LANDOVER, Md. — West Virginia-Baylor this ain’t.
Virginia Tech leads Cincinnati 7-6 after an offensively-challenged first half at FedEx Field, one in which the Hokies had only 72 yards and two first downs.
Tech managed to take the lead thanks a late, diving interception by defensive tackle Kris Harley on a tipped pass by linebacker Bruce Taylor deep in Cincinnati territory.
Four plays later on fourth-and-two, quarterback Logan Thomas scored on a 5-yard option run to give the Hokies (3-1, 1-0 ACC) an improbable halftime lead.
Cincinnati (2-0, 1-0 Big East) had 165 first-half yards but couldn’t punch it into the end zone. It got six points on a pair of field goals by Tony Miliano.
But the Bearcats turned the ball over twice and were stopped short of a first down after completing a pass on a fake field goal in the first quarter. Hokies defenders J.R. Collins and Jack Tyler sniffed out the fake and stopped the Cincinnati receiver shy of the marker at the 3-yard line.
Cincinnati quarterback Munchie Legaux was 9-for-22 for 119 yards. The Hokies pressured him for most of the first half and had one sack. Tech held the Bearcats to 30 rushing yards.
Virginia Tech’s offense wasn’t any better. Thomas was 7-for-13 for 37 yards. The Hokies ran 13 times for 35 yards.
Overall, the team had five penalties for 57 yards.