Friday, January 1, 2010


NO. 11 VIRGINIA TECH 37, Tennessee 14

Look for the Virginia Tech Hokies to reappear in the top ten for the 2010-2011 NCAA football season. Why, you say? How about the reigning senior member of First Class Head Coach Club, perhaps the best assistant coach running the defense, great special teams, lots of talent on both sides of the ball and, count ‘em, FOUR first rate running backs, none of which seems to a bigger stud than freshman Ryan Williams.

That’s why.

Last night, Williams capped a brilliant first season with a record-setting game, running for two touchdowns to power Virginia Tech past an S.E.C. opponent. It was a much needed win for Tech and the beleaguered world of ACC football. Combined with last year’s Orange Bowl, it was the Hokies first back-to-back bowl wins ever, which seems a bit hard to believe.

Tech (10-3) took the lead with a field goal in the final seconds of the first half and outscored Tennessee 20-0 in the second half on their way to a sixth straight 10-win season.

The only team with a longer active streak is Texas with nine.

Williams, a redshirt freshman, had 117 yards rushing to become Virginia Tech's single-season rushing leader with 1,655 yards. Williams also set ACC records with 21 rushing touchdowns and 22 total touchdowns this season.

Tennessee's star running back, Montario Hardesty, could not keep up with Williams. The Volunteers' senior had 18 carries for 39 yards and a touchdown. The Hokies outrushed Tennessee (7-6) 229-5.

Tennessee was hurt by two turnovers which led to 10 points for Virginia Tech, and a dropped pass that cost them a touchdown while the game was still in hand.

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(Photos by Mike Zarrilli/Getty Images)

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