Saturday, November 26, 2011
Halftime: Virginia Tech 14, Virginia 0
By Heather Dinich
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- This game is by no means over, but the Hokies have made more big plays and Virginia will need a spark in the second half to get back into it. The UVa fans could also use a spark, too, as the sold-out stadium here has gotten much quieter since the opening kickoff. Virginia Tech quarterback Logan Thomas has had good protection and has been throwing the deep ball well, while Virginia quarterback Michael Rocco has been throwing under pressure a lot. Here's a look back at some of the key points of the first half:
Turning point:Trailing 7-0, Virginia had a chance to tie the score on fourth-and-three from the Hokies' 7-yard line, but Virginia Tech came up with a big fourth-down stop as Kevin Parks came up a yard short, and Virginia turned it over on downs. The play summed up the first half for Virginia, as the Hoos were able to move the ball on Virginia Tech, but they obviously couldn't score. It was Virginia's first scoreless half of the season.
Stat of the half: Four-and-oh: Virginia had four drives into Virginia Tech territory and came away with zero points. The Hoos have had three punts, two fumbles, and a turnover on downs. On the flip side, the Hokies took miserable field position and made the most of it. Four of their five drives started at their own 17, 5, 4, and 3-yard line and they were able to sustain some long drives and capitalize in the red zone.
Best player in the half: Thomas. He has been overshadowed this season by teammate David Wilson, but Thomas has been the difference-maker. He completed 7 of 11 passes for 138 yards and a touchdown, and he has also run for 22 yards and a touchdown.