Virginia Tech News
11-9-14: The Virginia Tech Hokies took the week off this week to rest and prepare for their ACC matchup with the
Duke Blue Devils on the road in Wallace Wade Stadium. Virginia Tech heads into the bye week on a
three game losing streak which dropped their overall record to 4-5 on the season and 1-4 in the ACC.
Duke came into the week fresh off an overtime victory over Pittsburgh that improved their record to 7-1
and 3-1 in the conference while keeping their ACC Championship hopes alive. While Virginia Tech is
home resting and preparing for the showdown Duke will face off with another ACC team in the Syracuse
Orange this week on the road. Fans will not know which Hokies team to expect next week as Virginia
Tech has been a Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde type team all year long in 2014. Virginia Tech has looked great
against highly ranked teams like Ohio State and has also lain down against teams like Georgia Tech and
Boston College. The Hokies may or may not have issues with the stingy Duke defense that is only
allowing 19.3 points per game this season. If Virginia Tech has a serious shot at upsetting Duke it will
have to come on the arm of QB Michael Brewer who has thrown for 2,099 yards and 13 touchdown
passes this season. Get your Virginia Tech tickets for next week’s contest as the Hokies travel to Duke to
take on the Blue Devils in Wallace Wade Stadium. The game will be played at 12:00 pm ET and can be
seen on television on ESPNU.
11-3-14: The Virginia Tech Hokies hosted the Boston College Eagles this week at home in Lane Stadium in an ACC matchup for both schools. Boston College beat Wake Forest last week to improve their season record to 5-3 and 2-2 in the ACC while Virginia Tech is fresh off two straight losses that dropped their record to 4-4 and 1-3 in the conference this season. Boston College and Virginia Tech played a close game from whistle to whistle in this one in a game that was exciting down to the wire. The game started out slow as Virginia Tech’s touchdown was the only scoring drive of the first quarter before both teams broke out a bit in the second quarter. When the dust settled the score was 14-10 in favor of Boston College over the home team Virginia Tech Hokies at the half. Boston College pulled away a bit in the third quarter with two scoring drives while holding Virginia Tech off the board as the Eagles took a 23-10 lead into the fourth quarter with the game seemingly in hand. Virginia Tech answered almost immediately in the fourth quarter with two touchdowns to pull back to take a 24-23 lead. Boston College took the ball back and answered with a field goal and a touchdown pass to take a 33-24 lead late in the fourth. Virginia Tech’s quarterback Michael Brewer made things interesting late with a five yard touchdown pass to Ryan Malleck to pull the game back to 33-31 but could not execute the onside kick as Boston College went on to win the contest by that same 33-31 score. Boston College improved their record to 6-3 and 3-2 in the ACC while Virginia Tech’s record dropped to 4-5 and 1-4 in the conference this season with the loss. Get your Virginia Tech tickets for the game two Saturday’s from now when the Hokies travel to Duke to take on the Blue Devils on the road in Wallace Wade Stadium. The game time and television schedule has yet to be determined at this time.
10-27-14: The Virginia Tech Hokies hosted the Miami Hurricanes this week at home in Lane Stadium in a Thursday
night ACC matchup for these two teams. Miami came into this contest fresh off a victory over Cincinnati
that improved their record to 4-3 and 1-2 in the ACC while Virginia Tech lost to Pittsburgh last week to
drop their record to 4-3 and 1-2 in the conference this season. In the first quarter the defenses were on
full display as Miami managed the only scoring drive in the first 15 minutes, a field goal kick by Michael
Badgley. In the second quarter the Hurricanes offense and running back Duke Johnson took over. Miami
scored a total of three touchdowns in the quarter and took a commanding 24-0 lead with them into
halftime. In the third quarter the defenses were on full display again as both teams were held scoreless
setting up the final quarter. Miami’s defense held down the Virginia Tech offense until the 1:30 mark
when Hokies QB Mark Leal threw a 14 yard touchdown pass to Isaiah Ford to break the shutout. The
score was not enough for the Hokies as the Hurricanes went on to win the game by the score of 30-6.
Miami improved their record to 5-3 and 2-2 in the ACC while Virginia Tech’s record dropped to 4-4 and
1-3 in the conference in 2014.Get your Virginia Tech tickets for the next Hokies game as the team hosts
the Boston College Eagles next Saturday at home in Lane Stadium. The game will be played at 12:30 pm
ET and can be seen on television on ESPN3.
10-20-14: The Virginia Tech Hokies traveled to Pittsburgh to take on the Pittsburgh Panthers this week on the road in Heinz Field in an ACC matchup for both schools. Virginia Tech was 4-2 and 1-1 in the conference heading into the contest while Pittsburgh was 3-3 with a 1-1 ACC record coming into this Thursday night college football game. From the beginning of the contest you could tell that the Pittsburgh defense was going to give Virginia Tech quarterback Michael Brewer and Hokies running back Sam Rogers trouble all night long. The Panthers held the Hokies offense to just 291 yards of total offense with just 26 of those yards coming on the ground in 22 rushing attempts. Virginia Tech was 2-14 on third downs in the contest and failed to convert on two crucial fourth down plays essentially stopping any scoring drives before they got started. While Virginia Tech kicked three field goals in the first three quarters the Hokies did not score their first touchdown in the contest until the 4:52 mark of the fourth quarter. Pittsburgh put up two first half touchdowns to take a 14-6 lead into the half and added another early in the fourth to take a 21-9 lead. After Virginia Tech scored late in the fourth the Panthers defense took over as the score ended with Pittsburgh winning by the score of 21-16. Pittsburgh improved their record to 4-2 and 2-1 in the ACC with the win while Virginia Tech dropped to 4-3 and 1-2 in the conference this season with the loss. Get your Virginia Tech tickets for the next Hokies game as the team travels home next Thursday to take on the Miami Hurricanes at home in Lane Stadium. The game will be played at 8:00 pm ET and can be seen on ESPN.
10-15-14: The Virginia Tech Hokies took this weekend off to prepare for their Thursday game with the Pittsburgh Panthers on Thursday, October 16. Pittsburgh will also take the weekend off to prepare for the ACC foes in the first of two consecutive Thursday night games for the Hokies. Virginia Tech is 4-2 heading into this contest with a 1-1 ACC record while Pittsburgh has a 3-3 record and a 1-1 record in the Coastal division this season. Both teams are allowing less than 20 points per game this season as Virginia Tech has allowed 19.8 points per game, 25th best in the nation, and Pittsburgh has allowed 19.0 points per game, 19th best in the nation. The difference in this contest will come down to the offenses and on paper the Hokies seem to have the advantage. Pittsburgh has the clear edge in the running game as the Pirates average 243.8 rushing yards per game, 20th best in the nation, while Virginia Tech only averages 174.0 yards on the ground this season. The Hokies have the advantage in the passing game though as Michael Brewer and Virginia Tech have averaged 237.3 passing yards this season to just 161.5 yards per game for the Pirates. This game has all the makings of being exciting from whistle to whistle and all the makings of the game coming down to one big play or turnover deciding the final score. Be sure to get your Virginia Tech tickets for the next Hokies game next Thursday as the team travels to take on the Pittsburgh Pirates on the road in Heinz Field. The game will be played at 7:30 pm ET and can be seen on the ESPN.
10-6-14: The Virginia Tech Hokies traveled to Chapel Hill to take on their ACC rivals in the North Carolina Tarheels this week on the road in Kenan Stadium. Virginia Tech brought a 3-2 record into the game against the North Carolina’s 2-2 record. Both teams sport a 0-1 record in the ACC conference so one team was definitely going to leave this game with their first victory in the conference. The Hokies wasted no time jumping all over the Tarheels defense scoring in their first drive that lasted just two plays and 0:34 as Marshawn Williams ran in an eight yard touchdown. North Carolina kicked a field goal later in the game before Hokies quarterback Michael Brewer threw his first touchdown pass of the day when he connected on a 26 yard pass to Bucky Hodges to take a 14-3 lead after the first quarter. The Hokies and Tarheels defense took over in the second quarter and kept each other off the scoreboard until the 1:44 mark when Virginia Tech kicked a 27 yard field goal to take a 17-3 lead. On the ensuing possession North Carolina’s QB Mitch Trubisky threw an interception that Virginia Tech returned all the way to the end zone for a touchdown to take a commanding 24-3 lead at halftime. North Carolina was kept off the board until the fourth quarter when the team was able to put the ball in the end zone twice but it was too little too late for the Tarheels as the Hokies would go on to win the game by the score of 34-17. Virginia Tech improved their record to 4-2 on the season and 1-1 in the conference while North Carolina dropped their record to 2-3 and 0-2 in the ACC. Be sure to grab some Virginia Tech tickets for the next Hokies game in less than two weeks as they take on the Pittsburgh Panthers on Thursday, October 16 on the road in Heinz Field. The game will be played at 7:30 pm ET and can be seen on ESPN.
10-1-14: The Virginia Tech Hokies hosted the Western Michigan Broncos this week at home in Lane Stadium in Virginia. Virginia Tech started the season off as planned winning their first two games before dropping their next two in heartbreaking fashion to even their record at 2-2 before this week’s game. Western Michigan came into the game with a 2-1 record looking to stay above the .500 mark. Virginia Tech came out of the gates in this game hungry and a different team than we have seen in the last two weeks as the Hokies jumped out to an 18-7 lead in the first quarter. Virginia Tech forced a safety, threw for a touchdown, returned a fumble for a touchdown, and kicked a field goal all in the first 15 minutes. Virginia Tech was kept out of the end zone in the second quarter while the Hokies defense only allowed a field goal with 0:05 left in the half to take a healthy 18-10 lead with them into halftime. Virginia Tech and their offense put up two touchdowns in the third quarter which seemingly sealed the deal in this contest and added another field goal late in the fourth to win the game by the score of 35-17. Western Michigan struggled to move the ball all game long and really struggled on third down as the team only converted four of their 15 opportunities on the day. Virginia Tech was 10-18 on third down and more than doubled the output of the Broncos offense as the Hokies put up 486 yards of total offense in the victory. Get your Virginia Tech tickets for the Hokies game next Saturday as the team travels to North Carolina to take on the Tar Heels in Kenan Memorial Stadium. The game will be played at 12:30 pm ET and can be seen on ESPN 3.
9-22-14: The Virginia Tech Hokies are fresh off their disappointing loss last week and traveled home this week to start their ACC schedule by facing off with the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. The Yellow Jackets are a perfect 3-0 on the season with their comeback last week and put their perfect record up against the 2-1 Hokies in both team’s first ACC matchup of the season. Virginia Tech took a tough loss against Eastern Carolina last week and looked to take that out on the Georgia Tech defense but that game plan did not go as planned. Virginia Tech running game couldn’t get it going on the day and much of the offense fell on the shoulders of Hokies quarterback Michael Brewer. Virginina Tech outgained and out passed the Tech offense but in typical Georgia Tech fashion the Yellow Jackets owned the ground game on the afternoon. The biggest difference in the game was Virginia Tech’s quarterback Michael Brewer throwing three big interceptions in the game. Georgia Tech was actually losing by the score of 16-10 before Tech’s Paul Davis returned a 41 yard interception for a touchdown to give the Yellow Jackets a lead they would not relinquish. Georgia Tech marched down the field on the final drive of the game and kicker Harrison Butker kicked a 24 yard field goal as time expired to win the game for the Yellow Jackets. Get your Virginia Tech tickets for the next game as the Hokies will host the Western Michigan Broncos next week at home in Lane Stadium.
9-16-14: The 17th ranked Virginia Tech Hokies are fresh off their big victory last week over the Ohio State Buckeyes and this week hosted the East Carolina Pirates at home in Lane Stadium. The wind was taken out of Virginia Tech’s sails early as East Carolina score three touchdowns in the first quarter to take a healthy 21-0 lead. The Pirates defense was great in the first half and did not allow the Hokies to score until there was a mere 0:47 left in the half. The Pirates defense held down this same team that blew out the 8th best team in country just a week ago on the road and led 21-7 heading into the fourth quarter when the Hokie offense woke up a bit. Virginia Tech scored their second touchdown of the afternoon with 6:31 left in the game and quickly got the ball back and tied the score up at 21-21 with another touchdown with 1:20 left in the game. All the Hokies needed was a defensive stop and they could get the ball back or at worst force overtime. East Carolina ran three plays and gained 65 yards in 1:04 that was capped off by a one yard touchdown run by Pirates running back Shane Carden with 0:16 left in the game to seal the victory for the East Carolina Pirates 28-21. Get your tickets for next week’s game as the Hokies begin their ACC schedule when they host the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets at home. The game will be played at 12:00 pm ET and can be seen on ESPN and ESPNU and should be a good game between two ACC Coastal rivals.
9-8-14: The Virginia Tech Hokies traveled to Ohio Stadium to face off with the 8th ranked Ohio State Buckeyes this week in a game that was showcased on ESPN in primetime. The Hokies of the ACC convincingly beat William & Mary last week 34-9 while Ohio State began their National Title run with a victory over Navy 34-17. The Hokies shocked the world this week as they took down the Buckeyes on national television and in primetime with the score of 35-21. Looking at the box score you would think this would be a much closer game with comparable total offense, passing, and rushing outputs by both teams and even the turnover numbers and penalties numbers were comparable as well. The Hokies did return one interception for a touchdown late in the fourth quarter but the game was well out of reach by then. Virginia Tech simply got the ball in the endzone when it mattered and played stellar defense from whistle to whistle. Ohio State never scored more than once in a quarter as Virginia Tech dominated the time of possession game with their 41 rushing attempts, a true testament for the Hokie defense. Next week Virginia Tech hosts the East Carolina Pirates at home on ESPN so be sure to grab some tickets for that to see if Virginia Tech can keep the streak going.