Greg’s Grades 2019: Virginia Tech

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Virginia is 9-3.
Mandy Alonso celebrates the defense’s touchdown late in the game, which came from a fumble he forced on a sack. ~ Kris Wright

What a difference a decade and a half makes.

The last time Virginia defeated Virginia Tech, Matt Schaub was the quarterback and he had hair. Cell phones equipped with, get this, built-in digital cameras made their debut. The Academy Award for Best Picture went to Chicago and Norah Jones took the Grammy for top female vocalist, top single and album of the year. And, in 2003, there were 7,225 Starbucks stores worldwide; today there are 15,041 in the United States alone.

What a difference a year makes.

On November 23, 2018, the Hoos and Hokies had battled to a 31-31 tie at the end of regulation. After three incomplete passes, Virginia Tech connected on a 42-yard field to take a 34-31 lead. Virginia began its first overtime possession with an 11-yard pass play to Hasise Dubois for a first down at the VT 14.

Virginia’s second down play was its last. Bryce Perkins attempted a handoff to tailback Jordan Ellis on a read-option call but the two were not in sync, the exchange was clumsy, the ball was fumbled, and the Hokie defense recovered and sealed the win.

Fast forward to November 29, 2019.

Virginia kicker Brian Delaney blasted a 48-yard field goal to give the Hoos a 33-30 lead with 83 seconds left in the contest. The visitors took the possession at their own 29-yard line and Virginia’s defense took control of the game. Dialing up the pressure, the Wahoo defense sacked Hokie

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