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Virginia Tech football: Hokies trail 21-3 at halftime

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It’s ugly, folks.

Duke v Virginia Tech
Head coach Justin Fuente arrives at Lane Stadium before the Duke game
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The Virginia Tech Hokies trail the Duke Blue Devils 21-3 at halftime. Virginia Tech received the ball first and moved past midfield before the offense stalled. The defense held Duke on a three-and-out and received the ball back at midfield, but had to settle for three points.

Defensively, Bud Foster’s group was really good on Duke’s first three possessions. However, a fumble by Hendon Hooker/Keshawn King on what looked like a bad exchange gave the Blue Devils the ball at the Tech 16-yard line. Duke scored on the very next play.

The Hokies continued to struggle offensively, while the Blue Devils moved the ball with ease on its final two possessions of the first half to take a commanding 21-3 lead. While Ryan Willis started the game, Quincy Patterson came in and ran one play for three yards, while Hooker played a series. Unfortunately, the turnover led Willis to return to the game and the offensive issues continued.

For the first half, Willis completed just four of 13 passes for 35 yards. He looked as hapless as the numbers suggest. Of course, head coach Justin Fuente refuses to let either Hooker or Patterson throw the football. Deshawn McClease had a 45-yard run which was the bulk of Virginia Tech’s offense in the first half. Overall, the Hokies just 113 yards, while the Blue Devils have 167 total yards.

Tre Turner or Damon Hazelton have yet to catch a pass and the Hokies refuse to get James Mitchell and Dalton Keene involved in the passing game.

30 more minutes, folks.