Virginia Tech rode a 17-7 fourth quarter surge to claim the 12th consecutive win in the state of Virginia’s marquee football rivalry. With the win, the Hokies (6-6, 4-4 ACC) send head coach Frank Beamer to one final bowl game. The Cavaliers (4-8, 3-5 ACC) end their fourth consecutive season with nothing to show.
Here's a look at six of the top players suiting up for the game, followed by beat writer Matt Wurzburger's three keys to a Virginia victory.
Virginia traveled to Louisville with their backs against the wall — needing a perfect 3-0 finish to gain bowl eligibility. The Cavaliers (3-7, 2-4 ACC) put up a noble fight against the Cardinals (6-4, 5-2 ACC), but in the end Virginia’s demons came back to haunt them in a 38-31 defeat.