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Virginia Tech Wins 15th Straight over Virginia 34-31 in Overtime

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Virginia Tech beat Virginia 34-31 in overtime Friday extending its winning streak over the Cavaliers to 15 games.

The Hokies got a 42-yard field goal from Brian Johnson in overtime... then forced a fumble on an exchange from Bryce Perkins to Jordan Ellis ending the game.

Perkins did not talk to the media after the game.   

"It wasn't his fault," says UVA senior running back Jordan Ellis.  "I mean we had plenty of more chances to win the game and that one play doesn't define the whole game and it doesn't define the whole story of the game so I just told him to keep his head up," 

This was the 100th meeting between UVA and VT and it was the first time the two teams had to go to overtime to decide the outcome.

"I measure our program every game. I'm not sure how much closer the gap can get," says UVA head coach Bronco Mendenhall.  "I'm not only talking this game. I'm talking about in the ACC Coastal and we're making significant progress. I think anybody can see it," 

Virginia had three turnovers, all fumbles.   Virginia Tech had two turnovers, both interceptions.

Virginia Tech trailed by seven with 2:41 to go in regulation when Virginia kicker Brian Delaney hit a 28-yard field goal to put Virginia up 31-24.

The Hokies tied the game at 31 with 1:51 left when VT running back Steven Peoples fumbled the ball into the end zone and it was recovered by teammate Hezekiah Grimsley for a touchdown.

"We didn't execute well enough in the first half," says UVa receiver Olamide Zaccheaus.   "That's what the biggest difference is as far as offensively that's the biggest difference. That's the biggest thing. Just not executing enough in the first half and then we had to score 31 points in the second, so if we start faster it's not even close," 

Virginia fought back from a 14-nothing halftime deficit and down ten early in the fourth quarter.

Joe Reed had two third quarter touchdowns.   He finished with 119 yards receiving.

Bryce Perkins ran for 112 yards and threw for 259 yards and three touchdowns.

Virginia falls to 7-5 on the season.   Virginia Tech improves to 5-6 and will play Marshall next week with a chance to keep its 25-year bowl game streak in tact.

"Losing to Tech honestly hurts the most, so I mean it's just a heart breaking loss, so we just have to battle back," says Dubois