Hokies Need to Win Military Bowl to Avoid Losing Season

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Ricky Walker holding the Commonwealth Cup Ricky Walker holding the Commonwealth Cup

They had to go all the way to the final game of the season to clinch, but the Virginia Tech football team is headed to a bowl game for the 26th year in a row.

The Hokies will take on Cincinnati in the Military Bowl on New Year's Eve.

The teams are meeting for the 12th time

Virginia Tech has won six of those games, including a 20-7 victory in the 2009 Orange Bowl.

Tech's bowl streak is the third longest in NCAA history, and its the longest active streak in the nation.

But there is another streak attached to that: a winning streak.

The Hokies have finished with a winning record in twenty-five consecutive seasons.

With a record of 6-6 this year, Virginia Tech needs to beat the Bearcats in the Military Bowl, or they'll suffer their first losing season since 1992.

Senior defensive lineman Vinny Mihota says, "For Virginia Tech, it's not part of what we do.  We didn't just have a 25 year bowl streak.  We had a 25 year winning streak.  It's kind of one and the same, and what we expect to do every year."

"We had a long year," adds senior defensive lineman Ricky Walker.  "From injuries, to anything.  Anything you want to name it, pretty much Virginia Tech happened.  Finishing off this season 7-6, I would say definitely would be a season I won't forget."

Virginia Tech and Cincinnati kickoff  in the Military Bowl in Annapolis on December 31st at noon.