CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- Trey Edmunds took a short pass 26 yards for a first-half touchdown and Eric Kristensen kicked three field goals as Virginia Tech beat Virginia for the 10th consecutive time and the 14th time in 15 games, 16-6, on Saturday night.
The bright spot for most of the day was Edmunds, who “was having his best game since he came to Virginia Tech,” according to Beamer. He finished with 93 rushing yards. Demitri Knowles made four catches for 101 yards.
But Edmunds went down on the first play of the fourth quarter with a right leg injury and limped off the field. Virginia Tech revealed after the game that the redshirt freshman suffered a broken tibia and will be out at least four to five months. Suffice it to say, he won’t play in the Hokies’ bowl game.
Virginia Tech gained 364 total yards Saturday against Virginia, but the Hokies were forced to settle for field goals despite moving the ball inside the Cavaliers’ 25-yard line on three of their first possessions. Virginia Tech was then held without a point in the second half, and went 4 of 14 on third-down conversions.
The Cavaliers (2-10, 0-8 ACC) lost for the 18th time in their last 22 games overall dating to last season, and used the same recipe that has plagued them throughout. Virginia’s defense, which sacked Logan Thomas five times — defensive end Eli Harold had three by himself — created 21 turnovers this year. The Cavaliers scored just 13 points off of them.
Virginia Tech Coach Frank Beamer claimed he wasn’t aware the Hokies (8-4, 5-3) wouldn’t be going to the ACC championship game until he walked into the visiting locker room at Scott Stadium and asked someone about the result of Saturday’s Duke-North Carolina game.
But most of his players knew the Blue Devils had escaped with a 27-25 victory — and won the ACC’s Coastal Division — about 20 minutes before kickoff against Virginia. It means Virginia Tech’s next game will be its bowl game, although exactly where the Hokies are headed remains to be seen.
Depending on whether No. 2 Florida State plays in the Bowl Championship Series title game and if Clemson earns an at-large berth to a BCS Bowl, the Hokies could very well be in contention for five bowl games: The Chick-fil-A Bowl (Atlanta), the Russell Athletic Bowl (Orlando), the Sun Bowl (El Paso), the Belk Bowl (Charlotte) and the Music City Bowl (Nashville).
Things to consider in the coming days: If Clemson doesn’t earn a BCS bid, would the Chick-fil-A Bowl want the Tigers in Atlanta a second year in a row? Would the Russell Athletic Bowl bring the Hokies back to Orlando? How intriguing are Miami and Duke, teams that have nice back stories but questionable fan support, to prospective bowl games?
If this beat writer had to guess, though, there’s a decent chance Virginia Tech returns to the Sun Bowl for the first time since 1947.
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