Hokies run past outmanned Vols 37-14

ATLANTA - The 42nd edition of the Chik-fil-A Bowl ended in defeat for the Tennessee Volunteers. Go "Inside" to get the full recap of the New Year's Eve action. The 11th-ranked Virginia Tech team handed the Vols a 37-14 loss to ruin the Vols New Year's Celebration.

The 42nd edition of the Chik-fil-A Bowl showcased the Tennessee Volunteers and the Virginia Tech Hokies in the Georgia Dome on New Year's Eve.

It was evident that the Volunteer faithful traveled well to Georgia, but the masses of orange were quickly silenced by the sound Hokie offense.

The Hokies dominated the majority of the first half. The Hokies jumped out to an early 14-0 lead following two Ryan Williams touchdown runs.

It took the Volunteers until midway through the second quarter to show any sign of life on the offensive side of the football. Junior wide receiver Gerald Jones was able to piece together a couple of must-have receptions on the Volunteers' first scoring drive. Senior tailback Montario Hardesty capped the Vols drive with a 2-yard touchdown run.

The Volunteers then stole the momentum heading into half when freshman safety Janzen Jackson intercepted Tyrod Taylor with 1:11 remaining in the half. The Vols followed the interception with a 47-yard screen pass to Hardesty. Then two plays later Denarius Moore slipped behind the Virginia Tech defense and caught a Crompton touchdown pass to level the score at 14.

Just when the Orange and White faithful thought the Vols were even heading into the locker room, Tyrod Taylor connected on a 62-yard strike to Jarrett Boykin.

Initially, the Volunteers thought they had escaped the quick score when the clock read zeros at the half. The play was then reviewed, revealing two seconds remaining in the half. The Hokies marched their field goal unit on to the turf and stole the halftime lead 17-14.

The first half finale was only a prelude to the second half stomping that the Vols would undergo. The third quarter quickly turned into the Ryan Williams show.

The true freshman running back singlehandedly led the Hokies third quarter scoring drive. William amassed 78 yards in the touchdown drive that was capped off by a Tyrod Taylor sneak for the touchdown.

Frank Beamer used his rushing attack to take the air right out of the big orange balloon. When Matt Waldron set a Virginia Tech field goal bowl record with his 46-yarder the Hokies had all but wrapped up their Chik-fil-A title.

With the Hokies up 13 points the Volunteers still seemed to be within reach until a wide-open Denarius Moore dropped a sure touchdown in the late moments of the fourth quarter.

Moore's drop was just a mere glimpse into the Volunteers evening. The Hokies added 10 more points before the evening came to a close. Beamer's Hokies nearly doubled the Volunteers' offensive yardage and dominated the trenches throughout.

Williams was named the offensive player of the game while linebacker Cody Grimm snagged the defensive honors.

The Volunteers loss, 37-14, only extended what has been a disastrous stretch for the Orange and White in the Georgia Dome.

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