Quarterly Report

What follows is a quarter-by-quarter recap of Virginia Tech's 37-14 defeat of Tennessee in the Chick fil-A Bowl.

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The fourth offensive play by Tennessee saw Virginia Tech's Rashad Carmichael intercept a Jonathan Crompton overthrow and return it 10 yards to the Vol 44-yard line. Ryan Williams scored on a one-yard run seven plays later to give the Hokies a 7-0 lead.
KEY PLAY

Carmichael's interception. It gave Tech a short field that the Hokies promptly converted into a touchdown.

KEY PLAYER

Tech QB Tyrod Taylor. He completed 5 of 6 passes for 59 yards in the quarter.

KEY STAT

Tennessee ran nine plays all quarter and gained a mere 13 yards.



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UT 0 Quarter 1 00:00 7 VT

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Following a UT punt from its 6-yard line, Tech took over at the Vol 47-yard line. The Hokies needed just five plays to crash the end zone again for a 14-0 lead. Williams got the TD on a three-yard run. Tennessee stormed back with a 10-play, 80-yard touchdown march, capped when Montario Hardesty broke a tackle in the backfield and raced four yards to score. An interception and 27-yard return by Vol safety Janzen Jackson gave UT the ball at the Hokie 48-yard line. A 47-yard screen pass to Hardesty and two Hardesty runs tied the game at 14-all with 18 seconds left to halftime. Incredibly, Taylor completed a 64-yard pass to Jarrett Boykin, enabling Tech's Matt Waldron to kick a 21-yard field goal on the final play of the half, giving the Hokies a 17-14 lead at the break.
KEY PLAY

Already down 14-0, Tennessee faced third-and-13 at the Tech 24-yard line. Crompton found Gerald Jones for a clutch 20-yard completion, and the Vols scored a TD to get back in the game two plays later.

KEY PLAYER

Crompton. The Vol QB completed 5 of 6 passes for 124 yards and a touchdown in the quarter.

KEY STAT

After gaining just 13 total yards in the first quarter, Tennessee gained 115 in the second period.



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UT 14 Quarter 2 00:00 17 VT

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Virginia Tech went 74 yards in eight plays on its first possession of the second half to take a 24-14 lead. Taylor got the TD on a one-yard sneak. Tennessee's best scoring chance came when the Vols advanced to a second-and-8 at the Tech 26-yard line. Crompton was sacked for a loss of seven, however, killing the drive.
KEY PLAY

Tech's first three plays of the quarter were runs of 21, 4 and 31 yards by Williams. That pretty much set the tone for the rest of the period.

KEY PLAYER

Williams. Tech's freshman tailback gained 76 yards in the quarter, 75 of them coming on its touchdown drive.

KEY STAT

Tech piled up 115 rushing yards in the quarter. Tennessee managed just 20.



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UT 14 Quarter 3 00:00 24 VT

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Waldron booted a 46-yard field goal on the third play of the period, extending Tech's lead to 27-14. A 30-yard completion to Boykin sparked an eight-play, 80-yard drive that boosted the Hokie lead to 34-14. Tech's sixth sack of Crompton resulted in a fumble that the Hokies recovered at UT's 13-yard line. Waldron booted a 22-yard field goal four plays later to bump the score to 37-14 with 2:38 remaining.
KEY PLAY

With Tech leading just 27-14, a wide-open Denarius Moore dropped what should've been a 59-yard touchdown pass from Crompton at the Hokie 17-yard line. A TD there would've narrowed the gap to 27-21 and might've changed the complexion of the game. Instead, the air seemed to go right out of the Vols after that.

KEY PLAYER

Waldron. His 46-yard field goal that extended the lead to 27-14 was big. His 22-yarder later in the period was just icing.

KEY STAT

A Tennessee team that allowed just 12 sacks in 12 regular-season games surrendered six in this outing.



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UT 14 Quarter 4 00:00 37 VT

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Game #: 1168
Site: Atlanta
Date: Dec. 31
Conference: ACC
Coach Match-up:
For the Vols - Kiffin and for the Hokies - Beamer


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