— Kicker Dustin Keys earned a spot in the Virginia Tech record book with a 35-yard field goal Thursday night in the third quarter of the Orange Bowl against No. 12 Cincinnati.

His kick with 8:32 left in the quarter put the Hokies ahead 13-7 and gave him 23 field goals this season, a new Hokies record for most field goals in a season. Chris Kinzer (1986) and Shayne Graham ('98) held the old record with 22.

After his record-setting kick in the third quarter, he was 23-for-29 on field-goal attempts this season. He made one of two kicks in the first half, missing a 26-yarder and nailing a 43-yarder on the last play of the half.

CHANCELLOR rebounds

Tech free safety Kam Chancellor had an up-and-down game.

After letting wide receiver Mardy Gilyard slip past him in the end zone for a 15-yard touchdown reception on the opening drive of the game, Chancellor bounced back to have two pass breakups and a near-interception in the first half. He had just three pass breakups for the season coming into the game.

Chancellor gained his second interception of the season on Cincinnati's first drive in the third quarter, but he limped off the field with an injured big toe.

READY FOR TAYLOR

Cincinnati cornerback DeAngelo Smith said he and his teammates were well-prepared to play against Tech quarterback Tyrod Taylor because they saw two mobile quarterbacks in Big East play during the season.

"We've had some experience with that this season, so we don't have any panic attacks the day of the game with scrambling QBs," said Smith, who entered the game with 50 tackles and two interceptions this season.

Cincinnati played against South Florida's Matt Grothe and West Virginia's Pat White this season. White played fairly well, but neither quarterback had a memorable game.

Grothe completed 13 of 31 passes for 174 yards and three interceptions, and ran eight times for 54 yards in Cincinnati's 24-10 win. In Cincinnati's 26-23 overtime win at West Virginia, White completed 20 of 38 passes for 219 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. He also had 20 carries for 41 yards.

PIKE'S ARM

Despite missing 21/2 games in the middle of the season with a broken left (non-throwing) arm, Cincinnati quarterback Tony Pike said he hasn't had much trouble with it. He has been back on the field since Oct. 25 at Connecticut.

"It gave me a little problem during the UConn game, but that was really it," said Pike, who had to leave the UConn game after the first half due to numbness in the fingers of his left hand. "It's really given me no problems. The training staff has done a great job wrapping it up. I still wear a pad."

ODDS AND ENDS

Tech running back Darren Evans and Cincinnati tight end Adrien Robinson played together at Warren Central High in Indianapolis. … Defensive end Khalil Latif, a 6-foot-2, 269-pound redshirt freshman, was on Tech's dress squad Thursday for the second time this season. … Tech's trips to the Orange Bowl in the past two years have included a heavy dose of 1970s and early '80s classic rock. The Doobie Brothers entertained fans Thursday night at halftime. In last season's Orange Bowl, ZZ Top performed at halftime. … Tech dressed 64 players for the game, including just 12 seniors. The Hokies had 18 starters with eligibility remaining who could return next season.