CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- Throughout the week, Virginia tech coaches and players made it a point to say that they wouldn't pay attention to the outcome of the Duke/North Carolina game, even if the Hokies needed a Blue Devils loss to have a chance at the ACC Championship game.
It worked for coach Frank Beamer. According to Beamer, it wasn't until after the game that he was told the score.
But that wasn't the same for everyone else. Senior quarterback Logan Thomas said he noticed the score on the jumbotron in the first quarter. But while other players said the score didn't affect their play, it was still tough to watch the Hokies and Cavaliers at points, especially in the second half.
Virginia Tech had an impressive first half, but neither team accomplished much after halftime. The Hokies had 364 yards of total offense, but just 111 in the second half.
Still, the Cavaliers weren't much better, with just 120 yards in the second half. But with a few key sacks and an interception by Kendall Fuller, Virginia Tech did what it needed to hold off Virginia.
The Hokies will still be headed to a bowl game, they just won't be headed through the ACC Championship game first.