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Virginia Tech football: Hokies defeat Old Dominion 31-17

It wasn’t particularly inspiring, but a win nonetheless.

Old Dominion v Virginia Tech
Hezekiah Grimsley with an outstanding touchdown catch in Virginia Tech’s win over Old Dominion.
Photo by Michael Shroyer/Getty Images

The Virginia Tech Hokies defeated the Old Dominion Monarchs 31-17 on Saturday to improve to 1-1 on the season. In a game that featured the return of Eric Kumah and Chris Cunningham to Blacksburg, the Hokies were always in control of this game, although it certainly wasn’t pretty.

Ryan Willis completed 16 of 28 passes for 272 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions. He ran the ball eight times for 34 yards and another score. However, in the fourth quarter after a run of 13 yards, Willis was tackled hard and fumbled, giving the ball to Old Dominion around midfield. He would not re-enter the game for the Hokies whether it was due to injury or head coach Justin Fuente benching him for the turnover. We’ll find out more later.

Deshawn McClease led the Hokies with 64 yards on 20 attempts, however, he also had a costly fumble deep inside of Virginia Tech territory. Fortunately for the Hokies, the defense held the Monarchs to a three-and-out and that would essentially end it. Keshawn King ran the ball six times for 23 yards and his first career touchdown. He looked good early and inexplicably never returned to the game.

Tayvion Robinson had another strong outing, catching four passes for 62 yards, while Tre Turner caught three for 60 yards. Hezekiah Grimsley chipped in with 45 yards and had a terrific circus catch in the end zone for a touchdown.

The defense had its moments, much like last week. ODU had just 70 total yards in the first half, but on two consecutive scoring drives in the second half, the Monarchs moved up and down the field with ease on the ground. Kumah and Cunningham were both non-factors as Tech did an excellent job against the pass.

The Hokies once again had problems with an athletic quarterback as Stone Smartt rushed for 48 yards and two scores.

The Hokies stay at home and host Furman next week.