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Annapolis, MD (SportsNetwork. Brandon Allen Jersey .com) - The Cincinnati Bearcats and Virginia Tech Hokies will close out their 2014 seasons in the Military Bowl on Dec. 27, as they take the field at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. Tommy Tubervilles Bearcats closed the regular season with seven straight wins, earning a share of the American Athletic Conference crown, their fifth conference championship in the last seven years. Cincinnati opened the 2014 campaign with two straight wins, but then suffered three consecutive losses to Ohio State, Memphis and Miami-Florida. However, Tuberville righted the ship and the Bearcats responded with nothing but wins, finishing up the season at 9-3 and earning the conference title. Tuberville knows how rare conference success can be. Yeah, 2004 (at Auburn in the SEC), 10 year reunion, said Tuberville. Its been a long time. There are a lot of guys coaching in this profession that never win one. And I didnt have much to do with it, its about the players. They did a good job. Its fun to watch kids win championships. Ive been on several that have done great things like these kids did here and its satisfying to be able to watch and listen to them out there celebrating then it is thinking about yourself. Cincinnati is 8-7 all-time in bowl games and has participated in the Belk Bowl the last two seasons, beating Duke in 2012 (48-34) and losing to North Carolina (39-17) last year. Frank Beamers Hokies didnt have quite the same success in 2014. Virginia Tech was able to record a marquee win, handing Big Ten champion Ohio State its only loss of the season and in Columbus (35-21), but the Hokies really struggled to remain consistent and actually needed a 24-20 victory over rival Virginia in the regular-season finale just to become bowl eligible at 6-6. Still, the win over the Cavaliers extended Virginia Techs streak of consecutive bowl appearances to 22, the second-longest active streak in the nation. Beamer recognized this was a different kind of year for the Hokies following the win over Virginia. I really like this football team, Beamer said. I know the record hasnt been as good as some of them, but the quality of kid, the determination and the hard play - we didn?t always play well, but we played hard. I really appreciate the type of kid we have in our program and particularly this group of players. Virginia Tech is 10-17 in bowl games all-time and has lost three of its last four outings in the postseason, including a humbling 42-12 rout at the hands of UCLA in last years Sun Bowl. This marks the 11th all-time meeting between these two programs. Cincinnati tied things up at 5-5 with a 27-24 in 2012, the last time these teams met. These two teams met in the 2009 Orange Bowl, a game won by Virginia Tech, 20-7. The Bearcats are a dangerous offensive squad, ranking 24th nationally in scoring (35.4 ppg) and 27th in total offense (457.8 ypg). The teams preference for moving the football is via the pass, where Cincinnati ranked 13th nationally at a hefty 300.2 yards per game. Notre Dame transfer Gunner Kiel has settled in under center and had a tremendous sophomore season, completing 60.2 percent of his passes, for 3,019 yards and 30 touchdowns. Kiel was named an All-AAC honorable mention as a result. The key to Cincinnatis strong passing attack is an array of weapons down the field. Three players finished up with 40+ receptions, led by Shaq Washingtons 61 catches, for 661 yards and four scores. MeKale McKay (42 rec, 690 yds, 8 TDs) and Chris Moore (26 rec, 570 yds, 6 TDs) are big time playmakers as well. The UC ground game produced almost 160 yards per game this season, led by tailbacks Mike Boone (601 yards, 9 TDs) and Rod Moore (596 yards, 5 TDs). A lot of the offensive success was made possible by a strong offensive line, anchored by All-AAC first-team members Parker Ehinger (OG) and Eric Lefeld (OT). The Cincinnati defense had its ups and downs this season. The numbers overall werent anything to brag about, as the team allowed a generous 447.8 yards per game. Teams found success both running (181.5 ypg) and passing (266.3 ypg) against the Bearcats. Still, Cincinnati as a unit is capable of making big plays, with 32 sacks and 23 takeaways on the season. Two of those superb playmakers reside in Cincinnatis front seven. Former Florida State Seminole Jeff Luc was a monster for Cincinnati this season. The 6-foot-1, 256-pound senior LB posted 121 total tackles, with 9.5 TFL, 6.5 sacks and an eye popping six forced fumbled, en route to All-AAC first team honors. Joining him on that elite list is senior defensive end Terrell Hartswell, who finished with 34 tackles, 9.5 TFL, 8.0 sacks and three fumble recoveries. Other defenders of note include sophomore safety Zach Edwards (110 tackles, 1 INT) and senior linebacker Nick Temple (108 tackles, 10.5 TFL, 3.0 sacks). Offense was not Virginia Techs strength this season. The Hokies managed 23.3 ppg on a modest 367.9 ypg. Part of the problem was injuries decimating the backfield, resulting in rather bland rushing numbers. The lack of balance put a lot on quarterback Michael Brewers shoulders. He played brilliantly at times, but lacked consistency under center. Brewer completed 59.5 percent of his passes this season, for 2,598 yards and 17 touchdowns, but threw an alarming 14 interceptions as well. Still, Virginia Tech has depth at the receiver position, including Isaiah Ford (53 rec, 665 yds, 6 TDs), Willie Byrn (44 rec, 374 yds) and Bucky Hodges (42 rec, 517 yds, 7 TDs). While the Virginia Tech offense struggled at times, the defensive effort could be relied on week-in and week-out, despite injuries mounting on that side of the football as well, including losing stars like cornerback Brandon Facyson and defensive tackle Luther Maddy. Still, the Hokies ranked 17th nationally in scoring defense (20.4 ppg) and finished among the nations best in sacks with 46. A strong secondary has anchored the defensive unit in Blacksburg, highlighted by safety Kyshoen Jarrett (86 tackles, 3 INT) and cornerbacks Chuck Clark (68 tackles) and Kendall Fuller (50 tackles, 1 INT), who earned some All-America accolades, as well as being tabbed All-ACC first team. With the secondary blanketing opposing receivers, defensive ends Dadi Nicolas (63 tackles, 17.5 TFL, 9.0 sacks) and Ken Ekanem (46 tackles, 13.5 TFL, 8.5 sacks) were able to pin their ears back and get upfield. Austin Blythe Jersey . "Im proud of him," Jones said in an interview from Sacramento, site of the UFCs weekend televised card. "I think hes listening to his body and hes doing what makes him happy and thats what life is about ultimately. Sean Mannion Jersey . On Saturday, the paths of Drew Tate and Kevin Glenn cross again as opposing quarterbacks. . The second-ranked Jayhawks will play the Miners of Texas-El Paso at Imperial Arena in the Bahamas. The game can be seen live on TSN2 starting at 7pm et/4pm pt.NEW YORK -- Playing in prime time on national television against an AL East rival, the big names in the middle of Bostons lineup delivered. David Ortiz hit his 450th homer, a colossal three-run drive, and Dustin Pedroia had three RBIs during his second consecutive three-hit game to lead the Red Sox over the New York Yankees 8-5 Sunday night. "To get to where we want to be, those guys are going to have to drive the bus," winning pitcher John Lackey said. "You need the parts to do well, too, but theyre kind of the engine that runs this thing." Lackey (9-5) laboured through five innings before four Red Sox relievers pitched shutout ball the rest of the way. Held to two runs in the first two games of the series, Boston took two of three anyway to finish a 4-6 road trip and improve to 6-13 away from home this month. "Anytime you win a series on the road, particularly against a team thats ahead of us, these are key," manager John Farrell said. Mark Teixeira and Carlos Beltran (three hits) homered for the Yankees, who have dropped six of eight. Rookie right-hander Chase Whitley (3-2) struggled for the second straight start, allowing five runs and eight hits in four-plus innings, as six New York pitchers combined for eight walks. "Youre behind in the count, youre walking people and giving them extra baserunners, it usually leads to damage," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. Koji Uehara worked a perfect ninth for his 18th save in 19 attempts. After averaging 2 hours, 45 minutes in the first two meetings this weekend, the longtime rivals were back to their usual plodding ways in a game that took 3:38. Pedroia made a diving play at second base to limit a Yankees rally, and centre fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. threw out Beltran at the plate to keep the score 8-5 in the sixth. It was Bradleys ninth assist of the season. "Changed the momentum of the game," Farrell said. Pedroia bounced a hit-and-run single through the right side in the third, and Ortiz was booed by the sellout crowd of 48,124 as he stepped to the plate. The slugger answered with a long drive well into the raised bleachers in right-centre to make it 4-0. Ortiz tossed his bat aside and took his time on a wide trot around the bases, saluting his family in the stands as he approached third base. "My son, he always eenjoys watching daddy go deep. Sam Shields Jersey. He was dancing," Ortiz said. The home run put Big Papi in sole possession of 37th place on the career list, two behind Adam Dunn and Red Sox Hall of Famer Carl Yastrzemski. "Pretty cool," Ortiz said. Handed a comfortable cushion, Lackey grew frustrated and shook his head as Brett Gardner and Derek Jeter fouled off pitch after pitch in the third. They combined to see 21 pitches in consecutive at-bats, and Lackey screamed, cursed and gestured wildly when Jeter grounded an RBI single to right. "Thats going to take its toll," Farrell said. Perhaps worn down a bit, Lackey gave up solo homers to Teixeira and Beltran in the fourth, cutting it to 4-3. Whitley and reliever Shawn Kelley threw 10 straight balls to begin the fifth, combining to walk the bases loaded with none out. Pedroia blooped a two-run single and later stayed in a rundown long enough for Daniel Nava to score from third. "Im most frustrated with the pitch to Ortiz, obviously, and the walk to Bradley that set up the fifth. That was unacceptable," Whitley said. Ichiro Suzuki tripled to spark a two-run rally in the bottom half. He scored on Gardners double. Pedroias sacrifice fly made it 8-5 in the sixth. Mike Napoli doubled to start the second and scored on a single by slumping Stephen Drew, his second RBI in 57 at-bats this season. Touted prospect Mookie Betts made his major league debut for Boston in right field. With his parents and fiancee in the stands, the 21-year-old Betts grounded into a double play his first time up but singled in the fourth for his first hit. Jeter tossed the souvenir ball to a Red Sox bat boy, and Betts was promptly caught stealing. "It was great," Betts said, acknowledging he felt some jitters during his first at-bat. "Im not one to put any extra pressure on myself." NOTES: Rookie SS-3B Xander Bogaerts, in a 2-for-35 slump, was left out of the Red Sox lineup. ... Boston is 27-26 at the current Yankee Stadium, the best winning percentage for any visiting AL team. ... Red Sox RHP Jake Peavy (1-6, 4.93 ERA) starts Monday night at Fenway Park against Cubs RHP Jake Arrieta (4-1, 2.05). ... Before this weekend, the last time the Yankees and Red Sox played consecutive games in 2:47 or less was April 2001. Jerseys NFL China Cheap Adidas NHL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys From China Cheap MLB Jerseys Wholesale China Jerseys NFL Jerseys China Discount Soccer Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys China China NCAA Jerseys Cheap Cheap Nike Dolphins Jerseys Cheap Nike Patriots Jerseys Cheap Nike Jets Jerseys Cheap Nike Bengals Jerseys Cheap Nike Browns Jerseys Cheap Nike Steelers Jerseys Cheap Nike Texans Jerseys Cheap Nike Colts Jerseys Cheap Nike Jaguars Jerseys Cheap Nike Titans Jerseys Cheap Nike Broncos Jerseys ' ' '

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