BLACKSBURG — It was slow going at first, but Virginia Tech got its offense in gear to take a 21-0 lead on Bowling Green heading into the locker room at Lane Stadium.
Quarterback Logan Thomas threw for two touchdowns and ran for another and Tony Gregory got the majority of work at tailback, finishing with 54 total first-half yards.
Virginia Tech (2-1, 1-0 ACC) did next to nothing on its first three drives before getting in gear on drive No. 4. With Gregory doing the heavy lifting at tailback, the Hokies moved 80 yards in 13 plays, getting on the scoreboard on a 10-yard swing pass to J.C. Coleman for a touchdown.
Gregory, who didn’t get a carry last week at Pittsburgh, had eight carries for 34 yards and two catches for 20.
The Hokies went over the top on their next drive, with Thomas completing a 42-yard touchdown pass to Dyrell Roberts to make it 14-0. It was Roberts’ first touchdown catch since the Duke game on Oct. 23, 2010. He had three first-half receptions for 63 yards.
Thomas made it 21-0 on the Hokies’ final drive of the half, sneaking it in from 1 yard out. He was 9-for-17 for 127 yards and two scores and added 10 carries for 36 yards and a touchdown on the ground.
Thomas suffered a lacerated thumb on the touchdown sneak but got it taped up and returned to the game just before halftime.
Virginia Tech’s defense held up its end of the bargain, pressuring Bowling Green quarterback Matt Schilz all day. The Falcons ran 30 plays and had only 71 first-half yards. The Hokies had 227 yards, getting 100 on the ground.
The closest Bowling Green (1-2, 0-1 MAC) came to scoring was when Stephen Stein hit the right upright on a 43-yard field goal.