College Football
Cincinnati vs Virginia Tech
When: 1:00 PM ET, Saturday, December 27, 2014
Where: Navy Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, Annapolis, Maryland


1. Virginia Tech will test its stingy defense against a high-powered Cincinnati offense, led by quarterback Gunner Kiel, in the Military Bowl at Annapolis, Md. The Hokies are allowing 20.4 points per contest while the Bearcats stand 13th in the nation in passing offense as Kiel boasts 3,010 yards through the air and 30 touchdown passes. Cincinnati looks to extend its winning streak to eight games and Virginia Tech needs a victory to avoid its first losing season since 1992.

2. The Bearcats have won at least nine games for the fourth consecutive season and attempt to win their third bowl in that span while avenging a 20-7 loss to Virginia Tech in the 2008 Orange Bowl. Cincinnati, which shared the American Athletic Conference title, is 8-7 all time in bowls after losing to North Carolina 39-17 in last year’s Belk Bowl. The Bearcats are averaging 37.1 points during their win streak, which began after consecutive losses to Ohio State, Memphis and Miami (Fla.).

3. The Hokies plays in their 22nd straight bowl game, the second-longest streak in the nation behind Florida State (33), and needed a 24-20 victory over Virginia in the regular-season finale to extend it. Virginia Tech, which is 5-5 all time against Cincinnati, won at No. 4 Ohio State on Sept. 6 before losing five of its next seven games. The Hokies are 9-12 during their bowl streak, 21-17 over their last three seasons combined and coach Frank Beamer could need a victory to cool off his seat for 2015.

TV: 1 p.m. ET, ESPN. LINE: Cincinnati -3

ABOUT CINCINNATI (9-3, 7-1 AAC): Kiel threw for six touchdowns and had just one interception in the last three games as the Bearcats kept rolling after a stirring 54-46 victory over East Carolina. Mike Boone leads Cincinnati in rushing with 601 yards and nine TDs while Kiel has five receivers who totaled at least 400 yards, led by Mekale McKay (42 catches, 690 yards, eight TDs) and Shaq Washington (61, 661, four). The Bearcats boast 32 sacks with defensive end Terrell Hartsfield (eight) and linebacker Jeff Luc (6.5) leading the way.

ABOUT VIRGINIA TECH (6-6, 3-5 ACC): The Hokies allowed only 42 points combined in the last three games and senior rover back Kyshoen Jarrett has played a big part for an improved defense with a team-high 86 tackles and three interceptions. Quarterback Michael Brewer threw 11 interceptions over the first six games of the campaign and three in the final six while tossing six TD passes in the last four. J.C. Coleman totaled 311 yards rushing the last three contests and Isaiah Ford (53 receptions, 665 yards, six TDs) is Brewer’s top target.

PREDICTION: Virginia Tech 27, Cincinnati 24

Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk PF PA Home Away Grass Turf Conf
Cincinnati 9-3 W7 35.4 26.8 5-1 4-2 2-1 0-0 7-1
Virginia Tech 6-6 W1 23.3 20.4 3-4 3-2 5-5 0-0 3-5
Last Meeting
Cincinnati Virginia Tech
Date Away Home Tot Rus Pas Tot Rus Pas
9/29/12 VT 24 CIN 27 495 103 392 402 160 242
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Passing Player COMP % YDS TD INT
Cincinnati M. Legaux 45.2 376 3 1
Virginia Tech L. Thomas 56.7 242 1 2
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
Cincinnati G. Winn 17 76 4.5 0
Virginia Tech M. Holmes 11 60 5.5 1
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
Cincinnati K. Thompkins 7 134 19.1 1
Virginia Tech M. Davis 5 101 20.2 0
Touchdowns Player TD
Cincinnati R. Abernathy IV 1
Virginia Tech C. Fuller 1
Passing Player COMP % YDS TD INT
Cincinnati G. Kiel 60.2 3010 30 11
Virginia Tech M. Brewer 59.5 2598 17 14
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
Cincinnati M. Boone 91 601 6.6 9
Virginia Tech M. Williams 123 471 3.8 4
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
Cincinnati M. McKay 42 695 16.5 8
Virginia Tech I. Ford 53 665 12.5 6
Touchdowns Player TD
Cincinnati M. Boone 9
Virginia Tech B. Hodges 7
Quickchart Matchup
Cincinnati Off vs  Virginia Tech Def
458.6 yards
331.7 yards
4.5 yards/rush
3.9 yards/rush
8 yards/attempt
6.5 yards/attempt
Virginia Tech Off vs  Cincinnati Def
367.6 yards
449.1 yards
3.7 yards/rush
4.8 yards/rush
6.3 yards/attempt
7.5 yards/attempt