Nov 28, 2014; Blacksburg, VA, USA; Virginia Tech Hokies tight end Bucky Hodges (7) celebrates with linebacker Ronny Vandyke (37) after recovering a blocked punt in the second quarter at Lane Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports
ACC Football Week 14: Streak Survival
Virginia Tech’s long streak of holding onto the Commonwealth Cup, as well as their long streak of making bowl games, remains in tact. The Hokies have now beaten the Cavaliers 11 times in a row.
As for Virginia, their chances at taking back the Commonwealth Cup fell short in a last-minute effort at Blacksburg on Friday night. In what somehow turned into an offensive game in the second half, Virginia possessed the ball last, but some poor clock management by Mike London and some angry Hokie defenders shut the Hoos down for good.
Virginia Tech has to feel lucky just to be in this situation after their horrific loss to Wake Forest last week. The Beamer era might soon be coming to an end, but not this week.
As for the London era, not this season.
ACC Football Week 14: Princes of the Peach State
We can now say with certainty that the ACC Championship will feature the conference’s best teams. The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets are the second-best team behind Florida State, and will get a chance to change the complexion of the playoff.
As for this week, they may have done it already. Georgia could have moved up with some losses ahead of them in the standings, but that is not happening now. In a thrilling overtime win, the Jackets beat the Bulldogs, 30-24.
Georgia Tech played well and earned their win, rushing for 399 yards against their in-state rivals. The Jackets gave up the go-ahead touchdown with 18 seconds to go, but still somehow got enough yardage on the one play they had time to run to get in field goal range; Harrison Butker’s 53-yarder sent it to overtime, and a Zach Laskey kick won it.
Mark Richt has lost game control, and the Jackets are setting their sights on the Orange Bowl. Now, they might go there win or lose.