Jayhawks get defensive in 24-21 win

Staff Report
The Associated Press

MIAMI (AP) - The surprising eighth-ranked Kansas Jayhawks have capped a turnaround season with a victory in the Orange Bowl. The Jayhawks did it with defense, turning three interceptions into 17 points in their 24-21 win over fifth-ranked Virginia Tech. This was the Jayhawks' first major bowl since 1969.

Aqib Talib 60-yard interception return gave the Jayhawks their first touchdown. He was chosen the game's most valuable player.

Kansas finished 12-and-1. A year ago the Jayhawks were 6-and-6.

Kansas quarterback Todd Reesing threw one TD pass and ran two yards for another TD. He finished 21-for-38 for 220 yards.

The Hokies finished 11-and-3 after losing their fourth straight BCS bowl. It's a bittersweet finish for the Hokies, who revived campus spirits this season following the April 16 massacre that left 32 students and professors dead.