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Virginia Tech defeats Middle Tennessee, 35-14, to move to 2-0 on the season

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It was a different game in the second half.

NCAA Football: Middle Tennessee at Virginia Tech
Virginia Tech WR Tayvion Robinson after scoring Hokies’ first touchdown in win over Middle Tennessee
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The Virginia Tech Hokies led the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders 14-7 at halftime in what was shaping up to be the team’s latest struggle against a lesser opponent. The Hokies struggled on offense and were outgained by MTSU in the first 30 minutes.

Everything changed in the final 30 minutes as the Hokies dominated the second half en route to a 35-14 victory. Virginia Tech improves to 2-0 on the season.

Quarterback Braxton Burmeister completed 14 of 24 passes for 142 yards and a touchdown. He also rushed for 39 yards on seven attempts. Burmeister was briefly knocked out of the game in the first half on a questionable hit by a MTSU defender. The play was ruled a late hit but could have very well been called targeting.

Raheem Blackshear led the Hokies with 54 rushing yards on nine attempts and scored two touchdowns. Jalen Holston had 31 yards rushing, including a slick 29-yard touchdown run.

This game also featured the debut of quarterback Connor Blumrick. Virginia Tech used Blumrick as an offensive weapon in the mold of former quarterback Quincy Patterson, and Blumrick scored a touchdown. He also had a slick run late in the fourth quarter that shows his potential.

We’ll have more on this game later, but it was a strong effort in the second half by the Hokies to pull away and cover the spread.

Next up is our old friends from Morgantown: the West Virginia Mountaineers.