On Saturday, Virginia Tech played a sloppy first half, failing to make tackles and was unable to pull away from Marshall. With the Thundering Herd controlling the clock with a running game led by Virginia native Ahmad Bradshaw, Marshall hung with Tech and trailed just 14-7 at halftime.
The second half was a different story. The Hokies rallied for 20 points in the third quarter on a Vince Hall fumble recovery for a touchdown, a 48-yard touchdown by wide receiver David Clowney from Marcus Vick, and two field goals by kicker Brandon Pace.
Tech continued their barrage in the 4th quarter, adding a two-yard touchdown by George Bell earlier in the final frame to take a 41-7 lead and the game’s final score for the Hokies. Marshall added a touchdown at just seconds remaining to end the game 41-14.
Without the services of running back Mike Imoh, the Hokies utilized a host of running backs including Cedric Humes, Branden Ore, and George Bell. Unfortunately for the Hokies, Humes was injured Saturday as well, breaking his arm.
On the day, quarterback Marcus Vick completed 11-16 passes for 163-yards and a touchdown despite one interception. Branden Ore led the Hokie rushing attack with 19 carries for 146-yards, an average of 7.7 yards per carry. Josh Morgan was Tech’s leading receiver with four catches for 63-yards. David Clowney added two catches for 56-yards and a score on Saturday.
Defensively, Tech gave up just under 300-yards against the Thundering Herd but just 14 points, seven coming in the game’s final minute with the outcome already decided.
With the win, Virginia Tech improves to 6-0 on the season. The Hokies will be in action again at Maryland on Thursday October 20th.