BLACKSBURG, Virginia (Ticker) -- Lee Suggs had a day to remember, and Virginia Tech was able to end a slide it would just as soon forget.
Suggs ran for 108 yards and two touchdowns in his final collegiate home game and 19th-ranked Virginia Tech snapped a three-game losing streak with a 21-9 win over Virginia in the annual battle for the Commonwealth Cup.
The Hokies (9-3) were in the middle of the national title chase before losing to Pittsburgh, Syracuse and West Virginia. Only a big game from Suggs kept Virginia Tech from its first-four game losing streak since 1992.
"For our guys to hang in there and come back and beat a quality team like Virginia, I think it says a lot about our players and what they're about," Hokies coach Frank Beamer said. "I think it's a big win for the Big East Conference. Our three losses are in the conference. I think we have a really strong league."
After receiving a warm ovation on a snowy day at Lane Stadium, Suggs scored on a four-yard run in the second quarter and iced the victory with a six-yard TD run in the fourth. Suggs has scored a touchdown in 25 straight games, extending his own NCAA record.
Kevin Jones added 91 yards on 15 carries and Virginia Tech gained 272 yards on the ground.
"You have to recognize the great job Suggs and Jones did, particularly Lee Suggs, who obviously is a kid with great heart," Virginia coach Al Groh said. "He gives a lot of heart to their team."
The Hokies might be headed to the Insight Bowl on December 26, but still can play a role in the national title chase. They visit Miami next week and can throw the Bowl Championship Series into chaos with a victory over the top-ranked Hurricanes.
Freshman Wali Lundy carried 29 times for 127 yards for Virginia (8-5), which is likely headed for the Tangerine Bowl.
"I thought Lundy played well today," Groh said. "We were able to get some things going in the running game that enabled us to stay in the game for quite some time. We needed to do a better job of finishing off our drives if that yardage was going to add up to enough."
Special teams again played a key role for the Hokies, who blocked their seventh kick of the season. Darryl Tapp returned a blocked punt 11 yards for a score to give Virginia Tech a 7-3 lead early in the second quarter.
"I think (the blocked punt) was a great boost," Beamer said. "We practiced scooping the ball up, take your time to scoop it up and everybody else block."
Suggs made it 14-3 with his four-yard run that capped a nine-play, 61-yard drive and included a 20-yard pass from Bryan Randall to Ernest Wilford.
Randall completed just 5-of-11 passes for 85 yards.
Virginia was able to get back in the game when Jones fumbled at his own 29 and Matt Schaub capitalized with a 15-yard touchdown pass to Heath Miller early in the third quarter.
Schaub completed 12-of-23 passes for just 43 yards and threw an interception in Hokie territory late in the third quarter.
Jones had a 20-yard run in the fourth quarter as part of a six-play, 44-yard drive that ended with a six-yard TD run by Suggs.
Virginia Tech defeated Virginia for the fourth straight time and leads the Commonwealth Cup series, 43-36-5, something that was not lost on Beamer.
"We've got a lot of recruits here tonight. We battle Virginia on some of the recruits," Beamer said.