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Virginia Tech football: Hokies crush Virginia to retain Commonwealth Cup, become bowl-eligible

Hokies dominated from start to finish.

NCAA Football: Virginia Tech at Virginia Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

The Commonwealth Cup will remain in Blacksburg for another year. The Virginia Tech Hokies crushed the Virginia Cavaliers 55-17 on Saturday to improve to 6-6 (5-3, ACC) and become bowl-eligible.

The Hokies began the game with an excellent drive but it unfortunately ended with only a field goal as a questionable holding penalty stalled Tech’s momentum.

That would be about the only thing that went against the Hokies on Saturday.

After stopping Virginia for a three-and-out on its first drive, Virginia Tech quarterback Kyron Drones went to work. With the Hokies facing a fourth down at the UVA 44-yard line, head coach Brent Pry went for it. Drones rolled to his right and found a streaking Stephen Gosnell down the field for a 44-yard touchdown, and the Hokies were off to the races.

Tech’s defense was all over UVA quarterback Anthony Colandrea. The Wahoos could get nothing going on the ground, and Tech’s front four dominated Virginia’s offensive line throughout the game.

VT’s second touchdown came when sophomore wide receiver Tucker Holloway took a reverse 33 yards into the end zone. After yet another defensive stop, running back Bhayshul Tuten scored from 32 yards out.

That’s how things stood at halftime, with the Hokies leading 24-0. Virginia Tech had almost 300 yards of total offense, while the Cavaliers managed just 60 yards.

The third quarter was more of the same when Drones hit Quan Felton for an 84-yard touchdown. Virginia finally got into scoring position and opted to kick a field goal down 31-0. So, at 31-3, how would the Hokies respond?

Tuten would take the kickoff 94 yards for the touchdown, his second return score of the season, and it was 38-3.

Colandrea finally got something going in the passing game, finding Malachi Fields for a 38-yard score, and it was 38-10.

Drones found Felton for another touchdown, which UVA answered with another Colandrea to Fields connection. Virginia Tech went over the 50-point mark when Malachi Thomas ran in from seven yards out.

That made it 55-17, Hokies.

Drones passed for 244 yards and three touchdowns while also rushing for 50 yards. Tuten rushed for 117 yards and a touchdown, in addition to his kickoff return for a touchdown. Felton caught three passes for 133 yards, including two touchdowns. Sophomore tight end Dae’Quan Wright caught three passes for 64 yards. Jaylin Lane had a 75-yard touchdown called back due to a bogus penalty.

Defensively, Tech held UVA to 43 rushing yards on 29 attempts. The Hoos passed for 243 yards, but much of that was in the second half when the game was long decided. Tech sacked Colandrea six times, with Cole Nelson leading the way with two.

The Hokies are now bowl-eligible and should know their destination soon. The Hokies have won 22 of the past 24 meetings with Virginia.