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Halftime: Virginia Tech Hokies Lead Richmond Spiders, 14-7

All oldies but goldies. The Hokies score on their opening drive and then the offense sputters out while the defense and special teams keep them in the game.

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At the half, the Virginia Tech Hokies lead the Richmond Spiders, 14-7

The Hokies received the opening kick-off and Braxton Baumeister opened VT’s drive with a 27-yard strike to Tre Turner. Less than two minutes later he again found Turner, who performed quite the airborne acrobatics to get a foot down in-bounds, for the TD! The Spiders took the field and initially found some seams in the Virginia Tech defense before being forced to punt with nine minutes left in the first quarter. After the opening drive the Hokies started to flatten their offensive curve. A collection of execution errors and missed opportunities found VT unable to meet up with the end zone again before the end of the first quarter.

To start the second quarter VT’s offense maintained where they left off at the end of the first, culminating in an interesting decision to fake a punt and go for it on 4th and 14. Punter, Peter Moore, threw an absolute duck that was well short of the intended receiver. More offensive surprises arrived when the Hokies put QB Knox Kadum in who promptly threw and interception, setting the Spiders up on VT’s 16 yard-line. All Richmond needed was one 16-yard play, from RB Savon Smith, to tie the game 7-7.

With less than five minutes left in the half the VT defense backed the Spiders up to their 18 yard-line, setting up a 60-yard punt return touchdown by Tavyion Robinson. The Hokies regained the lead 14-7. In what seems like a cut-and-paste of so many VT first half performances, the offense game out strong and then stalled. On field execution errors and questionable coaching decisions find the Hokies looking laggard against the No. 24 FCS team in the country.

Richmond will get the ball to start the second half.