BLACKSBURG — It took Virginia Tech a few drives to get going, but it’s in control at halftime against Western Carolina.
The Hokies took a 21-0 lead into the locker room against the Catamounts at Lane Stadium.
Logan Thomas threw for 153 yards and a touchdown and safety Detrick Bonner had two interceptions for Virginia Tech (0-1) in its home opener.
The Hokies had a sluggish start on offense, but the defense got them on the board. Cornerback Kendall Fuller tipped a pass that went right to Bonner for a pick. He returned it 37 yards up the sideline to give Tech a 7-0 lead.
It was Virginia Tech’s first defensive touchdown since Jeron Gouveia-Winslow had a pick six in the 2010 ACC championship game against Florida State.
The Hokies’ offense finally got in gear, going on a 16-play, 87-yard drive that lasted over six minutes, ending with a 1-yard touchdown run by Trey Edmunds that made it 14-0 in the second quarter.
After missing last week with an ankle injury, running back J.C. Coleman did the heavy lifting on Tech’s next drive, carrying seven times for 38 yards. Thomas connected on both of his passes, the second going to D.J. Coles for a 19-yard touchdown that made it 21-0.
Thomas was 13-for-22 in the first half, spreading the ball around to some new receivers. Josh Stanford led Tech with four catches for 46 yards. Willie Byrn had three receptions for 39 yards, and freshman tight end Kalvin Cline had two for 21.
Thomas was also picked off twice. He threw a deep ball to Knowles in the first quarter that Western Carolina intercepted in the end zone. Just before halftime, he threw a back shoulder pass that Catamounts cornerback Christon Gill intercepted, again in the end zone. Thomas already has three interceptions this season.
Western Carolina (0-1) crossed midfield only once. The Catamounts have 108 yards of offense to the Hokies’ 217.