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Missed opportunities, turnovers cost Hokies in bowl loss to Oklahoma State

Virginia Tech amassed more than 500 yards of offense, including 248 rushing, and held the ball for more than 38 minutes, but the Hokies had two costly turnovers and a couple of other missed opportunities that added up to a 30-21 defeat at the hands of Oklahoma State in the Camping World Bowl on Dec. 28 in Orlando, Florida. Tech closed the season with a 9-4 record and saw its three-game bowl winning streak snapped. The Hokies pulled to within 27-21 after a 5-yard touchdown run by Josh Jackson with 5:40 remaining, but the Cowboys made a critical third-down conversion on the ensuing drive, and that led to a short field goal with 2:34 left that accounted for the final margin. Jackson rushed for two touchdowns and threw for 248 yards and a score, while tailback Deshawn McClease rushed for a career-high 124 yards. Mason Rudolph paced the Cowboys with 351 yards passing and two touchdowns. The game concluded the Hokies’ 2017 season, and now Tech looks ahead to March’s spring practice, with potentially 15 starters returning.




Tech women close 2017 with first ACC win

The Virginia Tech women’s basketball team opened ACC play with a 17-point home loss to NC State, but bounced back nicely with an 89-58 victory over Boston College on New Year’s Eve at Carilion Clinic Court. The victory moved the Hokies to 12-3 overall, 1-1 in the ACC. Taylor Emery led the Hokies with a game-high 22 points, and Regan Magarity registered her ninth double-double of the season, scoring 14 points and grabbing 11 rebounds. Michelle Berry added a career-high 15 points. Tech returns to action Sunday when it takes on Louisville in a road game on the Cardinals’ home floor. The game tips at 2 p.m.






Virginia Tech
Athlete of the Week

Taylor Emery
Women's Basketball • Junior • Guard • Tampa, Florida
Emery was the leading force in the Hokies’ first ACC victory of the 2017-18 campaign, as she scored a game-high 22 points in Tech’s 89-58 win over Boston College on New Year’s Eve. She hit 7 of 8 from the floor, including two 3-pointers, and she buried all six of her free-throw attempts. In addition, she added three rebounds and three assists, all of which came in just 24 minutes. Emery has now scored at least 20 points in seven of the Hokies’ 15 games this season, and she leads the Hokies in scoring at 15.8 points per game, while shooting a team-best 53.7 percent from the floor and a team-best 45.6 percent from beyond the 3-point arc.

Hicks reaches another milestone

Three games after becoming the program’s all-time leader in career steals, women’s basketball standout Chanette Hicks reached another milestone when she scored the 1,000th point of her career in Virginia Tech’s 68-51 loss to NC State in the Hokies’ ACC home opener Dec. 28 at Carilion Clinic Court. Hicks became the 25th player in program history to accomplish the feat, and she finished with 12 points in the loss. The junior from Norfolk, Virginia also has a shot at breaking the Hokies’ all-time assist mark (Lisa Witherspoon, 635), as she currently has 413 career assists with a season and a half left in her career – a number that ranks second on the all-time list.

Tech men go 1-1 in final week of 2017

The final week of 2017 was a mixed bag for the Virginia Tech men’s basketball team, as the Hokies notched a 76-59 win over North Carolina A&T three days after Christmas, but fell 68-56 to Syracuse in the ACC opener played Sunday night at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse, New York. With the loss to the Orange, Tech fell to 11-3 overall, 0-1 in league play. Against North Carolina A&T, the Hokies jumped out to an 18-point halftime lead and never relinquished it. Ahmed Hill led the way with 14 points, while P.J. Horne added 10. Against the Orange’s 2-3 zone, Tech shot just 34.6 percent and was out-rebounded 39-26. Nickeil Alexander-Walker had 19 points to pace the Hokies, and he hit four 3-pointers. Tech continues play tonight with a game against rival Virginia that tips at 9 p.m. at Carilion Clinic Court.

Two Tech wrestlers place at Southern Scuffle

Six Virginia Tech wrestlers competed at the Southern Scuffle held Monday and Tuesday in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and two of them – freshmen Mekhi Lewis and Stanley Smeltzer – placed in their respective weight classes. Wrestling unattached, Lewis finished fourth at 165 pounds despite losing to just one wrestler in the tournament. Lock Haven’s Chance Marsteller beat Lewis 3-1 in the quarterfinals and then 6-4 in the third-place match. Smeltzer, also wrestling unattached, came in eighth at 184 pounds, advancing to the quarterfinals before falling to top seed Bo Nickal of Penn State and later losing to Utah Valley’s Gary Jantzer in the seventh-place match. Cody Hughes, a 174-pounder, won three matches at the tournament, while C.J. Manley, Hunter Bolen and John Borst also competed. Tech returns to action Jan. 12-13, as it heads to Hampton, Virginia to compete in the Virginia Duals.

Looking back at bowl week

Virginia Tech’s 2017 football season ended with a disappointing loss to Oklahoma State in the Camping World Bowl, but the week certainly had its share of memorable experiences, as the team had a fun evening at Dave & Buster’s, enjoyed a shopping spree at Best Buy, played with underprivileged children at Andretti Indoor Karting & Games, and spent part of a day at Universal Studios Orlando. They also enjoyed some beautiful Florida weather at the Hilton Orlando, the team’s hotel. The Hokies returned home following the game and will begin preparations for the 2018 season in the coming weeks.