THE SKINNY: The Hurricanes, aided by Hokies receiver Ernest Wilfords drop of a tying-two-point conversion pass with six minutes left, punched its ticket to the Rose Bowl and the national championship game with the squeaker in Blacksburg. Clinton Portis carried the load with 36 rushes for 124 yards. Ed Reed ended any threat of a final comeback when he intercepted Grant Noel in the waning moments. QUOTABLE: We went from 5-6 in 1997 to this. To do what we did ... I'm so thankful. Running back Najeh Davenport. PICTURED: Jerome McDougle plows into Virginia Tech quarterback Grant Noel, forcing a fumble.