BLACKSBURG — The good feelings of the Miami game are long gone for Virginia Tech after a miserable first half Saturday.
Will Likely had a punt return for a touchdown and quarterback C.J. Brown scored on a 1-yard run just before halftime to give Maryland a surprising 14-7 lead against Virginia Tech at Lane Stadium.
The Hokies, who scored 42 points at Miami last week, got a 3-yard touchdown run by Trey Edmunds early but did little else offensively, finishing with 67 yards of offense outside of their one scoring drive.
Quarterback Logan Thomas completed his first eight passes but misfired on his next eight. He threw for 89 yards.
Still, Tech seemed in decent control of the game, despite a missed 34-yard field goal by new kicker Eric Kristensen that could have given the Hokies a 10-0 lead in the first quarter.
Momentum swung in the second quarter, when the Terps broke through on special teams. Likely, who had a 37-yard punt return earlier, took back an A.J. Hughes punt 63 yards for a touchdown to tie the game at 7 with 7:47 left in the second quarter. It was the second punt return for a touchdown the Hokies have allowed this year.
Maryland surprised Virginia Tech with a two-minute drill just before halftime, going 56 yards in 35 seconds before Brown powered his way into the end zone on a sneak to make it 14-7 Terps.
Brown only threw for 43 yards, but he ran for 93.