Foster's Children

Kam Chancellor
AP Photo/J. Pat Carter
Virginia Tech picked off four passes in its 20-7 win over Cincinnati.
Bud Foster's defensive squad put on another stellar performance during the Orange Bowl. So "The Question" needs to be asked again: When is a school going to make the Virginia Tech defensive coordinator a head man? Pat Forde | Blog reaction | Watch: Highlights
Bowl Overview
It was over when... Backed up on their own 1-yard line, the Hokies stuffed Tony Pike on fourth-and-goal with over seven minutes remaining.
Gameball goes to... Darren Evans, who rushed 28 times for 153 yards and a touchdown.
Stat of the game... 10. The Hokies have won at least 10 games for the fifth straight season, trailing Texas (8) and USC (7) for the longest active streak.
VIRGINIA TECH VS. CINCINNATI
ESPN'S TAKE
Heather DinichComplete Game
Tech coach Frank Beamer was convinced his team had yet to play its best football game of the season, and he was right. The Hokies saved their best for last.

Cincinnati played not to lose, and Virginia Tech played like it had everything to lose.

Instead, the Hokies gained respect and redemption in this year's FedEx Orange Bowl with their 20-7 win over Big East champ Cincinnati. Virginia Tech represented the ACC well by playing a complete game and snapping the league's eight-game losing streak in BCS games. The win gave the conference a needed boost, as the ACC finished with a 4-6 bowl record, and it helped ease the sting of last year's Orange Bowl loss to Kansas.

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-- Heather Dinich | Read more in the ACC blog


Brian Bennett

Great Year, Tough Finish
MIAMI -- Cincinnati had a great year. It did not have a great finish.

The Bearcats scored on their first possession and then never again, as Virginia Tech's defense overpowered them in a 20-7 Hokies win at the FedEx Orange Bowl. Quarterback Tony Pike threw four interceptions -- and could have easily had five if not for a replay overturn -- and he was stopped at the goal line in the fourth quarter on a fourth down run from inside the 1 yard line.

Virginia Tech earned a little ACC pride, snapping the league's streak of eight straight BCS losses. Tyrod Taylor and Darren Evans each had big games to power an offense that performed better than most expected.

It wasn't Cincinnati's finest hour -- the Bearcats had a season-low point total and made some costly mistakes -- but give most of the credit to Bud Foster and the Hokies' defense.

-- Brian Bennett | Read more in the Big East blog

Team Stat Comparison
 
1st Downs1423
Total Yards310398
Passing239140
Rushing71258
Penalties3-303-17
3rd Down Conversions2-98-18
4th Down Conversions1-21-2
Turnovers41
Possession20:2139:39
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Bowls Individual Leaders
Cincinnati Passing
 C/ATTYDSTDINT
T. Pike16/3323914
Virginia Tech Passing
 C/ATTYDSTDINT
T. Taylor13/2214001
Cincinnati Rushing
 CARYDSTDLG
J. Ramsey434025
Virginia Tech Rushing
 CARYDSTDLG
D. Evans28153132
Cincinnati Receiving
 RECYDSTDLG
M. Gilyard7158139
Virginia Tech Receiving
 RECYDSTDLG
D. Coale352035