When the Virginia Tech Hokies walked off the football field on Saturday, they had to have realized they had just accomplished something or at the very least avoided something. The Hokies came into this game with a 5-6 record, and if they had lost the game to archrival Virginia then two important streaks would have come to an end; the bowl streak and the Commonwealth Cup streak.
The win over their in-state rival ensured that both of those streaks will continue. For the 20th consecutive year Virginia Tech will play in the postseason and for the ninth year in a row the Commonwealth Cup will remain in Blacksburg, but neither of those things came easy. It was an ugly game from the start. Logan Thomas’s accuracy issues once again reared their ugly head as did the lack of a featured running back, but Bud Foster’s defense kept the game in check and made sure that the offense and special teams would at least have a chance to win it.
Virginia only had seven first downs in the entire game, giving the Hokies offense a chance to do just enough to win the game. Cody Journell’s field goal attempt as time expired sent his team to a bowl and it was a nice bookend to the season. Journell won the Hokies’ first game of the season in overtime and he made sure that he would win the last game of the season as well. It was an impressive show of resilience considering that he had missed a field goal mere minutes before his game winning kick.
Let’s get this straight, 6-6 is not a good season in Blacksburg, but the fact that the Hokies battled back from a 4-6 record to bowl eligibility is a small accomplishment to hang their hat on. 20 consecutive bowl games is an impressive streak and is the third longest active streak in college football. Now Frank Beamer can look ahead to number 21.