Final: Virginia Tech 20, Cincinnati 7

January, 2, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Brian Bennett

MIAMI -- Cincinnati had a great year. It did not have a great finish.

The Bearcats scored on their first possession and then never again, as Virginia Tech's defense overpowered them in a 20-7 Hokies win at the FedEx Orange Bowl. Quarterback Tony Pike threw four interceptions -- and could have easily had five if not for a replay overturn -- and he was stopped at the goal line in the fourth quarter on a fourth down run from inside the 1 yard line.

Virginia Tech earned a little ACC pride, snapping the league's streak of eight straight BCS losses. Tyrod Taylor and Darren Evans each had big games to power an offense that performed better than most expected.

It wasn't Cincinnati's finest hour -- the Bearcats had a season-low point total and made some costly mistakes -- but give most of the credit to Bud Foster and the Hokies' defense.

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