'Hoos Hoping to End Long Losing Streak Against Hokies
Brent Urban scored a defensive touchdown against the Hokies last season
The Virginia and Virginia Tech football teams will battle for the Commonwealth Cup Saturday at Scott Stadium.
The match against the Hokies will be the final game of the season for the Cavaliers.
Virginia is just 2-9 this year.
It's been over thirty years since the Cavaliers finished a season with just two wins.
The Wahoos will be fighting history this weekend, as Virginia Tech has won nine-straight games in the rivalry, and thirteen of the last fourteen.
UVa senior offensive lineman Morgan Moses says, "I've lost to them by a lot of points, and I've lost to them by a little amount of points. A loss is a loss. I can't say anything about it. I can't say, well, if we would have did this, we would have won that game. You look at it at the end of the day, no matter what the score is, an L is an L."
Senior defensive end Jake Snyder adds, "It's all I've thought about for a long time. Five years here now. It's a big thing. It's always been in the back of my mind. I know my teammates feel the same way. It's something we think about all year long. We haven't had a win here in a long time. That's another motivating factor, on top of just wanting to get a win."
The Wahoos came close to picking up their first victory against the Hokies since 2003 last season.
Jake Snyder knocked the ball loose from Logan Thomas, and Brent Urban scooped up the fumble for a 16-yard touchdown to give Virginia a 14-7 second half lead.
The Hokies would score the games final 10-points for the come-from-behind win, but Urban says that play gave him a lot of momentum heading into his senior season.
"It was pretty good," says Urban. "The score was really close, and I was really excited to put some points on the board. It was a big confidence boost for me, kind of carried over through the offseason, and showed me I can be a difference-maker on defense."
Snyder says, "Him getting a defensive touchdown definitely gave him some bragging rights. Later on in the offseason, whenever we were talking about the season, or a certain game, he would say, 'Yeah, well I had a touchdown.' So, there's that."
Head coach Mike London adds, "We've had a ton of NFL scouts come in and out of here and say he's really on their radar, and has a chance to have a productive NFL career."
Virginia Tech is 7-4 on the season, and 4-3 in the ACC, but the Hokies still have a chance to represent the Coastal Division in the conference championship game.
Tech needs to beat Virginia, and have Duke lose at North Carolina.
The odds are in their favor, as the Hokies are 13-1 over the last fourteen games against UVa, while the Tar Heels have beaten the Blue Devils in 21 of their last 23 meetings.
Virginia Tech head coach Frank Beamer says Saturday's game is important for more than just the Coastal Division.
"When you take two teams from the same state, recruiting a lot of the same kids, that game's got to be important," says Beamer.
Senior linebacker Jack Tyler says, "They do well recruiting there. They walk around with a swagger that they are the best team in Virginia. We strongly disagree about that. There is a reason the Commonwealth Cup has been in our locker room for so long, and we're going to make sure that doesn't change."
UVa will be without junior safety Anthony Harris for the first half of Saturday's game with Virginia Tech, and quarterback Logan Thomas says they'll try to take advantage.
"It's definitely something that we can do," says Thomas. "Haven't seen too much of the backup. Harris was leading the nation in picks. So we definitely have to pick and choose our spots when we get them. Them having him out is definitely a big loss for their secondary for the first half."
Senior offensive lineman Andrew Miller adds, "The most important game of the year for us is obviously UVa. There's some tension between us. This is going to mean a lot to all of us seniors to go out with a win. It's been nine years in a row, and I think we're going to make it ten, for sure."
The Hoos and Hokies kick off Saturday at 3:30 at Scott Stadium.
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