Hokies start strong

In an electric night in Blacksburg, Virginia Tech faced the vaunted number six ranked Notre Dame Fighting Irish. The Hokies came out strong keeping the game close at 16-17 at halftime, while holding the Notre Dame offense to minus three yards on 13 attempts. VT forced a turnover on downs when defensive end Houshun Gaines tackled Irish punter Tyler Newsome after he dropped a low snap. Tech continued the momentum by intercepting quarterback Ian Book, his first of the season. On both ocassions Tech’s offense settled for a pair of Brian Johnson field goals.

Mental Mistakes Doom Hokies

Virginia Tech had some momentum with a fired-up crowd behind them. Mental mistakes prevented the Hokies from taking the lead away from the Irish. On Tech’s first trip to the red zone, the team ran a trick play resulting in a touchdown for Hezekiah Grimsley. The play was called back because of an ineligible receiver downfield. The Hokie offense had to settle for field goals on several red zone possessions. Ryan Willis, who played well for the Hokies even under constant duress, fumbled the ball late in the first half. Notre Dame turned the fumble into points, extending their lead to 17-9 with 1:08 remaining.

The second half was not much better for the Hokies. The momentum changed after Notre Dame running back Dexter Williams scored on a 97-yard rush to put the Irish up 24-16. Notre Dame didn’t look back, taking advantage of blown coverages in the Tech defense, allowing for Miles Boykin to find wide open space and score.

Tech legends come back for a warm reception

Two Virginia Tech legends returned to Blacksburg to celebrate major accomplishments. Legendary coach Frank Beamer was honored at halftime for his upcoming induction into the college football Hall of Fame. Beamer led the Hokies to 238 wins, the program’s first undefeated regular season in 1999 and the team’s first appearance in the National Championship.

Former NFL standout and Virginia Tech alumni Brandon Flowers also returned. He addressed the Lane Stadium crowd and pumped up the atmosphere. Flowers returned to Tech earlier this year to complete his sociology degree and joined the Virginia Tech broadcasting lineup.

What’s next

Virginia Tech will travel to Chapel Hill and look to take advantage of a struggling Tar Heel team coming off a blowout loss to number 16 ranked Miami. Notre Dame will welcome Pittsburgh and look to keep their undefeated season intact.


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