Despite an uncharacteristic outing where Graham Harrell overthrew his intended receivers and the wide receivers dropped catchable balls, the Red Raider offense rallied late to tie the game and give kicker Alex Trlica a shot at the win.
And just like last year's bowl game where he sent the game to overtime, Trlica didn't disappoint, nailing a 41 yarder to give the Red Raiders a 3 point victory over the #20 Virginia Cavaliers.
Harrell finished 43-68 with 398 yards and 3 touchdowns. Michael Crabtree led the receiving corps with 9 receptions for 102 yards and 1 touchdown. Senior Danny Amendola also contributed a TD in the last game of his collegiate career.
The Red Raider D came up big late in the game, with Rajon Henley forcing a fumble at the 4 yard line and Colby Whitlock recovered to give Tech a chance to tie the game with a little over 3 minutes to go.
The Red Raiders overcame a tremendous effort by Virginia tailback Mikell Simpson, who ran for 170 yards on 20 carries -- including a NCAA bowl-record 96-yard TD run by a running back.
The win will likely place the Red Raiders inside the top 25 in the end of the season polls.