Virginia Tech vs. Tulsa: Independence Bowl Recap, Score, Key Stats

    Virginia Tech vs, Tulsa Independence Bowl recap, score and what's next for the Hokies and Golden Hurricane.

    December 25, 2015

    Virginia Tech vs. Tulsa Camping World Independence Bowl recap, score and key stats for the Hokies and Golden Hurricane.

    Camping World Independence Bowl Recap

    Score: Virginia Tech 55, Tulsa 52

    Prediction: Virginia Tech 41, Tulsa 27, Line: Virginia Tech -13.5, o/u: 61.5

    And You Care Because … Frank Beamer’s final game was certainly interesting. Virginia Tech was coasting along with a 52-31 lead late in the third quarter, but Tulsa came roaring back with Dane Evans running for a touchdown and throwing two scoring passes to pull the team within three, but the Hokies were able to hold on. Tech got a huge day out of the passing game with Isaiah Ford going off for 227 receiving yards and a 75-yard touchdown, but Tulsa didn’t quit. Evans threw three touchdown passes and D’Angelo Brewer ran for a 48-yard score and took off for a ten-yard touchdown – it wasn’t quite enough. Fittingly, the Beamer era finish was helped by a big special teams play, getting a 67-yard punt return for a score from Greg Stroman. The Hokies finished with 598 yards of total offense, Tulsa 563.

    What Else?

    – Virginia Tech QB Michael Brewer completed 23-of-37 passes for 344 yards and a score with a pick.

    – Virginia Tech WR Isaiah Ford caught 12 passes for 227 yards and a score.

    – Tulsa WR Joshua Atkinson caught 11 passes for 139 yards and a score, Keyarris Garrett caught eight passes for 137 yards and a touchdown.

    – Tulsa QB Dane Evans completed 27-of-44 passes for 374 yards and three scores, and ran 12 times for 18 yards and a touchdown.

    – Virginia Tech’s Greg Stroman returned four punts for 132 yards and a score.

    – Third Down Conversions: Virginia Tech 8-of-14 – Tulsa 5-of-16

    Game Rating: A. It wasn’t just a wild game to close out a legendary coaching career, it was a great bowl game from the start. Tulsa kept the offense rolling and never gave up, while Virginia Tech cranked up the offense to a whole other level. It’s what you want a bowl game to be like.

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