Virginia Tech tops Virginia on late kick 17-14

Virginia Tech tops Virginia on late kick 17-14
November 24, 2012, 3:53 pm
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Virginia Tech kicker Cody Journell (89) celebrates with teammates Ryan Malleck (88) and Eric Martin (86) after kicking the game-winning field goal in the closing seconds of the fourth quarter of an NCAA College football game against Virginia at Lane Stadium Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012 in Blacksburg, Va. The Hokies won 17-14. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)


BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) Cody Journell kicked a 29-yard field goal with 4 seconds to play, and Virginia Tech beat Virginia 17-14 Saturday to qualify for a bowl game and win its ninth straight from its in-state rival.

Antone Exum set up the winning drive when he intercepted Michael Rocco at the Cavaliers' 36 with 3:21 remaining. Exum brought it back to the 24, and Virginia (4-8, 2-6) inexplicably held on to two timeouts as the Hokies ran the clock down. The Cavaliers used both timeouts to try to freeze Journell, but his kick sailed through.

Logan Thomas ran for one touchdown and threw for another for the Hokies (6-6, 4-4 Atlantic Coast Conference), who have also won 13 of the last 14 in taking command of a once-close rivalry.

Virginia led 14-7 after its first defensive touchdown this season on a 16-yard fumble return by Brent Urban early in the third quarter.