Virginia buried its demons in the rain, mud and cold of the Independence Bowl.

After four previous bowl losses, the 18th-ranked Cavaliers used their powerhouse defense and a balanced offense to ambush Texas Christian 20-10.The Atlantic Coast Conference Cavaliers wound up 9-3, the Southwest Conference co-champion Frogs 7-5.

Quarterback Mike Groh hit wide receiver Tyrone Davis with a pivotal 37-yard touchdown pass in the third period, and the Cavaliers pounded the Horned Frogs with the running of Kevin Brooks and Charles May.