Vols lose Chick-fil-A Bowl 37-14 to Virginia Tech

Vols lose Chick-fil-A Bowl 37-14 to Virginia Tech

Posted: Updated: Dec 31, 2009 11:10 PM EST
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By MARK NAGI
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ATLANTA, Ga. (WATE) -- The Vols are happy to say goodbye to Atlanta.

Tennessee lost 37-14 to 12th-ranked Virginia Tech on New Year's Eve at the Chick-fil-A Bowl.

This decade, the Vols are 0-6 in games played in the Georgia Dome.

The Hokies jumped out to a 14-0 lead on two short touchdown runs from redshirt freshman Ryan Williams.

Williams had 117 yards rushing and two touchdowns to become Virginia Tech's single-season rushing leader with 1,655 yards. He also set Atlantic Coast Conference records with 21 rushing touchdowns and 22 total touchdowns this season. 

The Vols (7-6) battled back to tie the game late in the second quarter.  Montario Hardesty had a four yard touchdown run, which was followed by a two yard touchdown pass from Jonathan Crompton to Denarius Moore with 18 seconds to go in the half.

The Hokies stunned the Vols with a 63 yard pass from Tyrod Taylor to Jarrett Boykin, all the way down to the Tennessee 4 yard line.  A chip shot field goal gave Virginia Tech a 17-14 halftime advantage.

The first scoring of the second half was done by the Hokies.  On a drive in which Williams ran for 78 yards, Taylor sneaked over the goalline from a yard away, to give Virginia Tech a 24-14 lead.

Tennessee failed to score in the second half and finished the game with only 9 yards rushing.

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