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2009 Chick-fil-A Bowl
Bowl Game
Logo for the 2008 Chick-fil-A Bowl
Chick-fil-A Bowl logo
1 2 3 4 Total
Virginia Tech 7 10 7 13 37
Tennessee 0 14 0 0 14
Date December 31, 2009
Season 2009
Stadium Georgia Dome
Location Atlanta, Georgia
MVP RB Ryan Williams (Virginia Tech)
Favorite Virginia Tech −4.5
Referee Ed Ardito (Conference USA)
Attendance 73,777
Payout US$3,250,000 (ACC) (As of 2006)
US$2,400,000 (SEC) (As of 2006)
United States TV coverage
Network ESPN
Announcers Sean McDonough
Matt Millen
Holly Rowe
Nielsen Ratings 4.2[1]
Chick-fil-A Bowl
 < 2008  2010

The 2009 Chick-fil-A Bowl was the forty-second edition of the college football bowl game, and was played at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Georgia. Virginia Tech defeated Tennessee 37-14.

The two teams previously met in the 1994 Gator Bowl, which the Volunteers won 45-23. Virginia Tech played in the Chick-fil-A Bowl in 2006, losing to Georgia 31-24, and made this its fourth appearance in the bowl. It was Tennessee's fifth appearance, and the Volunteers had most recently lost to Clemson in 2004 27-14. Before this loss, Tennessee was 25-22 in bowl games and ranks third in the nation in appearances. Virginia Tech is 8-14 in bowl games. The Volunteers return to the postseason in Lane Kiffin's first season as coach and after an unusual absence last season.[2]

This was the eighth overall meeting between the two schools. Tennessee held a 5-2 advantage in the series, however prior to the 1994 game the last meeting between them was in 1937.


Game Summary

Ryan Williams capped a brilliant first season with a record-setting game, running for two touchdowns to power Virginia Tech past Tennessee 37-14 in the Chick-fil-A Bowl on Thursday night. The Hokies (10-3) took the lead with a field goal in the final seconds of the first half and outscored Tennessee 20-0 in the second half on their way to a sixth straight 10-win season. The only team with a longer active streak is Texas with nine. Williams, a redshirt freshman, had 117 yards rushing to become Virginia Tech’s single-season rushing leader with 1,655 yards. Williams also set Atlantic Coast Conference records with 21 rushing touchdowns and 22 total touchdowns this season. Tennessee’s star running back, Montario Hardesty, could not keep up with Williams. The Volunteers’ senior had 18 carries for 39 yards and a touchdown. The Hokies outrushed Tennessee (7-6) 229-5. Tennessee was hurt by two turnovers which led to 10 points for Virginia Tech, and a dropped pass that cost them a touchdown. Rashad Carmichael intercepted a pass by Jonathan Crompton in the first quarter to set up Williams’ first touchdown run. Crompton fumbled when sacked by Nekos Brown late in the fourth quarter. John Graves recovered at the Tennessee 13 to set up Matt Waldron’s third field goal, a 22-yarder. Virginia Tech players dumped a cooler of water on coach Frank Beamer seconds later. Virginia Tech fans in the sellout crowd of 73,777 cheered, and Beamer raised his fists in response. Williams sat out the fourth quarter after an apparent left ankle injury. Virginia Tech fans cheered when Williams left the trainer’s table and ran on the sideline, but Beamer gave the fourth-quarter carries to Josh Oglesby and David Wilson. Wilson had a 3-yard touchdown run with 5:14 remaining. Williams needed 109 yards rushing to pass Kevin Jones’ school-record record 1,647 yards in 2003. North Carolina’s Don McCauley held the ACC marks with 19 rushing touchdowns and 21 total in 1970. Clemson’s C.J. Spiller matched the total touchdown mark this season. Georgia Tech’s Robert Lavette also rushed for 19 touchdowns in 1982. Williams passed Jones with his seventh carry of an eight-play touchdown drive in the third quarter. He had long runs of 21 and 32 yards in the drive before setting the record on a 6-yard run to the 3. Tyrod Taylor scored from the 1 for a 24-14 lead. Taylor completed 10 of 17 passes for 201 yards with an interception. Crompton completed 15 of 26 passes for 235 yards with a touchdown and an interception. Waldron, who had a 21-yard field goal at the end of the first half, added a 46-yarder—the longest of his career—to push the lead to 27-14 early in the fourth quarter. Tennessee’s had a chance to get back into it, but wide-open Denarius Moore dropped a deep pass from Crompton on the Volunteers’ next drive. Williams’ third-down run from the 1 gave the Hokies a 7-0 lead. Williams scored again, this time from the 3, to push the lead to 14-0 in the second quarter. Tennessee then took the momentum. Hardesty ran through 301-pound defensive tackle Cordarrow Thompson’s tackle for a 4-yard run to cap an 80-yard drive. Janzen Jackson’s interception set up Crompton’s 2-yard touchdown pass to Moore with 18 seconds remaining in the first half. Instead of running out the clock, Taylor threw from his 33 to Jarrett Boykin, who was stopped inside the Volunteers’ 5 as the clock apparently expired. Tennessee players left the field but were summoned back as a video review showed Boykin’s knee hit the ground with 2 seconds remaining. Waldron’s 21-yard field goal gave Virginia Tech a 17-14 halftime lead. The Hokies, who won the Orange Bowl last season, have back-to-back bowl wins for the first time in school history.

Scoring Summary

Scoring Play Score
1st Quarter
VT — Ryan Williams 1 yard rush (Matt Waldron kick), 6:56 VT 7-0
2nd Quarter
VT — Ryan Williams 3 yard rush (Matt Waldron kick), 11:56 VT 14-0
TE — Montario Hardesty 4 yard rush (Devin Mathis kick), 6:43 VT 14-7
TE — Jonathan Crompton 2 yard pass to Denarius Moore (Devin Mathis kick), 0:18 TIE 14-14
VT — Matt Waldron 21 yard field goal, 0:00 VT 17-14
3rd Quarter
VT - Tyrod Taylor 1 yard rush (Matt Waldron kick), 8:42 VT - 24-14
4th Quarter
VT - Matt Waldron 46 yard field goal, 13:33 VT - 27-14
VT - David Wilson 3 yard rush (Matt Waldron kick), 5:14 VT - 34-14
VT - Matt Waldron 22 yard field goal, 2:38 VT - 37-14


  1. ^ Jon Solomon, 2009-10 Bowl TV Ratings], The Birmingham News, January 13, 2010
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