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Virginia Tech football: Hokies survive Furman with a 24-17 victory

Virginia Tech moves to 2-1 on the season.

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Keshawn King celebrates a touchdown run in the win over Furman.
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The Virginia Tech Hokies moved to 2-1 on the season with a 24-17 victory over Furman on Saturday in Blacksburg. At halftime, things certainly felt a different as the Paladins went into the locker room with a 14-3 lead thanks to a pair of Virginia Tech turnovers in its own territory. Furman scored both touchdowns off Hokie turnovers.

The second half was a different story, though, thanks largely to freshman running back Keshawn King and sophomore receiver Tre Turner. After a three-and-out on defense, the Hokies took possession at their own 17-yard line. Two King runs later and they were at the Furman 14-yard line. King showed everyone exactly why they should be excited about King in the future. On the day, King finished with 119 yards on 12 attempts and also caught two passes for 16 yards.

Turner only caught four passes for 29 yards, but one went for a nice catch in the end zone. He also chipped in with 57 yards rushing on four attempts and a score. His touchdown run in the fourth quarter was a thing of beauty as he tightroped the sideline.

Quarterback Ryan Willis wasn’t particularly good. He completed 17 of 21 passes for 123 yards and had a terrible interception in the first half where he missed a wide open Hezekiah Grimsley. Willis left the game in the fourth quarter after taking a shot on a QB keeper. He returned on Tech’s final drive.

Defensively, again the Hokies gave up some big plays. Overall, Furman had just over 200 total yards, but 163 were on the ground. The Paladins completed just nine passes for 68 yards. Chamarri Conner had a terrific game for the Hokies.

This was an uninspiring performance and awful to watch. The Hokies won, I guess. The Hokies are off next week and host Duke in two weeks on a Friday night in Blacksburg.