CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - The Commonwealth Cup’s stay in Charlottesville only lasted one year, as the Virginia football team fell 33-15 against Virginia Tech on Saturday night in Blacksburg.
UVA had snapped a fifteen-year losing streak against its in-state rivals in 2019, but the Wahoos were unable to make it two in a row.
Virginia has not won a game at Lane Stadium since 1998.
UVA head coach Bronco Mendenhall says, “It’s immediate motivation to get it right the next time. It’s our goal and desire to win the state, every single year. Not every other year, or less frequently than that. It doesn’t happen unless it’s intentional. It doesn’t happen if it’s just a regular game. So, yeah we’re motivated already to get back to work.”
Senior wide receiver Terrell Jana says, “Obviously, we lost the game, so everyone’s pretty mad and upset. I think, again, it’s a good lesson, you know, sometimes you need a lesson like this to remind us, because we’ve been programmed to go up, up and up. So it’s a good reminder. Just a good humbling, and hopefully we use it moving forward.”
The Cavaliers held a 7-3 lead in the first quarter, as Brennan Armstrong connected with Keytaon Thompson for an 11-yard touchdown on their first possession of the game.
The Hokies blew the game open in the 2nd quarter, outscoring UVA 24-0, including two long touchdowns in the final 4:26 of the half.
Khalil Herbert scored on a 76 yard run to make it 20-7, and Tayvion Robinson added a 60-yard TD reception to push the advantage to 27-7 at halftime.
“We gave up to giant plays on defense, and we were inconsistent on offense,” says Mendenhall. “So it was just a matter of executing our way back into the game.”
Virginia scored the only touchdown of the second half, as Tony Poljan found the endzone on a 23-yard pass, but they were unable to come all the way back.
Brian Johnson kicked four field goals for the Hokies (46, 47, 47, and 30 yards).
Virginia Tech had 252 yards rushing, compared to just 55 for UVA.
Brennan Armstrong completed 25-of-46 passes for 259 yards, with two TD’s and two interceptions.
The sophomore was held to 23 yards rushing on 15 carries, and UVA’s 322 yards of total offense was its lowest output of the season
Senior running back Khalil Herbert had 162 yards and a touchdown for the Hokies.
Virginia Tech finishes the regular season with a record of 5-6 overall, and 5-5 in conference play.
Virginia is 5-5, and 4-5 against ACC opponents.
Both teams may have to make a decision on whether or not to play in a bowl game this year.
UVA senior wide receiver Terrell Jana says, “I think, my teammates voted me as captain, they put their trust in me. So for me it’s, whatever they want to do, is what I want to do. I don’t want to force guys that don’t want to play football into a game. And also, I don’t want to take that opportunity away from them. I know this would be one of the few teams that goes to four bowl games in a row, and then I don’t think any team has ever gone five in a row. So I don’t want to take the opportunity away from the guys below us, but at the same time, I just want to hear them out, hear what they want to say, and as a team we will come together and make a decision.”
Virginia Tech is 16-1 against Virginia since joining the ACC in 2004.