The streak is over: Virginia claims Coastal crown with first win over rival Hokies since 2003

J.J. Regan
NBC Sports Washington

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- The streak is over. Virginia snapped a 15-game losing streak to rival Virginia Tech in a 39-30 win on Friday to claim its first-ever Coastal Division title and book a ticket to the ACC Championship.

Now it's on to Clemson.

Here is how the Cavaliers pulled off their first win over the Hokies since 2003.

Perkins' hot start

Virginia scored a touchdown on the opening drive of the game as quarterback Bryce Perkins ran the ball 39 yards into the end zone. Virginia Tech came into Saturday's game with consecutive shutouts and it took the Cavaliers just 2:46 to snap that streak.

UVA went 75 yards and Perkins had 70 of them, all on the ground. Later in the first, Perkins added another rushing touchdown, this time from 67 yards, and the Hokies looked like they were in big trouble.

Virginia had 158 yards of total offense in the first quarter and Perkins accounted for 141 yards of that on the ground alone.

Virginia's answer in the 3rd quarter

After failing to get into the end zone in the entire first half, Virginia Tech scored a touchdown on its opening drive and added a second midway through the quarter to take its first lead fo the game 20-13. At that point, the Cavaliers' defense looked vulnerable and the offense could not get anything going. Just as the game was starting to slip out of Virginia's hands, however, Perkins and the offense delivered with a massive seven-play, 79-yard drive capped off with a Perkins pass to Billy Kemp for the touchdown. That put the Cavaliers right back into the game.

The deep pass

Virginia Tech's secondary really opened up in the second half and Perkins took advantage. The Cavaliers completed passes of 42, 37, 30 and 67 yards all in the second half. Each one of those drives ended in points for Virginia.

Hooker's 4th quarter interception

With the game tied at 30, Virginia Tech had the ball at its own 47. The Hokies were backed into a third and 19 after taking two false start penalties giving an obvious passing situation. Quarterback Hendon Hooker's pass was intercepted by linebacker Noah Taylor.

Was Virginia Tech going to convert on a third and 19? No, but the play was a big one because it reversed the field position. The Hokies could have pinned Virginia deep with a punt. Instead, the Cavaliers started the next drive on their own 35. Virginia would go 34 yards on the following drive to set-up the game-winning field goal.

A 48-yard game-winner

Brian Delaney's game did not get off to a great start as he missed the extra point on Virginia's first touchdown drive. However, he was the hero in the end, as he nailed a 48-yard field goal with less than two minutes remaining to put the Cavaliers ahead for good.

The last stand

Virginia Tech got the ball back after the field goal looking to extend the streak. Virginia's defense, however, could smell the blood in the water and swarmed Hooker three times. He was sacked by Zane Zandler on first down, sacked by Matt Gahm on second and stripped and sacked in the end zone by Mandy Alonso on third down. Eli Hanback would recover the fumble for the defensive touchdown.


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