No. 19 Virginia Tech beats Center Tennessee 35-14

Middle Tennessee quarterback Bailey Hockman (10) loses his helmet while sacked by Virginia Tech defensive back Chamarri Conner (1) in the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021, in Blacksburg Va. (AP Photo/Matt Gentry)

Center Tennessee quarterback Bailey Hockman (10) loses his helmet when sacked by Virginia Tech defensive back Chamarri Conner (1) in the 1st 50 percent of an NCAA college soccer video game, Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021, in Blacksburg Va. (AP Photograph/Matt Gentry)

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Raheem Blackshear rushed for two touchdowns to lead No. 19 Virginia Tech to a 35-14 victory around Center Tennessee on Saturday immediately after a gradual begin.

The Hokies (2-, 2- ACC) scored on their 1st 3 possessions of the 2nd 50 %, such as again-to-again TDs by Blackshear, in a video game they led 14-7 at halftime.

Virginia Tech broke open the recreation when Jalen Holston scored on a 29-garden, 3rd-quarter operate to take a 21-7 guide. Blackshear, who rushed for 58 yards, then scored on runs of 6 yards and 1 yard on ensuing belongings to assist the Hokies build a 35-7 cushion.

“At halftime, it was naturally a limited ball match. I did not come to feel like we ended up shocked it was shut,” Virginia Tech mentor Justin Fuente stated. “I don’t know that we’re the team that can just blow the doorways off persons. That’s just not how we’re created ideal now.

“I did not sense any panic or shock. That is what takes place with teams that are overconfident or arrogant. They are stunned that the other team needs to participate in. We realized what we were having into, so there was no shock, no worry. Those people men ended up ready to go back again out there and play.”

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

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

“I’m definitely very pleased of our group,” Middle Tennessee coach Rick Stockstill mentioned. “We’ve bought a definitely good soccer crew. I’m disappointed we dropped, but we fought our guts out. We get better at a few issues and and we have acquired a opportunity to have a excellent crew.”

THE TAKEAWAY

Middle Tennessee: The Blue Raiders held the game near till Hockman threw a 3rd-quarter interception that led to Blackshear’s 6-yard score to give the Hokies a 28-7 lead. Center Tennessee, which fell to -21 compared to ranked foes, now gears up for Meeting United states engage in, which starts off future Saturday.

Virginia Tech: The Hokies averted a letdown after an upset of then-No. 10 North Carolina in their season opener, using a balanced assault and great protection in a methodical earn over the Blue Raiders. Virginia Tech will receive a a great deal stiffer test following weekend with a road activity at rival West Virginia — its 1st highway test of the season. The Hokies and Mountaineers have faced every single other just when in the earlier 16 seasons.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

At worst, the Hokies will stay in their latest place, but they could move up pending motion in Saturday’s later games.

URGING Warning

Virginia Tech’s coaching staff members has been encouraging Burmeister to slide or get out of bounds much more to stay away from hits, and it breathed a sigh of reduction following Burmeister returned to the activity next a large strike from Middle Tennessee protection Gregory Grate Jr. in the initially quarter.

The Hokies need to have Burmeister, who missed 7 performs ahead of returning, to keep on being healthy. Their backup, Knox Kadum, experienced played in just just one activity in his occupation right before viewing action from Center Tennessee.

“I’m not utilised to sliding,” Burmeister said. “I haven’t definitely assumed about sliding until eventually this yr. It’s definitely a do the job in progress, and there are definitely some scenarios in which I can be a lot more conscious and get down before, but also get as many yards as I can.”

UP Subsequent

Middle Tennessee: The Blue Raiders perform at UTSA on Saturday.

Virginia Tech: The Hokies enjoy at West Virginia on Saturday.

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