BLACKSBURG — Offense was at a premium in a low-scoring affair at Lane Stadium, where Virginia Tech and Virginia went into halftime tied at 7.
A 7-yard touchdown from Tech’s Logan Thomas to Randall Dunn was matched by a 42-yarder from UVa’s Michael Rocco to Tim Smith, the only scoring in a game that has had very little offense.
Virginia (4-7, 2-5 ACC) had 149 yards of offense, Virginia Tech (5-6, 3-4) had only 109.
The Hokies need a win to gain bowl eligibility.
Neither team could get anything going in the first quarter. They combined for 99 yards, six punts and only four first downs.
Virginia Tech struck first early in the second, though. Thomas, who was 2-for-7 in the first quarter against the wind, only completing a couple of screens, went 3-for-4 for 33 yards with the wind, adding a 13-yard run.
On third-and-five, he hit tight end Dunn for a 7-yard touchdown to give the Hokies a 7-0 lead. It’s Dunn’s second touchdown in as many weeks.
It stayed that way until 3:30 before the half, when Virginia quarterback Rocco completed a third-down pass to Smith, who shook a tackle from Hokies safety Detrick Bonner and went 42 yards for a touchdown to tie it at 7.
Other than that, it was a defensive battle. The Cavaliers finished with 25 rushing yards in the first half. The Hokies weren’t much better, with 54.
Thomas was only 8-for-22 for 55 yards. Rocco was 9-for-18 for 114 yards.
The teams were a combined 6-for-21 on third downs and had 14 punts in the half.