The Virginia Tech Hokies jumped out to a 21-0 lead in the first half at Louisville and it looked like it was going to be an easy day.
Louisville, behind its talented offense, scratched back. The Cardinals looked like they were going to sit on the ball and quarterback Malik Cunningham hands off to running back Javian Hawkins who proceeds to take it 90 yards to the house.
Suddenly, we have a ballgame.
Fortunately for Virginia Tech, its offense was good enough to withstand the struggles on defense.
The Hokies looked good on defense early, sacking Cunningham on two different occasions and bottling Hawkins up. On the day, Tech picked off Cunningham three times which was instrumental in the Hokies picking up a 42-35 win on Saturday.
Virginia Tech quarterback Hendon Hooker completed all 10 of his attempts for 183 yards, while also rushing for 68 yards and three touchdowns. Khalil Herbert carried the ball 21 times for 147 yards and a score.
As a team, the Hokies rushed for 283 yards and five touchdowns.
Things weren’t so good on defense despite a promising start. Virginia Tech allowed a really good Louisville to amass 548 total yards. Tech’s defense still struggles with the big play and tackling.
Virginia Tech improves to 4-2 on the season, and hosts Liberty next week.