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Virginia Tech 24 Liberty 13 At The Half

Take a quick look at the halftime stats.

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The Hokies lead the Flames 24-13.  The Hokies got on the board early via a TD pass from Jerod Evans to Cam Phillips.  The crowd noise was incredible, and Liberty had 5 false starts in the early going. The Liberty Flames caught a break on special teams, when a punt hit the back of a Hokie player, and they recovered deep in Hokie territory.  The defense held, and the shutout was intact.  Jerod Evans turned the ball over deep in Flames' territory at the 3:33 mark in the first quarter.  Liberty RB Todd Macon plunged in from 2 yards for the score, but the Flames missed the point after. It was 7-6 with 2:47 left in the first quarter.  Joey Slye hit a 34 yarder early in the second to make it 10-6 Hokies. Greg Stroman picked off Stephon Masha, setting up the Hokies in good position.  The next play changed the tone of the half.

Cam Phillips was fighting for extra yards on a reverse, and was stripped.  Liberty's Alpha Jalloh scooped it, and took it 71 yards to the house. 13-10, Liberty.  Tech went 3 and out, punted, and then Terrell Edmunds had his first pick of 2016. After some "punt tradin'", Evans found Isaiah Ford, and the Hokies retook the lead, 17-13.  Liberty was 0-9 on third down, but the Hokies' turnovers were keeping Liberty in the game.  Near the end of the half, Bucky Hodges reeled in a 18 yard throw to make it 24-13 Hokies.

Virginia Tech Liberty
1st Downs 11 4
4th Down Efficiency 1-1 1-2
Rushing Yards 96 51
Passing Yards 162 26
Total Yards 258 77
Interceptions 2 0
Punts (Avg) 3(34.0) 5(41.0)
Penalties (Yards) 3(18) 7(35)
Fumbles (Lost) 4(3) 1(1)
Possession 14:55 15:05