"Very proud of our team, very appreciative of the Oklahoma State people who traveled to Orlando".
Virginia Tech put forth it's best effort to keep up with the potent Oklahoma State offense, but the Hokies defense ran out of gas towards the tail end of the game.
OSU a victor in the Camping World Bowl over Virginia Tech 30, 21.
The Hokies were playing without their leading receiver Cam Phillips, and leading rusher Travon McMillian.
Oklahoma State didn't have a drive last longer than 3:12 in the first half and Virginia Tech almost doubled OSU in time of possession 19:49 to 10:11.
Chesapeake native and former Oscar Smith star Deshawn McClease led the Hokies in rushing with 124 yards on 18 carries.
"We knew coming into the game that it was an evenly-matched game but can't be any more proud of our team", Gundy said.More news: Jurgen Klopp will not pressure Jordan Henderson on injury return
In these mistakes and some of the dropped passes, the Hokies' youth showed.
Of greater note, the Hokies also outgained a veteran Oklahoma State offense 518-492, an impressive feat against an offense with the Unitas and Biletnikoff Award winners.
The first down eventually led to a Matt Ammendola 38-yard field goal that gave OSU a two-score lead it would not relinquish.
James Washington caught five passes for 126 yards, making him the career receiving yards leader at Oklahoma State.
The Hokies were able to get a good amount of pressure on Mason Rudolph with 3 sacks.
Virginia Tech wouldn't go quietly though.
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