The Hokies lost the toss, again... someone check the karma chart to figure out how many times that has happened this season and how rare that is...
The opening drive was assisted by 30 yards of penalties by the Wildcats, and then a final stall. It was rescued by #25 wearing Brian Johnson, who booted a 54 yard field goal to open the scoring.
After some back and forth Kentucky just outsized and out powered the Tech defense to drive the ball down the field to score a touchdown.
The Wildcat passing game consisted of a 1 for two RPO style play the second of which hit for a first down.
Tech did execute two nice touchdown drives capped off by two Hendon Hooker TD passes, one in the first quarter to Damon Hazelton, and then one in the early 2nd quarter on a nice risk taking drive all the way to the Wildcat 5 where Hooker hit Dalton Keene in the front 1/3rd of the endzone (with a super armsqueeze catch by Keene) to go ahead 17-7.
Unfortunately after a nice Tech defensive stop (which are hard to come by in this contest). The Tech offense was completely stalled with much too conservative “at the line of scrimmage” play calling. The ensuing punt and Kentucky offensive series was an excercise in the defense just getting man handled and pushed down the field until there was no way that Kentucky wasn’t going to power it in.
With 53 second and two timeouts left, Tech functionally took no chances, and though getting to mid field, and close to a chance to get into position for a field goal, Tech offered up an unchallenging offensive formation and play where Hooker was again caught immoble in a collapsing pocket.
Tech stumbles off the field with a tiny 17-14 lead.