Virginia, Va. Tech clash for Commonwealth Cup

When Virginia Tech opted out of a bowl game during the pandemic in 2020, it ended the nation’s longest active bowl streak at 27 straight seasons.If the visiting Hokies (5-6, 4-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) don’t beat rival Virginia (3-8, 2-5) for the Commonwealth Cup on Saturday, they will be staring at a new streak: two straight years without a bowl berth.Virginia Tech heads into Charlottesville after losing two of its last three games, including a 35-28 decision at home last weekend against NC State.The Hokies finished 3-8 in 2022 in their first season under head coach Brent Pry.”We can’t hang our heads and feel sorry for ourselves,” Pry said after the loss to the Wolfpack. “It hurts. We didn’t play our best. We’ve got to watch the film and correct the things that need correcting. We’ve got to be better at winning our one-on-one battles. We have to be an improved team when we go over there Saturday.”Kyron Drones has passed for 1,750 yards with 12 touchdowns and three interceptions and rushed for 592 yards and four scores this season. Bhayshul Tuten leads the Hokies with 610 rushing yards and seven TDs and Da’Quan Felton is the leading receiver with 35 catches for 534 yards and six scores.Felton caught two of Drones’ three TD passes against NC State, but Tuten finished with minus-3 yards on two runs as Virginia Tech fell behind 28-7 early in the third quarter.”They had too many points on the board,” Pry said. “We were behind too much. Felt like we had to throw the ball.”Throwing the ball has not been a problem lately for Virginia. That’s especially true when wide receiver Malik Washington is on the receiving end.The Cavaliers are coming off an emotional 30-27 home win against Duke last Saturday, ending a week that marked the one-year anniversary of the shooting deaths of three football players.