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The rest of the game was scoreless, and highlighted more of the issues that have plagued Virginia all season.

Kevin Parks did bust free for a 48-yard run with Virginia pinned deep in its own end in the fourth quarter, making him the first Cavaliers running back to go over 1,000 yards since Alvin Pearman in 2004, but on the next play, Lambert threw wide of Keeon Johnson and Kendall Fuller intercepted for the Hokies.

Lambert played the fourth quarter after David Watford, who started every game this season, completed 13 of 23 passes for 122 yards in the first three quarters, but twice saw drives inside the Hokies’ 20 stall, forcing field goal attempts.

The Hokies weren’t much better, but in what became a defensive struggle throughout the second half, the Hokies held the Cavaliers to 120 yards, making the lead more than ample. The Cavaliers never advanced beyond Tech’s 48 after halftime.

The game’s first four possessions all yielded field goals — of 22 and 30 yards by Eric Kristensen for the Hokies, who got the ball first, and kicks of 36 and 29 yards by the Cavaliers’ Alex Vozenilek.

Virginia finally forced the first punt and drove to the Hokies’ 33, but after considering a long field goal, Virginiapunted and the Hokies drove 67 yards to Kristensen’s go-ahead 38-yard field goal.