No. 17 Virginia Tech Blanks Virginia 17-0
Nov. 25, 2006
BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) - Sean Glennon threw a touchdown pass, George Bell ran for a score and No. 17 Virginia Tech's defense made it stand as the Hokies ran their winning streak to six games and beat Virginia 17-0 on Saturday.
The Hokies (10-2, 6-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) deprived the Cavaliers (5-7, 4-4) of a bowl chance and beat their in-state rivals for the seventh time in eight meetings.
Virginia Tech put the game away in the third quarter, outgaining Virginia 160-12 while putting together scoring drives of 74 and 91 yards.
Virginia Tech's defense, ranked second in the nation coming in, posted its fourth shutout of the season. The Cavaliers finished with just 112 yards and managed only five first downs.
The turning point came just before halftime when, Virginia sent in a five-receiver formation for a third-and-5 from its own 14.
Quarterback Jameel Sewell, who picked apart Miami's highly ranked defense last week, was hit by Xavier Adibi as he was dropping back and fumbled. Carlton Powell recovered for the Hokies at the 12, and Bell ran four times for the touchdown with 39 seconds left in the half.
In the second half, Glennon directed a 74-yard drive to Brandon Pace's 22nd consecutive successful field goal attempt, a 23-yarder. Then the quarterback capped a 91-yard drive with a pass that Eddie Royal turned into a 49-yard touchdown. Royal escaped an ankle tackle from Chris Cook just after the catch, then zigzagged to the end zone.
With the Hokies defense keeping Sewell on the run and tailback Jason Snelling under wraps, the Cavaliers never threatened in their second consecutive road shutout loss.
They were beaten 33-0 at Florida State on Nov. 4, and finished 1-5 on the road.
Glennon, who called the game a chance to show Virginia's coaches they made a mistake by not offering him a scholarship, finished 12-for-18 for 146 yards after an auspicious start. He was sacked for nine yards by Clint Sintim to end the Hokies first possession, and threw an ill-advised interception to end their second possession.
On the play, he was flushed and scrambling to his left when he attempted to flip to ball sideways to Bell, but it went instead to defensive end Jeffrey Fitzgerald.
But for the sixth straight game, the Hokies held after committing a turnover and Virginia punted it back after running just three plays.