Hokies' 40.

Perkins hit Billy Kemp IV for a 25-yard touchdown reception.

The history of the series made the crowd cautiously optimistic - like Perkins - until on the Hokies' ensuing possession. Hooker was sacked on three consecutive downs.

"We got in a situation there at the end of the game where everybody knows we're throwing the ball". While Perkins is more unsafe when he tucks the ball to run, Hooker has also had success running and similar success would free things up for their other offensive weapons.

In an all-too-familiar battle, there is always much more on the line when the Cavaliers suit up to take on the Hokies than a simple win or loss.

"I think Virginia Tech's brand has become stronger this year as they played, and their identity has become clearer of how their offense, defense and special teams fit together", said Virginia coach Bronco Mendenhall, who has identified beating Virginia Tech as a top priority since his arrival four years ago. Tre Turner had seven receptions for 134 yards and a touchdown.

Robinson's return of 35 yards at the end of the second quarter established a 26-yard field goal by Brian Johnson. Later in the first, Perkins added another rushing touchdown, this time from 67 yards, and the Hokies looked like they were in big trouble. He had 137 rushing yards in the opening quarter.

In 2007, Virginia Tech won 33-21 in a season where both teams were nationally ranked - the No. 8 Hokies beat No. 16 Virginia. Hooker is not only unbeaten as a starter, but he's thrown for 10 touchdowns without an interception. The Hokies could have pinned Virginia deep with a punt.

Brian Delaney also made two field goals. "You're writing your own story", Delaney said.

But it didn't look as promising in the second half.



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