It was the Saturday after Thanksgiving, and all through the house everyone was sitting around on the couch. The leftovers were placed in the refrigerator with care, as people would be eating them later. On the television, the Hokies and Cavaliers were battling over the Commonwealth Cup. It is a great little story isn’t it? For the most part, it is true aside from the battling part.
Virginia Tech (9-3) came into this game in a vastly different place from Virginia (2-10). Under first year coach Justin Fuente, the Hokies are in the ACC Championship for the first time in five years. The Cavs are just trying to end the year on a good note. However, for the most part, the Hokies were having no part of this strategy. Virginia Tech may not have scored on its first two possessions of the game, however, the flood gates swung wide open after that in route to a 52-10 domination of UVA.
Everyone’s favorite Hokie Sam Rogers started off the scoring with an 8-yard plunge for a touchdown. Rogers playing in his final game at Lane Stadium had himself a serious game. He would finish with 105 yards on the ground and 29 yards receiving plus two rushing touchdowns as well. The day was emotional for him and you could see his emotion in his running as many times, he just refused to be taken to the ground. Rogers was just the tip of the ice berg offensively as the entire unit got into the act as the rout was on.
Jerod Evans was a record setter today. Not only did he pass Logan Thomas for total yardage in a season, but he passed Hokie great Tyrod Taylor for passing touchdowns in a season. Evans finished with 253 yards through the air and two passing touchdowns. He also rushed for 38 yards and a score which ended up being the dagger that broke UVA’s spirit. Evans played very efficiently in his two and a half quarters of play today. The score was such that Fuente was afforded the opportunity to play some of the reserves during the second half.
One of these reserves was senior Brenden Motley who saw his opportunity to start this season leave with the arrival of Evans. Motley has been a leader none the less, helping the team anyway he could. It had to be very gratifying for him to play well, and throw a touchdown pass in his final home game.
UVA never could get into rhythm offensively all game. The Cavaliers implemented a two-quarterback scheme for this game, but it didn’t work. Matt Johns started the game but only had 17 yards and threw two passes to the Hokie defense. Kurt Benkert really didn’t do much better as he only had 122 yards passing. UVA could not even capitalize on Hokie mistakes. In the third quarter, the Hokies fumbled the kickoff, setting the Cavaliers up with great field position. However, Connor Brewer fumbled the ball the plays later, and Andrew Motuapuaka scooped it up and scored to cement the rout. The one bright spot for the Cavs was the play of Taquan “Smoke” Mizzell who finished with 113 yards on the ground.
For the Hokies, this game was an opportunity to tune up for the ACC Championship next weekend against Clemson. The Hokies have a golden opportunity to get another signature win for this young coaching staff. For UVA, this disaster of a season ends much like it started with disappointment. The Cavaliers have a lot of work to do but for now, the Commonwealth Cup still resides in Blacksburg.
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