Hokies Take Advantage of UVa Turnovers In Win
By Jimmy Robertson
November 17, 2001

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - Virginia Tech used the running of Kevin Jones, the throwing of Grant Noel, the receiving of André Davis and the turnovers created by its defense to knock off rival UVa 31-17 in front of 61, 625 fans at Scott Stadium in Charlottesville.

The win marked Tech's third consecutive victory over UVa - the first time that has happened since1980-83 - and Tech once again keeps the Commonwealth Cup, the prize which goes to the winner of the annual battle between the state's two Division I teams. Tech (8-2) also won for the sixth time in the past nine meetings with the Cavaliers, including four of its past five trips to Charlottesville.

"I can't say enough about my football team," Tech head coach Frank Beamer said. "I thought they made a statement."

Tech jumped out to a 31-0 halftime lead and never looked back. Noel fired three touchdown passes in the first half, including two to Davis, who finished with 126 yards receiving in the game. Noel completed 12-of-22 for 190 yards and three touchdowns, with one interception.

Jones, making his second straight start, rushed for 181 yards on 37 carries. That marks the most rushing yards in a single game by a freshman under Beamer. Tech rushed for 221 yards as a team and finished with 421 yards of total offense.

Tech's defense forced five UVa turnovers and the Hokies converted those turnovers into 24 points. Tech's defense held UVa tailback Antwoine Womack to just 36 yards rushing on 12 carries. As a team, UVa rushed for just eight yards as the Hokies recorded six sacks in addition to forcing five turnovers.

Up next for the Hokies is Miami. The 'Canes come to Blacksburg for a Dec. 1 showdown, with the kickoff scheduled for 1 p.m.