Coming up on News 7-
Football fans braved the cold for a hot matchup between Tech and UVA.
We'll wrap up the rivalry inside and outside the stadium.
Plus, the Ukraine could be in for another presidential election now that the most recent vote's been declared invalid.
And protestors cry out for Santa's rights.
News 7 is next.
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Instead of Cavaliers dining on leftover turkey, the Hokies make a meal of the Wahoos in Blacksburg.
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Good evening, I'm Shannon Young, in for Myranda Stephens.
Virginia Tech clinched at least a share of the ACC Championship yesterday with a come from behind win, 24-to-10, over arch rival U-V-A.
Mike Stevens has more on a team that is quickly becoming one of the most loved in Tech history.
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(( The biggest reason they came up short, was because Bryan Randall played huge.
In the final home game of his career, Randall channeled the emotion of Senior Day into his play.
The Williamsburg native rushed for 30 yards and passed for 200 more, hitting 16 of 22 passes for two second half touchdowns.))
Before the Hokies and 'Hoos squared off on the field, fans traded friendly verbal jabs in the parking lot.
Jeremy Butterfield explains.
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[OUT Q=Jeremy Butterfield, News7, Blacksburg.]
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((NAT SOUND OF THE CHEERS))
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Hokie and Cavalier fans are no strangers to the pregame tradition of tailgating.
While the teams prepared in the locker rooms the fans were up early to fill the parking lots.
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((BRIAN ALTHERR:I GOT HERE AT 2:30 THIS MORNING.))
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[IN Q=We got here]
((CHAD SCRUGGS:WE GOT HERE ABOUT 7:45 THIS MORNING.))
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((JOHN GALLUP:WE GOT HERE AT TEN O'CLOCK THIS MORNING.))
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A sea of Hokie maroon and Wahoo orange were cooking up a storm as they prepared for the important game ahead.
[IN Q=Today we got a venison theme.]
((CHAD SCRUGGS:TODAY WE GOT A VENISON THEME. WE GOT VENISON CHILI, VENISON BARBECUE, AND VENISON TENDERLOIN.))
[OUT Q=and venison tenderloin.]
[IN Q=We had chicken, sausage]
((MIKE LEWIS:WE HAD CHICKEN, SAUSAGE ON THE GRILL, HAM BISCUITS, AND A FEW OTHER THINGS.))
[OUT Q=and a few other things.]
And while the food and drinks were plentiful so was the trash talk.
[IN Q=True UVA fan.]
((JONATHAN BRYANT:TRUE UVA FAN. WE'RE DEFINITELY GOING TO TAKE THIS GAME. BEEN A UVA FAN FOR ALL MY LIFE AND HAD TO COME TO THIS GAME. BIGGEST GAME OF THE YEAR.))
[OUT Q=Biggest game of the year.]
[IN Q=The big difference between a tech tailgate]
((DAN OWENS:THE BIG DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A TECH TAILGATE AND A UVA TAILGATE IS... TECH GUYS AND GIRLS WE FEEL SORRY FOR THOSE WAHOOS THAT COME DOWN HERE SO WHAT WE DO IS WE BRING DOWN A BOTTLE OF TYLENOL FOR EVERY FAN.))
[OUT Q=bottle of Tylenol for every fan.]
The trash talk moved into Lane stadium as fans took the party from the curb to their seats.
There were some however who thought the tailgate was the only part of the day worth coming to.
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((BETH CROWDER:THIS IS THE REAL SPIRIT OUT AT THE TAILGATE. IT'S THE BEST PART. I'M NOT EVEN GOING TO THE GAME BUT I'M HERE TO TAILGATE.))
[OUT Q=but I'm here to tailgate.]
So win or lose the parking lot party always scores high with the fans and Saturday's game was no exception.
Jeremy Butterfield, News 7, Blacksburg. ))
It wasn't all about the party in the parking lot.
Some organizations hit the pavement to raise money for charitable causes.
The Wilk Hall foundation tailgates at every U-V-A football game.
And while they prepare for the game they also raise money to help needy children in Virginia enjoy the Cavalier spirit.
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((DARREN YOWELL:WE COLLECT MONEY AND THIS YEAR WE BOUGHT A SEASON TICKET PACKAGE FROM THROUGHOUT THE COMMONWEALTH, NOT JUST FROM CHARLOTTESVILLE, WE'VE SENT SOME FROM WINCHESTER SOME FROM THE RICHMOND AREA THE ROANOKE AREA, TO A HOME FOOTBALL GAME EACH WEEK.))
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The Virginia Tech cadets were also out collecting donations today.
The cadets raised money for the upkeep of the war memorial on Tech's campus.
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[IN Q=They seem to be very patriotic]
((CADET HUFF:THEY SEEM TO BE VERY PATRIOTIC ABOUT IT... WHETHER THEIR WITH VIRGINIA TECH OR AGAINST VIRGINIA TECH THEY SEEM TO BE APPRECIATIVE OF THE MILITARY AND OUR SOLDIERS.))
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Both groups say football games are a great opportunity to raise money for their causes and that the tailgaters today were very gracious.
One man was killed and another injured in an accident in Danville last night.
Police say around 10 o'clock, 30 year old Michael Lee Towler was driving his van at a high rate of speed on Westover Drive when he lost control.
The van hit a street sign, a utility pole, and several trees.
Towler was pronounced dead at the scene. 53 year old Earl Dale Brandon suffered severe injuries.
A preliminary investigation indicates that neither man was wearing a seat belt, and alcohol may have been a factor in the crash.
Traffic along major roads in the area has been heavy over this holiday weekend.
In Botetourt County, an accident involving two cars and a tractor trailer stalled traffic for hours.
Two people were treated for injuries.
VDOT is warning of congestion near urban areas .
The heaviest traffic days around the Thanksgiving holiday are traditionally the following Saturday and Sunday, when most travellers return to their homes.
Still ahead on the newscast, officials in Iraq say the January elections WILL go forward...
and after allegations of fraud in a Ukranian election, some aren't asking for a recount, they're asking for a re-vote.
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((Hey, everybody. Travis Wells here in the News 7 Sports Office. Coming up later, the Commonwealth Cup makes its way back to Blacksburg as the Hokies take down Virginia to claim at least a share of the ACC title. JMU moves on in the 1-double A playoffs, and we'll hit the court with Redick and the Devils in Durham. All that and more on the way in sports.))
In the Ukraine, the solution to the recent dispute over the presidential electioncould be a re-vote. But not everybody's thrilled with that idea.
Manuel Gallegus reports.
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((FEELING THAT THEIR RECENT PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION IS A FARCE-WITH VICTORY
STOLEN FROM THE TRUE WINNER HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF PROTESTORS AGAIN
TOOK TO THE STREETS OF KIEVIN THE UKRAINEDESPITE THE BITTER COLD.
IN ENGLISH - "We'll stay till we win..."
PROTESTORS BLOCKED GOVERNMENT BUILDINGSPREVENTING PRESIDENT ELECT
VICTOR YANUKOVICH FROM GOING TO WORK
THE UKRANIAN GOVERNMENT IS NOW REPORTEDLY IN SUCH DISARRAYTHAT
PARLIAMENT HAS STEPPED- IN AND DECLARED LAST WEEKS ELECTION INVALIDA
SYMBOLIC MOVE WITH NO LEGAL IMPACT..
NAT SOT-Very good chanting - drum beating YO SHEN KO!!
DEMONTRATORS BELIEVE THE REAL WINNER OF THE ELECTION IS VIKTOR
YUSHCHENKOCHARACTERIZED AS A WESTERN LEANING REFORMIST. .IN CONTRAST
TO YANUKOVICH CONSDERED A KREMLIN FRIENDLY PRIME MINISTER.
UKRAINE IS A COUNTRY OF 48-MILLIONITS NAME LITERALLY MEANS AT THE
EDGE. FOR RUSSIA, LOSING UKRAINE WAS ONE OF THE MOST PAINFUL ASPECTS
OF THE SOVIET COLLPASE IN 91.
THE WORRY IS THAT IF UKRAINE SLIPS INTO CIVIL WARIT COULD DE-STABILIZE
THE NEIGHBORING REGION. ITS ALSO AN IDEALOGICAL BATTLE OVER DEMOMCRACY BETWEEN MOSCOW AND WESTERN POWERS. MANUEL GALLEGUS, CBS NEWS. ))
Shiite (SHEE'-eyet) Muslim religious leaders in Iraq say there will be no delaying January's election.
Their comments follow calls by Sunni (SOO'-nee) Muslim politicians and others to postpone the January 30th election.
They say the Sunni insurgency is creating conditions that make it too dangerous to hold elections.
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((ADNAN PACHACHI, SUNNI ELDER STATESMAN: IT'S REALLY UNTHINKABLE THAT A LARGE AND IMPORTANT SECTION OF IRAQI SOCIETY WOULD BE LEFT OUT OF THE POLITICAL PROCESS.))
[OUT Q=out of the political process.]
But a spokesman for Prime Minister Iyad Allawi says the government is sticking to schedule.
The interim constitution and the U-N Security Council have mandated a ballot by the end of January.
They've been insisting on elections since the start of the U-S military presence in Iraq.
Still ahead on the newscast, some Christmas tree growers are looking forward to the jingle of the holiday season...
and these Santa supporters have put a government on the naughty list for doing away with a high-flying tradition.
Tens of thousands of people gathered to see a shining celebration in Indiana today..
The Circle of Lights event is the traditional kick off for the holidays.
The city now boasts the tallest Christmas "tree" in the U.S.
It's two hundred forty-two feet tall and has more than 4 thousand lights.
The Circle of Lights also features holiday decor from toy soldiers to peppermint sticks, as well as a fireworks display.
Tis the season for the return of the Christmas Tree lot.
This weekend marks the return of many local lots filling up with frasier fir, blue spruce, and scotch pines.
Charles Cromer has raised Christmas trees for seventeen years and says it's been a good year for his trees.
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((CHARLES CROMER:YEAH, COLORS REAL GOOD ON TREES THIS YEAR. PLENTY OF MOISTURE. IT'S BEEN WET ALL FALL SO IT WILL BE A GOOD SHADE.))
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Cromer says they always have a hard time keeping the deer away and this year was no exception but he doesn't expect that to hurt this years haul.
Cromer sells almost nine hundred trees a year and says every customer is looking for the same tree.
Seven feet tall, full shape, and of course that fresh pine smell.
Coming up, we'll recap the 86th meeting between Tech and UVA, and JMU moves on in the 1-double A playoffs, but first our extra point,
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JJ Redick and Duke manhandled UNC-Greensboro tonight. Redick poured in 16 points for the Blue Devils in the 98 to 44 win.
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In Virginia Tech's 24-10 win over UVa a scorelsss first two quarters gave way to a 34 point outburst after intermission and that is where Steve Mason begins our second report from Lane Stadium.
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Elsewhere, Georgia got a fight from rival Georgia Tech. Dawgs quarterback David Greene suffered a broken bone in his thumb, but that came after this TD pass to Fred Gibson as Georgia held off the Yellow Jackets 19 to 13.
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In Chestnut Hill, Syracuse got two TD's on offense and another on 'd' from Diamond Ferri and the Orange annhiliated Boston College 43-17. The Eagles could have clinched a spot in the BCS with a win. That now likely goes to Pittsburgh.
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And we finish up in Knoxville where Gerald Riggs saved Tennessee from the upset bug. The 12 yard TD jaunt with just 38 seconds left gave the Vols a 37-31 win over Kentucky. Tennessee now heads to the SEC title game next week to face Auburn.
The JMU Dukes were back in the 1-double A playoffs for the first time in 5 years and the Dukes made the most of their opportunity in today's opening round at Lehigh.
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Mickey Matthews watched his team jump on top early on.
Check out Justin Rascati, the JMU QB. He avoids the pass rush and buys himself some time. Rascati still can't find an open receiver and finally decides to tuck it and run himself. It ends up a 9 yard TD scamper after Rascati ran about 50 yards and it was 7-nothing.
Raymond Hines added a one yard touchdown late in the second quarter, but the Dukes had to hold on late.
Pulaski product Frank Cobbs was bringing the heat all day. He recorded 2 and a half sacks and 2 pass knockdowns as
JMU advanced 14 to 13. Next week, the Dukes travel to Furman.
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The Giles Spartans are the Region C, Division Two champions after coming from behind to beat Lebanon this afternoon. Giles won it 35 to 28 in overtime, advancing to face Powell Valley in next week's state semis. The Vikings beat Gate City 13 to 7.
Santa's been grounded in part of California.
Congress recently passed a law restricting airspace around Disneyland.
The law effectively scrapped the "Jingle Bell Jump" and it's skydiving Santa.
So, protestors in Anaheim today took up signs urging lawmakers to change their minds.
In the meantime, Santa improvised, and delivered toys and other goodies from a tethered hot air balloon.