Published: Mon, December 02, 2019
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Virginia snaps 15-game losing streak against Virginia Tech with thrilling finish

Virginia snaps 15-game losing streak against Virginia Tech with thrilling finish

Virginia kicked back-to-back field goals in the fourth quarter against the Hokies, and the second one was a 48-yarder that gave the Cavaliers a 33-30 lead with 1:23 left in the game. This was the Hokies last loss since November 29, 2003 when the team lost 35-21. Later in the first, Perkins added another rushing touchdown, this time from 67 yards, and the Hokies looked like they were in big trouble.

The Hokies drove into UVA territory on their next possession, and took a 30-27 lead at the 10:58 mark on a 47-yard Johnson field goal. He has also registered 4.5 sacks, defensed one pass and forced two fumbles.

Virginia's win on Friday gives the program its first division title.

Perkins, who said after the game that he spent a night in the hospital with tonsillitis after Virginia's 55-27 win over Liberty, and then had a procedure on Monday to remove fluid from his tonsils, had a career game, throwing for 311 yards and a touchdown, and running for 164 yards and two scores on the ground. The third sack of Hooker was a strip sack in the end zone that was recovered by Eli Hanback for a game-sealing and celebration-inducing touchdown.

Perkins hit Billy Kemp IV for a 25-yard touchdown reception.

In 2007, Virginia Tech won 33-21 in a season where both teams were nationally ranked - the No. 8 Hokies beat No. 16 Virginia. He also rushed for 44 yards.

UVA knotted the score at 27-27 on a 2-yard TD run by Wayne Taulapapa with 13:30 to go. Perkins ended the offensive drought with a 42-yard pass to Joe Reed, who was not covered in the play. It was the second time in half that Tech got the ball into Virginia's 10-yard line, but failed to reach a touchdown.

With Perkins at the controls, Virginia moved the ball just far enough to get into range for kicker Brian Delaney. Perkins, who represented all but five of those yards, converted a pair of third parties and scored in delayed draws before scoring in a 39-yard touchdown run.

With the fans rushing the field, Mendenhall lost sight of his counterpart, Virginia Tech head coach Justin Fuente, as he tried to make it across the field to shake hands.

"How fitting after a missed extra point early that I thought was going to haunt us", Virginia coach Bronco Mendenhall said. Johnson made a 21-yard field goal. Tre Turner groped in the first quarter fighting for extra yards near the center of the field and Hooker threw an interception that featured a failed Hail Mary when time expired in the second quarter. Conner returned it within the Virginia 20-yard line, but a block in the back in the return pushed the Hokies back to their side of the field.

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