The Orange Bowl took the time Thursday to bestow Hall of Fame honors on the 25 men who founded a little winter gathering of ''football in the tropics'' 75 years ago.
Cincinnati opens the game up with a bang on the first quarter, 7-0, Cincinnati , scoring just two minutes into regulation. Bearcat quarterback Tony Pike found wide receiver Mardy Gilyard getting one foot in bounds and hauling in the quick score from 15 yards out.
Second Quarter, tied up 7-7, The Hokies venture 73 yards on nine plays following a missed field goal try by the Bearcats. Tyrod Taylor caps the drive with an elusive 17-yard touchdown run on third down.
Both teams trade off interceptions, 10-7 Hokies at halftime. The Hokie placekicker earlier missed a try from 26 yards out.
13-7, Tech builds their lead to the third quarter. The 12-play possession took 6:25 off the Dolphin Stadium clock.
Fourth Quarter, Orion Martin gets a crucial pick deep in Cincinnati territory. On third down, running back Darren Evans continues a solid second half with a third down touchdown run. The Hokies open up to a 20-7 advantage with about 11 minutes to go.
``One win or loss won't take away from the work,'' Kelly said. ``It's winning. Winning changes perceptions (and) 21 wins over the past two years is a good start. ... So this is a journey. This is a process for us. We think we've made great strides. There's a long road ahead of us that we'll have to continue to work on.
The Orange Bowl lived up to its billing as the least attractive of the five B.C.S. games. And while the score remained close for most of the game, the matchup lacked sizzle.