Hokies hold Cavs to 112 yards, 5 first downs in shutout

BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) -- In a scoreless first half, Virginia Tech linebacker Xavier Adibi saw opportunity awaiting as Virginia lined up for a third-and-5.

The Hokies had called a blitz, and the Cavaliers were lining up with five receivers and no backs to pick up the rush.

"They had to let somebody loose, so I came free and made a play," Adibi said. "I love seeing that -- when we have a blitz coming and there's no backs in the backfield."

Adibi sacked Jameel Sewell and forced a fumble that set up George Bell's 1-yard TD dive and the 17th-ranked Hokies were on their way to a 17-0 victory over Virginia on Saturday.

The Cavs gained just 112 yards and managed only five first downs.

Sewell, who picked apart Miami's highly ranked defense last week in Virginia's 17-7 victory, took the blame after he was 10-for-21 for 66 yards with a late interception.

"It's not the way we're supposed to play regardless of how young everyone wants to say the quarterback is," the redshirt freshman said after his ninth start. "I'm not a young quarterback any more. I've started more than three games. I'm considered a vet."

The Hokies also played with a first-year quarterback. Sean Glennon had said the game was a chance to show Virginia it made a mistake by not offering him a scholarship. After a shaky start, he finished 12-for-18 for 146 yards and a touchdown.

"I don't know if I was nervous, but I was like, 'We can't lose to UVa. It can't happen,'" Glennon said. "I was a little on edge. I didn't want to lose this one."

He made sure they didn't by also hurting Virginia with his feet.

"We were disruptive, but we weren't quite there," said Virginia defensive end Chris Long said, who ran by Glennon more than once. "At the end of the day, it's on us."

On the drive to the field goal that made it 10-0, Glennon sidestepped cornerback Marcus Hamilton in the backfield and ran for 19 yards before being hit by safety Byron Glasby, who drew a 15-yard personal foul. That moved the ball to the Cavs' 14.

"He knows what needs to get done and he did a good job of getting it done in the second half," coach Frank Beamer said. "That was without question a big, big play."

Three plays later, Brandon Pace kicked a 23-yarder.

"I thought the way that game was going, if you get to two scores, you were in control," Beamer said.

Glennon hit Eddie Royal for a 49-yard TD as Virginia Tech outgained the Cavaliers 160-12 in the third quarter and salted away its seventh victory in the last eight games in the series, its fourth shutout this year and third straight 10-win season.

Not bad for a team that dropped from 11th to out of the polls after two consecutive lopsided losses, forcing some introspection that drove the dramatic turnaround.

"After those two losses, the season could have went either really bad or we could have stepped it up and finished strong, and that's exactly what we did," said Carlton Powell, who recovered the game-changing fumble late in the first half.

The Hokies have won six in a row by a combined 144-29.

Virginia Tech (10-2, 6-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) also deprived the Cavaliers (5-7, 4-4) of a bowl chance.

Pace's field goal on the opening drive of the second half was his 22nd consecutive successful attempt.

Pace, who hadn't missed a field goal try since last season, missed a 47-yard try in the fourth quarter and finished the season having made 17-for-18 field goal tries.

Glennon was sacked for nine yards by Clint Sintim to end the Hokies first possession, and threw an ill-advised interception to end their second possession. On the play, he was flushed and scrambling to his left when he attempted to flip to ball sideways to Bell, but flipped it instead to defensive end Jeffrey Fitzgerald.

But for the sixth straight game, the Hokies held after committing a turnover and Virginia punted it back after running three plays.

Glennon rebounded to have a solid day. He capped a 6-minute, 9-play march with a short pass that Royal caught, escaped from an ankle tackle and zigzagged to the end zone.

With the Hokies defense keeping Sewell on the run and tailback Jason Snelling under wraps, the Cavaliers never threatened in their second consecutive road shutout loss.

They were beaten 33-0 at Florida State on Nov. 4, and finished 1-5 on the road.