Hokie defense comes up big in bowl game win

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WAVY) – It was an up-and-down season for Virginia Tech in a myriad of ways. For one, with the team’s 6-6 regular season record aside, the vaunted “Lunch Pail” defense looked anything but a certain points. But it showed up when it needed to and put on a second-half display that made defensive coordinator Bud Foster proud.

“We felt like today could be a day that we may bend a little bit but we didn’t want to break,” said Foster after his team’s 33-17 Military Bowl win over Cincinnati. His unit allowed over 300 yards off offense in the first half, but nabbed two interceptions and yielded just 10 first-half points.

The Hokies (7-6) head into the offseason having given Frank Beamer his 10th bowl win, even though he had to enjoy it from the press box still recovering from throat surgery. “We talked about it all week that we’re going to play this game for the seniors and for Coach Beamer,” said junior quarterback Michael Brewer, who finished the game with 94 yards passing, a touchdown and an interception.

“He’s an incredible man, and incredible coach and I know he was in a lot of pain but he gutted it out and made the trip. We’re happy for him.”

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