Anae proud of 'Hoos despite late struggles

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 SPORTS) -- Following Friday's 34-31 overtime loss at Virginia Tech, Virginia offensive coordinator made his way to a group of reporters, saying he was going to make a statement.

Anae did not take questions following his statement. It was the first game this season Anae was available for comment following any of Virginia's games.

"I'd like to thank our players," Anae said, "for the year that we've had. Its been one of those years that you had to fight and battle away. Some of these battles, these fights, we did not come out victorious on the scoreboard. But I'm sure proud to have been their coach and I'm proud for the year and the effort that they gave... in victory or defeat."

The Cavaliers led their opponents this season in nearly ever offensive statistical category, including passing yards, rushing yards, scoring, third and fourth down conversion rate, and total offense.

Speaking specifically on the loss to the Hokies, Anae pointed to turnovers as the difference. Virginia Tech sealed the win with a fumble recovery on the final play.

"This last one was a heartbreaker right down at the end," he said. "Turnovers turned out to be the cause for the game. With that said, we've got to do a better job securing the ball, taking opportunities and securing moments when we have them.

The Cavaliers will learn their postseason fate December 2 when bowl games are announced.