Blacksburg, Va. (AP) — Cody Journell kicked a 29-yard field goal with 4 seconds to play, and Virginia Tech beat Virginia 17-14 Saturday to qualify for a bowl game and win its ninth straight from its in-state rival.
Antone Exum set up the winning drive when he intercepted Michael Rocco at the Cavaliers' 36 with 3:21 remaining.
Exum brought it back to the 24, and Virginia (4-8, 2-6) inexplicably held on to two timeouts as the Hokies ran the clock down. The Cavaliers used both timeouts to try to freeze Journell, but his kick sailed through.
Logan Thomas ran for one touchdown and threw for another for the Hokies (6-6, 4-4 Atlantic Coast Conference), who have also won 13 of the last 14 in taking command of a once-close rivalry.
Virginia led 14-7 after its first defensive touchdown of the season on a 16-yard fumble return by Brent Urban early in the third quarter, but then came up short on a fake field goal try that could have given them a 17-7 advantage later in the period. It proved to be their last real scoring opportunity.