A win away from clinching a spot in their first ACC Championship Game, UNC is not finding the explosive offense it has been accustomed to in recent weeks. Perhaps playing with a bit of extra fire in their new black alternate uniforms and wanting to give Frank Beamer one more win in Lane Stadium,. Virginia Tech is keep the Tar Heels in their sights. UNC leads, however, 7-3 at the half.
North Carolina quarterback Marquise Williams used some big plays to his advantage on UNC’s first offensive series. A 32-yard pass to Austin Proehl took the ball into Virginia Tech territory, and Williams soon finished the drive with an 18-yard touchdown run for a 7-0 lead.
Virginia Tech’s first threat to put points on the board was thwarted by a missed field goal attempt by Joey Slye from 46 yards out. The field goal try came immediately after Hokies quarterback Michael Brewer stuffed for a loss of three yards on a 3rd and 1 from the 26-yard line.
UNC will clinch the ACC Coastal Division with a win or a Pittsburgh loss.
Ohio State looked unstoppable on its first eight plays from scrimmage tonight in Blacksburg. Eight offensive plays into the night, Ohio State was up 14-0 thanks to a nice touchdown pass from starting quarterback Cardale Jones and an 80-yard run by Ezekiel Elliott. Since then the Virginia Tech Hokies have chipped away and taken a surprising lead, 17-10.
Ohio State got on the board on its first offensive possession of thew night, with Urban Meyer sending Jones out to lead the offense. Seven plays later Jones was celebrating his first touchdown pass of the season, this one to Curtis Samuel from just outside the red zone. Ohio State wasted no time getting back on the board on its next possession. Eliott broke free for an 80-yard touchdown up the middle fo the defense, surging Ohio State to a commanding 14-0 lead. Converted wide receiver Braxton Miller even got in the stat sheet with his first catch of the season showing off some good concentration and hands on a 24-yard gain. Ohio State’s offense has hit a bit of a wall though with the next three possessions resulting in a missed field goal, an interception off a tipped pass and a punt.
Virginia Tech was not without its own little wrinkles on offense. Early in the second quarter Michael Brewer completed a wheel route pass to fullback Sam Rogers down the left sideline, and the shifty fullback did the rest of the work. Rogers raced down field and reached the end zone after making an Ohio State defender (Eli Apple) break his ankles. After missing a 50-yard field goal try earlier in the half, Joey Slye cut into the Ohio State lead with a 46-yard field goal. Following the special teams mistake by Elliott of Ohio State, Brewer went deep to Isaiah Ford for 36 yards to the door step of Ohio State’s end zone. Brewer found a wide open Ryan Malleck in the end zone for the go-ahead lead.
Ohio State will get the football to begin the second half.
Virginia Tech head coach Frank Beamer is coaching the Hokies from the coaches box above the sidelines in the Military Bowl. After one half of play, he has seen some things he should like, and others he should not. Virginia Tech took a 13-10 lead into halftime following a 49-yard field goal by Joey Slye as the clock in the first half expired.
Cincinnati has more than double the offensive yards (308 to Virginia Tech’s 148), but a pair of interceptions by the Hokies defense kept things even on the scoreboard. Cincinnati and Virginia Tech were tied at 7-7 after the first quarter. Penalties hurt Cincinnati at times as well.
Gunner Kiel tossed a 31-yard touchdown pass to Chris Moore in the first quarter to give Cincinnati a 7-0 lead, capping a seven-play, 89-yard drive. The lead short-lived though, because the Hokies responded with a quick six-play, 64-yard touchdown drive. J.C. Colemann pushed the ball across the goal line to tie things up just about two minutes later.
Kiel has thrown for 234 yards and a touchdown, but he has been picked off twice. Chuck Clark and Kendall Fuller each have one interception for the Hokies. His Virginia Tech counterpart, Michael Brewer, has thrown for 75 yards and has been intercepted once. Brewer also caught a pass from Hokies receiver Isaiah Ford for a gain of 30 yards. For a while, Brewer was the team’s leading receiver and Ford was the leading passer for Virginia Tech.
Cincinnati battled to tie the game at 10-10 in the final minute of the half, but the ensuing kickoff was returned by Der’Woun Greene to around midfield, which allowed Virginian Tech a few plays to set up a last-second field goal. It was the second field goal from beyond 40 yards for Slye in the first half. He hit a 45-yard field goal early in the second quarter.
Looking to rebound after a loss at home last week against East Carolina, Virginia Tech is looking to open its ACC portion of the schedule on a good note. So far, so good for the Hokies. Virginia Tech leads Georgia Tech 16-10 at the half in Blacksburg.
Georgia Tech opened the scoring in this one with a 43-yard field goal by Harrison Butker in the first quarter, but Virginia Tech looked to take control from there. The Hokies scored back-to-back field goals with Joey Slye doing the honors and Marshawn Williams capped a 10-play drive with a six-yard touchdown run in the second quarter for a 13-3 lead. It all looked good for Virginia Tech going to halftime with a double-digit lead, but Georgia Tech strung together a seven-play drive over 70 yards capped by a touchdown run by Justin Thomas. Instead of going to the half up 13-3, Virginia Tech instead holds a six-point edge following a last second field goal by Slye.
Virginia Tech quarterback Michael Brewer has been picked off once but has completed 16 of 22 passes for 188 yards as well. The running game has not found much room to work with against Georgia Tech’s defense, so it may be up to Brewer keeping things moving in the second half in order to hold off Georgia Tech.