By Darrell Owens
Headline Photo Credit: Darrell Owens-LMS Network
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA- Black Friday is an unofficial National Holiday in America. People head to retail stores to find that special gift on the cheap for Christmas. On this Black Friday in the state of Virginia, an unofficial state holiday took place as #24 Virginia Tech Hokies (8-3) would take on Virginia (8-3) Cavaliers in the battle for the Commonwealth Cup. Unlike every Black Friday, nothin would come cheap for the Cavaliers in this one. Virginia has not defeated Virginia Tech since this very day 16 years ago. 15 straight victories for the Hokies have given Virginia Tech a 58-37-5 lead in the all-time series. Today’s contest would prove to be another classic battle and historical at that.
After 15 years, The Virginia Cavaliers finally defeated Virginia Tech 39-30. The Cavs got off to a great start because of the feet of QB Bryce Perkins. Perkins would rush for 178 yards and 2 touchdowns including a 67-yard run for one of his touchdowns. Perkins also dominated in the air, throwing for 311 yards and touchdown. Perkins finished with 489 all-purpose yards and 3 total touchdowns. Cavaliers defense had 6 sacks, (3 coming with in the last two minutes) & 2 interceptions.
Virginia Tech QB Hendon Hooker, who came into this game with no INT’s would throw two. Hooker would throw for 311 yards and a touchdown as well. Running back Desean McClease had 16 rushes for 86 yards and touchdown. Wideout Tre Turner grabbed 7 receptions for 134 yards and a touchdown for the Hokies.
This rivalry has always been an exciting one and today’s contest proved that again. Virginia (9-3) wins the Coastal Division and will head to Charlotte, North Carolina next Saturday to take on defending national champions, the Clemson Tigers. This matchup will be Virginia’s biggest test of the year! Will they be ready for the prime time? We will find out next Saturday at 7:30pm at the ACC Championship!