Sunday column: These Hokies just can’t shock.
Final: Maryland 27, Virginia Tech 24. Brown wins it with a 3-yard touchdown run in overtime.
Kristensen kicks a 31-yard field goal to give Tech a 24-21 lead in overtime. Up to the defense now.
Terps drive to midfield but then have to punt. Nice coverage by Kendall Fuller on nearly identical passes on second and third down. We’re heading to overtime.
Hokies have to punt. Terps take over at their own 24 with 2:34 left. Game tied 21-21.
Jack Tyler has 10 tackles, including two for loss, a sack and a forced fumble on senior day. Hokies defense forces a fifth straight three-and-out, giving Tech the ball at its own 40 with 4:42 left. Tied 21-21.
Tied 21-all midway through the fourth. Knowles has made two potential game-saving plays today — the 88-yard kickoff return and a 38-yard catch on third-and-24 to keep the game-tying touchdown drive alive.
Maryland leads 21-14 after three and has possession inside its own 20-yard line.
Both teams scored on their first possession of the quarter, with Maryland getting a touchdown catch from Nigel King that was initially ruled an incompletion but overturned. Feel like we’ve set a record for replays today.
The Hokies scored on a 1-yard touchdown catch by red zone maestro D.J. Coles, which was set up by an 88-yard kickoff return by Demitri Knowles — by far Tech’s best of the year.
The kicking situation could really loom large if this game goes to OT, but Tech has a lot of work to do to make that an issue at all. Seems if they can key on Brown and make sure he doesn’t run, they’ll leave the Terps without many options, but they’ve struggled to corral the QB so far.
The Terps drive 56 yards in 35 seconds just before the half ends, getting a 1-yard touchdown run from quarterback C.J. Brown to take a 14-7 lead over the Hokies.
Pretty stunning change in momentum here. The Hokies looked like they were going to have their way early, but as we’ve seen several times this year, they seemed to let up once they took the lead.
After a solid offensive start to the game, the Hokies have struggled to move the ball since. Maryland tied it midway through the second quarter on a 63-yard punt return by William Likely, who found some room up the middle and broke away. It marks the first time since 2008 the Hokies have given up two punt returns for a touchdown in the same season (the other came in the opener against Alabama).
Edmunds has had a few nice power runs, including a six-yard gain for a first down on which he looked to be corralled behind the line of scrimmage. He’s carried it eight times for 32 yards. Logan Thomas started the game with eight straight completions but has misfired on all eight since then.
The Hokies own a 2-0 edge in turnovers, or else the situation might be more dire.Maryland’s last drive gave the Terps the lead in total yardage — 156 to 143.
Maryland will get the ball to start the second half.
Virginia Tech leads Maryland 7-0 after one but the Terps have a third down at the Hokies’ 18-yard line.
The Hokies have outgained Maryland 101 yards to 59. New kicker Eric Kristensen, a walk-on who took over the job after Cody Journell was dismissed from the team this week,3made his first PAT attempt but missed a 34-yard field goal just outside the left upright.
Trey Edmunds scored the only points of the game with a 3-yard touchdown run. That was his 10th TD run of the season and fifth of the past two weeks.
VT–Edmunds 3 run (Kristensen kick), 8:47. Drive: Six plays, 76 yards, 2:46. Key play: Cline 31 pass from Thomas to UM 12. Virginia Tech 7, Maryland 0.
UM–Likely 63 punt return (Craddock kick), 7:47. Virginia Tech 7, Maryland 7.
UM–Brown 1 run (Craddock kick), :17. Drive: Five plays, 56 yards, :35. Key play: Etta-Tawo 17 pass from Brown plus 15 personal foul penalty to VT 24. Maryland 14, Virginia Tech 7.
UM–King 16 pass from Brown (Craddock kick), 12:58. Drive: Five plays, 78 yards, 1:54. Key play: Etta-Tawo 43 pass from Brown to VT 16. Maryland 21, Virginia Tech 7.
VT–Coles 1 pass from Thomas (Kristensen kick), 10:03. Drive: Five plays, 12 yards, 2:44. Key play: Knowles 88 kickoff return to UM 12. Maryland 21, Virginia Tech 14.
VT–Byrn 5 pass from Thomas (Kristensen kick), 9:32. Drive: Eight plays, 65 yards, 4:08. Key play: Knowles 38 pass from Thomas to UM 26. Virginia Tech 21, Maryland 21.
VT–FG Kristensen 31. Drive: Six plays, 11 yards, :00. Virginia Tech 24, Maryland 21.
UM–Brown 3 run. Drive: Four plays, 25 yards, :00. Key play: Ross 16 run to VT 2. Maryland 27, Virginia Tech 24.
Maryland, Davis 5-4-0, Monroe 4-5-3, Ferrand 4-4-0, Goree 3-4-0, Twine 4-2-0, Goins 3-2-1, Nixon 2-3-0, Robinson 2-3-0, Jefferson 1-4-2, Whitfield 2-2-.5, Likely 2-2-0, Kilgo 1-1-0, Hill 0-2-0, Dancel 0-1-0, Rowe 0-1-.5, Goins 0-1-0, Walker 0-1-0, Reid 0-1-0, Johnson 0-1-0, Isaacs 0-1-0, Thompson 0-1-0, Totals 33-46-7.
Virginia Tech, Tyler 6-5-1, Fuller 5-3-0, Edwards 2-6-1, Maddy 3-3-0, Gayle 2-2-1, Greene 2-2-0, Trimble 1-3-0, Jarrett 1-3-0, Facyson 1-2-0, DiNardo 1-2-0, Hopkins 1-2-0, Collins 1-1-0, Clark 1-1-0, Baron 1-1-0, Bonner 0-2-0, Taylor 1-0-0, Ludwig 1-0-0, Williams 0-1-0, McKinnon 0-1-0, Redman 0-1-0, Nicolas 0-1-0, Totals 30-42-3.
Tech will go off as a 14.5-point favorite.
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