Virginia 14, Virginia Tech 13
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) _ Chris Stearns and Jeff Lageman tackled Malcolm Blacken in the backfield on a two-point conversion try with 1:24 to play Saturday as Virginia’s Cavaliers preserved a 14-13 college football win over Virginia Tech’s Hokies.
Virginia Tech’s winning conversion attempt came after quarterback Erik Chapman’s 26-yard pass into the end zone bounced off the chest of his intended receiver, Karl Borden, and into the hands of tight end Steve Johnson, who hauled in the ball before it fell to the ground.
Quarterback Scott Secules threw a 29-yard scoring pass to Keith Mattioli in the first quarter and ran for a 1-yard touchdown in the second period for Virginia.
The Cavaliers improved their record to 1-2 with the win, only their second in the last eight years against their intrastate rivals.
Virginia Tech, 0-2 on the season, is 35-29-5 in the series with Virginia which began in 1895.
The Hokies, whose other touchdown came on a 3-yard run by Earnie Jones in the second quarter, tried an onsides kick after Chapman’s scoring pass to Johnson, but Virginia recovered and tried to run out the clock.
The Cavaliers turned the ball over on downs, however, and Virginia Tech got another chance from its own 28-yard line with 21 seconds remaining. Chapman hit Borden on a 22-yard pass to move the ball to midfield, but following an incomplete pass, defensive tackle Elton Toliver sacked Chapman on the final play of the game.