CHARLOTTESVILLE, SEPT. 19 -- As Virginia celebrated its dramatic, 14-13 victory over arch-rival Virginia Tech at Scott Stadium today, one Tech fan screamed, "That's the only one {win} you'll get this year!"

That remains to be seen, but this one was especially sweet for the Cavaliers (1-2), and it was a tough loss for the Hokies (0-2), who missed a two-point conversion with 1:24 to play that would have given them their third straight victory over Virginia.

Halfback Malcolm Blacken was stopped on a sweep as the Hokies ran to the short side of the field from the left hash mark. It was the same kind of play on which Virginia failed to make a two-point conversion last week that would have tied Maryland.

Virginia Coach George Welsh said he was expecting a pass by Tech quarterback Erik Chapman (13 for 26, 187 yards, one touchdown, one interception).

"The only thing I asked Coach Spaz {defensive coordinator Frank Spazani} was if we could stop that play-action pass that they had been running," Welsh said. "That's what I was expecting. But then they came out in the other formation, so then it didn't matter."

Virginia linebacker Jeff Lageman and tackle Chris Stearns stripped Blacken's fullback escort, giving Blacken no chance to make the end zone.

"I knew it was going to be a run, and they put the ball on the short side of the field," Lageman said. "I remembered what we did last week against Maryland. We ran a sweep; they {Tech} ran a sweep."

"When you have a play like that, anytime it doesn't work, it'll be questioned," Chapman said. "There really is no right or wrong play. If you execute the wrong play, nothing's going to be said."

Tech set up the two-point try with a disputed touchdown catch by tight end Steve Johnson. The Hokies drove from their 39 with 3:53 to play and faced second and six at the Virginia 26.

Chapman looked into the end zone for split end Karl Borden, who was well-covered by defensive back Tony Covington. The ball appeared to bounce off both Borden's and Covington's hands before Johnson, falling out of the end zone, caught the ball for the score.

Welsh thought the ball hit the turf first.

"That wasn't a catch for the touchdown, in my humble opinion," he said. "I had a good view."

Tech came back from a 14-0 first-quarter deficit. Virginia, behind quarterback Scott Secules (12 for 17, 197 yards, one touchdown, one interception), came out emotionally charged in front of a partisan crowd of 44,300, undoubtedly thinking of last season's 42-10 clobbering in Blacksburg.

The Cavaliers scored on their second drive of the opening quarter, driving 87 yards in 10 plays. From the Tech 29, Secules threw down the left sideline to flanker Keith Mattioli.

Mattioli was well covered by Tech back Scott Rice, but adjusted to Secules' underthrown pass, breaking inside Rice to catch the ball for a touchdown and a 7-0 Virginia lead.

The Hokies took the kickoff and drove to the Virginia 28 before Chris Kinzer missed the first of three attempts, this one a 45-yarder.

Secules, only seven of 19 for 66 yards last week against Maryland, then went deep again and, again, his receiver adjusted.

From the Virginia 47, Secules looked deep to split end Tim Finkelston. Tech cornerback Billy Myers had even better position than Rice did on Virginia's first touchdown, but Finkelston somehow wrestled the ball away at the Tech 5 for first and goal.

Three plays later, Secules kept the ball on an option for a one-yard score and a 14-0 Virginia lead.

But after Virginia's Mark Inderlied was wide on a 50-yard field goal attempt midway through the second quarter, the Hokies got on track.

Chapman, who was shaky in the first quarter, hit three straight passes as Tech drove 66 yards in 16 plays for the touchdown.

After Chapman hit Myron Richardson for 20 yards to the Cavaliers' 25, the Hokies then stayed on the ground, running six times to the Virginia 4. There, they faced their second fourth-and-inches situation of the drive.

And Chapman again managed to get the first down, this time on a bootleg left. He faked Covington and linebacker David Griggs just well enough to be able to lean forward for the necessary yardage.

Two plays later, Earnie Jones barrelled in from three yards to cut the lead to 14-7 at the half.

Despite Secules' good numbers, Welsh stuck to his season-long pattern of alternating quarterbacks and brought freshman Shawn Moore into the game in the third quarter. The Cavaliers' offense sputtered.

With Virginia's offense stalled, Tech drove the ball well, but was unable to score. Kinzer missed his third attempt of the day from the right hash mark early in the final quarter, pushing a 29-yarder to the left after Tech had driven from its 42 to Virginia's 13.

Tech quickly stopped the Cavaliers and took over again. From Tech's 46, Chapman hit Borden twice for a total of 39 yards, putting the ball at the Virginia 13. But the Hokies could only get four yards on three plays and, on fourth down, Chapman underthrew Danny Eddy in the end zone with 5:44 left.

Virginia again went three plays and kicked, setting up the Hokies' final drive and the Cavaliers' final defensive stand.

"That's the first time we've won a game on defense in a long time," Welsh said. "The defense had to hang in there. They had to do it, because we sure weren't going to do it on offense." Virginia 14, Virginia Tech 13 Virginia Tech 0 7 0 6 13 Virginia 7 7 0 0 14

V -- Mattioli 29 pass from Secules (Inderlied kick)

V -- Secules 1 run (Inderlied kick)

VT -- Jones 3 run (Kinzer kick)

VT -- Johnson 26 pass from Chapman (run fail)

A -- 44,300 Virginia Tech Virginia First downs 19 16 Rushes-yards 49-124 44-136 Passing yards 187 197 Return yards 52 5 Passing 13-26-1 12-18-1 Punts-average 4-33 6-34 Fumbles-lost 1-0 2-1 Penalties-yards 6-55 5-45 Time

RUSHING -- Virginia Tech: E. Jones 13-60, Smith 12-34, Jeffries 9-20, Blacken 7-17, Donnelly 1-4, Fox 1-2,

PASSING -- Virginia Tech: Chapman 13-26-1, 187 yards. Virginia: Secules 12-17-1, 197, Moore 0-1-0, 0.

RECEIVING -- Virginia Tech: Johnson 4-72, Borden 3-59, Richardson 4-45, E. Jones 1-7. Virginia: Finkelston

MISSED FIELD GOALS: Virginia Tech: Kinzer 3. Virginia: Inderlied 1.