The Virginia Tech Hokies entered the game on a four-game losing streak. The Virginia Cavaliers entered on a four-game winning streak. However, on Saturday night in Blacksburg, the Hokies came to play, defeating the Cavaliers, 33-15, and bringing the Commonwealth Cup back to Blacksburg.
Braxton Burmeister got the start for the Hokies at quarterback and was exceptional. Burmeister completed 15 of 22 passes for 212 yards and a touchdown. Burmeister also rushed for 36 in VT’s decisive win.
The Hokies scored first when Brian Johnson connected on a 47-yard field goal. Virginia marched down the field on its first possession and scored to take a 7-3 lead. It looked like it was going to be another long night for Virginia Tech’s defense.
Justin Hamilton’s group was outstanding. The Hokies were hitting hard on defense, the defensive line mauled UVa quarterback Brennan Armstrong throughout the second half, and the secondary played one of its better games of the season.
Khalil Herbert had another big game, rushing for 162 yards and one touchdown.
Tayvion Robinson had five receptions for 98 yards, including an impressive 60-yard catch-and-run late in the first half. James Mitchell also chipped in with 68 receiving yards.
Amare Barno, Divine Deablo, Dorian Strong, and Norrell Pollard were just some of the Virginia Tech defenders who had big games on Saturday.
Congratulations to head coach Justin Fuente and the Hokies on an impressive victory to cap off one of the most disappointing seasons in recent school history.