With just under six minutes remaining in the first quarter, the Virginia Tech and Purdue non-conference battle at Lane Stadium is in a rain delay. Twitter (oops, I mean X) is going crazy with videos of the torrential rain coming down in Blacksburg.
The weather was causing havoc and even forced the video board at Lane Stadium to start shorting out.
The weather delay is just what the Hokies needed as the first 9:10 of the game was about as bad of a start as coach Brent Pry’s crew could have had. Purdue took the opening kickoff and marched down the field to open the scoring on a 15-yard touchdown run from Devin Mockobee.
On Virginia Tech’s first possession, the Hokies picked up a first down on a 21-yard pass connection from quarterback Grant Wells to Jaylin Lane, but it proved to be a costly play as wide receiver Ali Jennings was rolled up on blocking and left the game with a left leg injury. He was helped off the field and taken back to the locker room without putting any weight on his leg.
The Hokies looked all out of sorts on defense as Purdue was driving again when play was stopped because of the weather, so this might be a good thing for Pry to get his team back in the locker room to settle things down and make some early adjustments.
The Boilermakers don’t look like a team that was beaten, 39-35, on their home field last weekend in an upset by Fresno State. The wet weather could end up playing a part in the result and it will be tough for both teams to pass the ball, so the one that is able to adjust to the elements might end up winning the game.