- Associated Press - Monday, November 25, 2013

Virginia has one last chance to end its season on a positive note — by beating rival Virginia Tech.

Cavaliers left tackle Morgan Moses believes it would be a soothing tonic for a very difficult campaign.

A victory for Virginia (2-9, 0-7 Atlantic Coast Conference) would also end two embarrassing streaks: The Cavaliers have ended nine consecutive seasons with losses to their conference rival Hokies, and they’ve dropped eight straight games this season since winning two of their first three.

“Both streaks, it’s tough to deal with, but a win against Tech, everybody will forget it,” Moses said Monday. It will be the final home game for Moses and eight other seniors.

The Hokies (7-4, 4-3) have struggled with three losses in their last four games, but still have a chance to win the ACC’s Coastal Division, so the stakes will be high on Saturday.

So will the emotion. Right guard Andrew Miller said it will be so high that any talk of a possible matchup with No. 2 Florida State in the ACC title game a week later will be summarily dismissed this week.

“This is a personal game for me,” said Miller, a native of Bassett. “I look back on my career here. We haven’t lost. … It is the most important game of the year for us, obviously. It’s UVa.”

Not even possibly winning the Coastal Division seems as important right now.

“Actually, I don’t like hearing people talk about that,” Miller said, not a hint of joking on his face. “If that happens, it happens. But I think that’s a sign of losing focus if that’s what we’re focusing on. Because this week should be all about UVa, no matter what happens afterward. It’s the fact that we need to come out here and win the Commonwealth Cup.”

The trophy, which goes to the winner, has spent 14 of the past 15 years in Blacksburg, Va.

To some degree, that’s pressure, Hokies senior linebacker Jack Tyler said.

“I think there’s always a little bit of pressure just because of how long we’ve had the Commonwealth Cup and I don’t want to be that class that gives it up,” Tyler said. “But that’s also motivation for us that we need to come out and have a good week of practice and prepare like they’re an 8-2 team and not 2-8 or whatever.

“… We have to come out and prove to them that we are superior.”

Virginia Tech is coming off a bye week, which followed a disappointing Senior Day. The Hokies allowed Maryland quarterback C.J. Brown to run for 122 yards, including the winning touchdown in overtime .

The Cavaliers will officially honor their seniors before the game. They are leaving having been to just one bowl game, and not one the last two years, and senior defensive tackle Brent Urban and his classmates hope a framed jersey won’t be the lone highlight.

“It’s a huge game,” said Urban, adding that it didn’t take long after he arrived on campus from his native Ontario, Canada to learn that Virginia Tech week is a bit different than any other. “I think a lot of us are treating it like a playoff game. It’s our bowl game, per say, and a lot of us are fired up.

“It’s been forever since we beat them, and we really want that ‘W.’”

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