Both teams pay tribute to UVA victims as Hokies defeat Liberty, 23-22

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Published: Nov. 19, 2022 at 3:52 PM EST
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LYNCHBURG, Va. (WDBJ) - On a day filled with plenty of emotion before either team took the field, the Hokies went on to defeat Liberty, 23-22.

Saturday’s thoughts belonged to solidarity with the UVA community after the November 13 shooting that left three football players dead and two other people injured.

Families, friends, and fans gathering in fellowship before the big game. Tailgaters lined the campus of Liberty University, many displaying support for the Hoos.

Fans say this was a game they had anticipated for a long time.

“I’m hoping we have a little fire power today cause Liberty’s got a good team this year. We’re struggling but I’m cautiously optimistic,” said John Booth, Virginia Tech alum and fan.

“Liberty and Virginia Tech is actually becoming a big rivalry because Virginia Tech is no longer the powerhouse of the state. The Flames are, baby, and we’re here to stay,” added Daniel Hinkley, Liberty University fan.

Jalen Holston rushed for three touchdowns and 99 yards to lead Virginia Tech to the victory.

Johnathan Bennett punched in one touchdown on the ground for Liberty.