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Thursday, January 1, 2009
Third quarter: Virginia Tech 13, Cincinnati 7


Posted by ESPN.com's Brian Bennett

MIAMI -- The lead is only six points with a quarter to play, but Virginia Tech seems to be in full control of things.

Cincinnati managed just 39 yards in the third quarter, and basically went the entire quarter -- from the end of the half to late in the third -- running just two plays. Tony Pike threw another interception, on another terrific play by a Hokies defensive back (this time safety Kam Chancellor).

Meanwhile, Virginia Tech is far more physical on both sides, and the Bearcats defense looks like it's starting to wear down against the power running of Darren Evans, who's gone over 100 yards.

Unless Cincinnati can get a big play on defense or find some spark on offense, it's going to watch Virginia Tech grind out a much-needed BCS victory for the ACC.

The attendance tonight was announced at 57,851, which means there were about 16,000 no-shows at Dolphin Stadium.