College Football
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Virginia at Virginia Tech
When: 8:00 PM ET, Friday, November 28, 2014
Where: Lane Stadium, Blacksburg, Virginia

In-state rivals Virginia and Virginia Tech clash in Blacksburg on Friday with the Commonwealth Cup and bowl eligibility on the line for both sides. The Cavaliers snapped a four-game losing streak last week, topping Miami (Fla.) 30-13 at home and leaving coach Mike London smiling for the first time in weeks. "It's just really fun to see all three phases of the game work in our favor," London told the Daily Progress.

The Hokies have lost four of their last five, including an offensively inept 6-3 decision in double overtime at Wake Forest last week. Wide receiver Willie Byrn didn't pull any punches describing the way that outcome left Virginia Tech feeling, telling the Roanoke Times, "It was the most frustrating game I've been a part of." Coach Frank Beamer, whose offensive line has been depleted with injuries, explained that the Hokies have no choice but to push forward, without excuses, telling reporters, "We've got what we've got right now."

TV: 8 p.m. ET, ESPN. LINE: Virginia -1

ABOUT VIRGINIA (5-6, 3-4 ACC): Despite the mediocrity of a 5-6 season, guard Conner Davis, summed up the feelings about a rivalry game such as this one well, saying, "We know what's on the line. We (have) to go out there and win." In short, what's on the line is the Commonwealth Cup -- which the Cavaliers haven't claimed since 2003 -- and bowl eligibility, which Virginia hasn't earned since 2011. London dubbed the prognosis of running back Kevin Parks as "good" after the team's leading rusher exited the Miami game in the first quarter with concussion symptoms and did not return.

ABOUT VIRGINIA TECH (5-6, 2-5 ACC): Looking to spark a stagnant offense, Beamer said that backup quarterback Brenden Motley will see more reps in practice this week after running the Wildcat last time out to moderate success. "We plan to give him more work this week," Beamer said, adding, "We'll see where that goes." Starting signal-caller Michael Brewer was ordinary against the Demon Deacons, tallying 126 passing yards, while completing 15-of-28 attempts.


EXTRA POINTS

1. Virginia trails the all-time series with Virginia Tech 53-37-5 and has lost 14 of the last 15 meetings.

2. A loss for the Hokies would mark the end of nation's longest bowl streak at 21 consecutive seasons.

3. Virginia Tech RB Trey Edmunds, who led the team's rushing attack a year ago, has been cleared to play after missing five games with a broken clavicle.

PREDICTION: Virginia 24, Virginia Tech 13
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk PF PA Home Away Grass Turf Conf
Virginia 5-6 W1 26.4 24.1 5-2 0-4 5-6 0-0 3-4
Virginia Tech 5-6 L1 23.3 20.5 2-4 3-2 4-5 0-0 2-5
Last Meeting
Virginia Virginia Tech
Date Away Home Tot Rus Pas Tot Rus Pas
11/30/13 VT 16 UVA 6 285 109 176 364 126 238
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Passing Player COMP % YDS TD INT
Virginia D. Watford 56.5 122 0 0
Virginia Tech L. Thomas 44.8 229 1 1
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
Virginia K. Parks 17 105 6.2 0
Virginia Tech T. Edmunds 11 93 8.5 0
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
Virginia J. McGee 4 65 16.2 0
Virginia Tech D. Knowles 4 101 25.2 0
Touchdowns Player TD
Virginia G. Adeosun 0
Virginia Tech T. Edmunds 1
Season
Passing Player COMP % YDS TD INT
Virginia G. Lambert 60.7 1421 9 10
Virginia Tech M. Brewer 60.7 2363 15 13
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
Virginia K. Parks 168 675 4.0 4
Virginia Tech M. Williams 123 471 3.8 4
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
Virginia D. Jennings 26 498 19.2 2
Virginia Tech I. Ford 50 607 12.1 6
Touchdowns Player TD
Virginia K. Parks 6
Virginia Tech I. Ford 6
Quickchart Matchup
Virginia Off vs  Virginia Tech Def
379.6 yards
333.3 yards
3.9 yards/rush
4.1 yards/rush
6.5 yards/attempt
6.4 yards/attempt
Virginia Tech Off vs  Virginia Def
361.6 yards
345.9 yards
3.6 yards/rush
3.2 yards/rush
6.2 yards/attempt
7.1 yards/attempt