With Clash on the horizon, UVA and VT look to turn the page from losses

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(WFXR) — It is the final week of the regular season in college football, which means it’s time for the Commonwealth Clash.

Virginia Tech is looking to defend the Cup on the road in Charlottesville on Saturday, Nov. 27 and trying to bounce back after a disappointing road trip to Miami over the weekend.

J.C. Price made his debut as Virginia Tech’s interim head coach following the departure of Justin Fuente. And the former Hokie is hoping this week, under the weight of facing a Commonwealth rival, can be somehow less eventful than what unfolded last week.

“Maybe last week, there is such a thing as a moral victory. Because those kids, everything they went through, and they fought their butts off,” Price said. “Did we play well? No and that’s my fault. But the effort was there and the want to was there. The message this week is we need to try and limit distractions. You guys have no idea what the distractions were. I don’t know if a college football team in America has had the distractions they had to deal with last week.”

On the line for the Hokies is bowl eligibility as a win will extend Tech’s season. VT was bowl eligible last season but elected not to compete in a bowl game, ending a 27-year streak.

“We all know the importance of this week — the Commonwealth Cup game, what it means to our program,” Price said. “The Cup is in our possession. We owe it to our seniors to go out and do our very best, go out and win this game. We still have a chance to extend our season. The only way to get a bowl game is to get a victory this weekend.”

Meanwhile, UVA football is trying to turn the page from losing to Pitt over the weekend. At the same time, the Wahoos will also be looking to win back the Commonwealth Cup that the Cavaliers last won in 2019 at Scott Stadium in a memorable game that snapped a 15-game losing streak in the series.

Virginia is coming off a three-game losing streak with the loss to the Panthers on Saturday, Nov. 20, ending the race for the Coastal Division title. So while Pitt will compete for an ACC championship in less than two weeks, head coach Bronco Mendenhall’s attention now turns toward winning the battle for the state. And what better venue to do that than at home on Senior Day.

“Time doesn’t slow for anyone, and when you invest as much as our program has to win the Coastal Division, the thought that now, okay, you just move on, yeah, that’s not realistic,” Mendenhall said. “But knowing here comes the next really meaningful game that has just so much meaning to our program, certainly it will help, and great lesson for us all, right, in terms of setbacks that come.”

Kickoff for the Commonwealth Clash is set for 3:45 p.m. on Saturday at Scott Stadium.

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