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Final Grades: UVA Win

A few streaks are still alive for Virginia Tech, after finding some luck in getting its ninth straight win over Virginia, 17-14, and getting back to a bowl game for the 20th straight season. Having seen replays and thought it over, here's publisher Jason Stamm's exam of the Hokies' win:
It's a good thing junior quarterback
The combination of freshman
A few missed catches and no big plays at all from this group. Yes, there were only 129 yards to be had overall, but it's never good when your leading receiver has just 33 yards. And that was a tie between redshirt freshman
Yes, Thomas was sacked three times, but it's tough when your quarterback takes off 29 times for rushes. Still, helping to get 174 yards is a plus. And it was tough to keep Virginia's
In what was a defensive game, the D-line turned in a performance that saw the 'Hoos gain just 30 yards rushing. Sophomore
Talk about an inspired performance. In his final game in Lane Stadium, senior linebacker
Like Virginia Tech, Virginia struggled through the air and much of that has to go to the Hokies' secondary. Junior cornerback
Yes, junior kicker
It's still a bit puzzling why Scales doesn't get more carries. He's not putting up blazing numbers, but he's been pretty dependable. In this game too, the coaching woes went to Virginia's
Another official sellout at 65,632, but there were a number of empty seats along the top of the east stands and south end zone. Not too many, though, as those who were on hand were loud and made themselves known. Certainly miserable conditions to sit through with wind chill that had to be in the teens, temperature-wise, but those who stayed saw another game-winner. Very receptive crowd that cheered the seniors in pre-game ceremonies and definitely didn't make it easy on rival Virginia. The biggest part in the grade though is that despite the conditions, the crowd was alive and well.