GAMEDAY College Football

Virginia Tech 35, Middle Tennessee 14

(AP Photo/Matt Gentry)

Associated Press

BLACKSBURG, Va. - Raheem Blackshear rushed for two touchdowns to lead No. 19 Virginia Tech to a 35-14 victory over Middle Tennessee after a slow start.

The Hokies (2-0, 2-0 ACC) scored on their first three possessions of the second half, including back-to-back TDs by Blackshear, in a game they led 14-7 at halftime.

Virginia Tech broke open the game when Jalen Holston scored on a 29-yard, third-quarter run to take a 21-7 lead. Blackshear, who rushed for 58 yards, then scored on runs of 6 yards and 1 yard on ensuing possessions to help the Hokies build a 35-7 cushion.

"At halftime, it was obviously a tight ball game. I didn't feel like we were shocked it was close," Virginia Tech coach Justin Fuente said. "I don't know that we're the team that can just blow the doors off people. That's just not how we're built right now.

"I didn't sense any panic or shock. That's what happens with teams that are overconfident or arrogant. They're shocked that the other team wants to play. We knew what we were getting into, so there was no shock, no panic. Those guys were ready to go back out there and play."

Braxton Burmeister went 14 of 24 for 142 yards and a score for Virginia Tech, which finished with 375 yards.

Bailey Hockman threw 19 of 32 for 207 yards and a score to lead the Blue Raiders (1-1, 0-1 CUSA), who had 349 yards.

"I'm really proud of our team," Middle Tennessee coach Rick Stockstill said. "We've got a really good football team. I'm disappointed we lost, but we fought our guts out. We get better at a few things and and we've got a chance to have a good team."


Scoring Summary
First Quarter MiddTnVaTech
VaTech TD 0:19 Tayvion Robinson 6 yd pass from Braxton Burmeister (John Parker Romo kick) 0 7
Second Quarter MiddTnVaTech
VaTech TD 8:55 Connor Blumrick 2 yd run (John Parker Romo kick) 0 14
MiddTn TD 5:17 CJ Windham 5 yd pass from Bailey Hockman (Zeke Rankin kick) 7 14
Third Quarter MiddTnVaTech
VaTech TD 7:52 Jalen Holston 29 yd run (John Parker Romo kick) 7 21
VaTech TD 3:16 Raheem Blackshear 6 yd run (John Parker Romo kick) 7 28
Fourth Quarter MiddTnVaTech
VaTech TD 11:27 Raheem Blackshear 1 yd run (John Parker Romo kick) 7 35
MiddTn TD 0:27 Marquel Tinsley 6 yd pass from Chase Cunningham (Zeke Rankin kick) 14 35
Team Stats
  Middle Tennessee Virginia Tech
First downs 20 24
  Rushing 9 14
  Passing 11 8
  Penalty 0 2
3rd Down Efficiency 7-16, 44% 7-12, 58%
4th down efficiency 2-3, 67% 1-1, 100%
Rushes-Yards 36-66 39-224
Passing Yards 283 159
Return Yards 18 198
Completions-Attempts-Int 26-40-1 17-28-0
Sacks-Yards Lost 3--20 1--13
Punts 6 4
Punts-Average 45.8 42.5
Fumbles Lost 1-0 0-0
Penalties - Yards 6-52 3-26
Time of Possession 31:28 28:27
Middle Tennessee Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
B. Hockman 19 32 207 1 1
C. Cunningham 7 8 76 1 0
Virginia Tech Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
B. Burmeister 14 24 142 1 0
K. Kadum 3 4 17 0 0
Middle Tennessee Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
A. Rasul 14 39 2.8 0
C. Mobley 11 20 1.8 0
M. DiLiello 1 17 17.0 0
M. Pettaway 3 9 3.0 0
C. Cunningham 1 -1 -1.0 0
F. Peasant 2 -4 -2.0 0
B. Hockman 4 -14 -3.5 0
Virginia Tech Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
R. Blackshear 10 53 5.3 2
B. Burmeister 8 52 6.5 0
C. Blumrick 3 38 12.7 1
J. Holston 5 31 6.2 1
K. King 7 15 2.1 0
K. Kadum 2 13 6.5 0
M. Thomas 2 11 5.5 0
T. Turner 1 10 10.0 0
J. Mitchell 1 1 1.0 0
Middle Tennessee Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
J. Marshall 8 111 13.9 0
E. Metcalf 3 48 16.0 0
J. Pierce 3 40 13.3 0
J. Lane 4 30 7.5 0
C. Windham 3 15 5.0 1
B. Anderson 1 12 12.0 0
C. Mobley 1 11 11.0 0
M. Tinsley 1 6 6.0 1
J. Thompson 1 5 5.0 0
T. Sweet 1 5 5.0 0
Virginia Tech Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
T. Turner 4 67 16.8 0
T. Robinson 4 41 10.3 1
K. Smith 3 25 8.3 0
D. Deiuliis 1 11 11.0 0
J. Mitchell 2 6 3.0 0
K. King 1 5 5.0 0
R. Blackshear 1 5 5.0 0
D. Lofton 1 -1 -1.0 0
Middle Tennessee Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Virginia Tech Interceptions
Player Int Yards
J. Waller 1 30
Middle Tennessee Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
K. Ulbrich 6 275 45.8
Virginia Tech Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
P. Moore 4 170 42.5
Middle Tennessee Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Virginia Tech Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
T. Robinson 2 60 30.0
Middle Tennessee Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
J. Lane 1 18 18.0
Virginia Tech Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
K. King 2 77 38.5
M. Lee 1 31 31.0
Middle Tennessee Missed FG
Player Length
Virginia Tech Missed FG
Player Length




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