2006 Gator Bowl

Virginia Tech 35, Louisville 24

January 2, 2006 | Jacksonville, Fla. (63,780)

Best remembered for the Dirty play of Marcus Vick stomping on Elvis Dumervil

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Virginia Tech had a much

better experience in the River City this time around.

Marcus Vick threw two touchdown passes and the 12thranked

Hokies rallied to beat No. 15 Louisville 35-24

in the Gator Bowl. Virginia Tech overcame numerous

penalties, the absence of a key offensive lineman and

the ejection of a defensive leader to rebound from a

surprising loss to Florida State on the same field in the

Atlantic Coast Conference championship game. The

Hokies scored on three consecutive possessions in the

second half, turning a 17-10 deficit into a 28-24 lead.

James Anderson sealed the victory when he intercepted

Hunter Cantwell’s pass and returned it 39 yards for a

touchdown with 5:04 to play. Vick was huge in directing

the comeback, which snapped a five-game winning

streak for Louisville. He completed a 54-yard pass to

David Clowney, and Cedric Humes scored on the next

play from 24 yards. Chris Ellis sacked Cantwell on the

ensuing drive and knocked the ball loose. Anderson recovered

near midfield, and Vick did the rest.He threw

two deep passes that might have been caught if not for

pass interference penalties. Two plays later, he found Jeff

King for the go-ahead score.

1 2 3 4 F

Louisville 14 3 0 7 24

Virginia Tech 3 7 3 22 35

Scoring Summary

UL — Urrutia 11-pass from Cantwell (Carmody kick),

VT — Pace 36-yd field goal

UL — Tinch 39-yd pass from Cantwell (Carmody kick)

VT — Harper 33-yd pass from Vick (Pace kick)

UL — Carmody 35-yd field goal

VT— Pace 28-yd field goal

UL — Barnidge 29-yd pass from Cantwell (Carmody kick)

VT — Humes 24-yd run (Morgan pass)

VT — King 5-yd pass from Vick (Pace kick)

VT — Anderson 39-yd interception return (Pace kick)

Category UL VT

First Downs 20 21

Rushes-Att-Yds 30-127 48-187

Passing Yards 216 203

Total Offense 343 390

Passes Cmp-Att-Int 15-37-3 11-21-0

Fumbles-Lost 1-1 2-0

Penalties 5-49 7-93

Sacks By 3-28 4-30

3rd Down Conv. 5-15 5-14

4th Down Conv. 1-2 1-1

Time of Possession 23:39 36:21

Individual Statistics

Rushing: (LOU) Bush 16-94-0, Smith 3-32-0,

Douglas 2-24-0, Stripling 3-13-0. (VT) Humes 22-113-1,

Ore 11-56-0, Harper 1-10-0, Vick 13-10-0

Passing: (LOU) Cantwell 15-37-3-216-3.

(VT) Vick 11-21-0-203-2

Receiving: (LOU) Urrutia 6-95-1, Tinch 3-55-1,

Jones 3-22-0, Barnidge 1-29-1, Bush 1-8-0,

Douglas 1-7-0. (VT) King 3-27-1, Clowney 2-69-0,

Harper 2-62-1, Hyman 2-44-0, Royal 2-1-0

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