BLACKSBURG, Virginia (Ticker) -- Reeling Virginia Tech tries to avoid its first four-game losing streak in a decade Saturday when its hosts Virginia in the 84th meeting between the Commonwealth State rivals.
The Hokies (8-3) also will be trying to snap a two-game losing streak at Lane Stadium, normally one of the toughest venues in the country for visiting teams.
Virginia Tech continued its free fall last Wednesday, falling at home to West Virginia, 21-18. The Hokies had a chance to pull out the win, but Marcus Randall made a critical mistake, throwing an interception in the end zone with 12 seconds left.
With four minutes remaining and the Hokies trailing, 21-16, Lee Suggs was stopped behind the line on fourth-and-goal from the 1.
Suggs set an NCAA record by rushing for a touchdown in his 24th straight game, but Virginia Tech's running game was slowed down as he and Kevin Jones were held to a combined 107 yards.
Despite the loss, the Hokies remained in the rankings. They have not dropped four in a row since losing the final five games of the 1992 season.
All three losses during the slide have come against unranked opponents, and Virginia Tech figures to have another tough test this week.
Virginia (8-4) clinched second place in the Atlantic Coast Conference last week with a 48-13 rout of Maryland and is likely headed to the Peach or Tangerine Bowl.
Matt Schaub once again was on target, completing 23-of-27 passes for 279 yards and three touchdowns as Virginia tied a season high for points. The junior, who set a single-season school record for passing yards with 2,751, ranks second in the nation in completion percentage at 69.7.
Saturday's contest marks the final regular season appearance for Billy McMullen, who earlier this year passed Herman Moore to become Virginia's all-time leader in receiving yards. McMullen needs 54 yards in reach 3,000 in his career.
Virginia Tech holds a 42-36-5 in the all-time series and is seeking its first four-game winning streak over Virginia since 1980-83. The Hokies posted a 31-17 victory season, converting four turnovers into 24 points en route to a 31-0 halftime lead.