Hokies QB Tyrod Taylor had one of his best games of the season despite FSU’s tough pass rush. Taylor finished with 263 yards, four touchdowns, a couple key scrambles, and no major gaffes. FSU QB E.J. Manuel filled in admirably for Christian Ponder, though two interceptions will give him something to think about as the Noles prepare for a Chick Fil A Bowl bid.
A conference championship and BCS trip is a pretty amazing result for a Hokies season that began with a nailbiter loss to the Boise St. Broncos and that shocker against James Madison. Peeling off 11 straight wins since, almost all of them by multiple scores, Virginia Tech somehow wound up with a more-or-less standard Frank Beamer season.
The Hokies won their last trip to the game, beating the Cincinnati Bearcats 20-7, and may face another Big East team this time around too. It’s looking like the Connecticut Huskies may get the honors.