Monday Thoughts: Virginia Tech-Virginia

Justin CatesCorrespondent INovember 30, 2009

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA - NOVEMBER 24:  Head coach Al Groh of the Virginia Cavaliers looks on during the second half against the Virginia Tech Hokies at Scott Stadium on November 24, 2007 in Charlottesville, Virginia.  Virginia Tech defeated Virginia 33-21.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Another battle for the Commonwealth Cup, another victory for the Virginia Tech Hokies.

Tech used its dominating rushing attack to subdue arch-rival Virginia and ultimately ran away with the contest posting a 42-13 victory over the Cavaliers in Charlottesville, VA.

The game was, as many had speculated, the last of the Al Groh era at Virginia.

Groh’s last immortal act came at his final press conference.  When asked about his job status he responded by reading a poem often given to recovering substance abusers and people with low self-esteem.

Groh’s 1-8 record against the Hokies certainly didn’t help his case to keep his job, and next year when the two schools meet, Tech will have had continuous possession of the Commonwealth Cup for over 2,000 straight days.

Hokies everywhere are sorry to see Al Groh leave, and that about sums up how bad he’s been.

Tech has dominated recruiting in the Commonwealth during the Groh era, and that has led to the very different directions of the two programs.

As for the game itself, the Hokies are starting to play like a broken record.

Incomparable redshirt freshman Ryan Williams impressed yet again, carrying 24 times for 185 yards and four touchdowns.

It was the second consecutive week with four rushing touchdowns for Williams who earned ACC Rookie of the week for the seventh time this season.

With 1,538 yards, Williams needs just 110 yards in the Hokies’ bowl game to surpass the school record for rushing yards in a season set by Kevin Jones’ 1,647 in 2003.

The Hokie defense forced two Virginia fumbles and allowed no points and just 76 yards in the second half.

Sophomore wide receiver Danny Coale had the best game of his young career, hauling in six catches for 135 yards.

Coale made several acrobatic adjustments on the ball in the air and made the catch of the day on the sideline just dragging a toe while falling out of bounds.

This group of receivers has really stepped up this season, averaging 17.2 yards per catch, their highest average since 1999.

The Hokies will now wait to find out what bowl they will end up in with the most likely option at this point being the Chick-Fil-A Bowl in Atlanta against an SEC opponent.

That would have the ACC champion going to the BCS, and the loser of Clemson-Georgia Tech headed to the Gator Bowl.

Interestingly enough, with the Georgia Tech’s loss to Georgia last weekend, the Hokies are once again the ACC’s highest ranked team at No. 11.