Virginia Tech Postgame Notes
The Hokies wore the all-white uniform combination for the second time this year. Tech wore the combo in a 41-23 win at Clemson on Oct. 6.
Tech scored a touchdown on its opening drive for just the third time in 12 games this season. The other times were against North Carolina, a 17-10 win on Sept. 29, and against Miami on Nov. 17, a 44-14 victory.
True freshman quarterback Tyrod Taylor has now accounted for a touchdown in eight of the nine games he’s played in this year.
Jud Dunlevy kicked four field goals, giving him 21 on the year. The school record for field goals in a season is 22, by Chris Kinzer (1986) and Shayne Graham (1998). He has now kicked six field goals in the last two games.
Receiver Eddie Royal attempted his fifth career pass in the second quarter, throwing his second interception. He is now 1-for-5 for his career for 53 yards and a touchdown. He is the fourth different Tech player to throw an interception this year (Glennon, Taylor and Holt).
When Virginia took a 14-13 lead in the second quarter, it marked the first time the Hokies have trailed to the Cavaliers since the third quarter of the 2004 game at Blacksburg. Virginia scored a touchdown in the third quarter to take a 7-0 lead, but the Hokies came back to win 24-10.
The 14 first-half points allowed by the Tech defense were the most allowed in the first half since allowing 24 at No. 2 LSU on Sept. 8 at Baton Rouge.
Brandon Flowers intercepted his fifth pass of the season and the 10th of his career, moving him into a tie for 11th place all-time at Tech. It was the 19th pass intercepted by the Hokies this year and the national-leading 155th since the start of the 2000 season.
Eddie Royal caught his third touchdown of the season, and the 11th of his career, just before halftime. His six receptions give him 114 for his career and move him past Ricky Scales and into third place on Tech’s career receptions list. His 147 yards receiving shattered his career high for receiving yards in a game, which was 102 against Georgia Tech in 2006.
True freshman Davon Morgan blocked his first collegiate punt in the third quarter. It was the second blocked punt of the year for the Hokies and the 59th under head coach Frank Beamer. It is the 115th blocked kick under Beamer in 252 games.
Branden Ore rushed for 147 yards on 31 carries, topping the 100-yard mark for the first time this season
Tech (10-2) reaches the 10-win mark for the fourth straight year, a first in school history. The win gives the senior class 41 wins, making it the winningest class in school history.
The Hokies will face Boston College (10-2) on Saturday, Dec. 1 in the Dr. Pepper ACC Championship game at Jacksonville Municipal Stadium. Game time is set for 1 p.m. The Eagles beat the Hokies 14-10 earlier this year in Blacksburg.