Virginia Tech failed to capitalize on early Marshall mistakes
If you watched the first drive of the game, you would never think that the Hokies offense was struggling this season. Running the ball, throwing the ball, and just about any offense of any kind has been hard to come by. That was not the case on the first possession.
Starting at their own 25-yard line, Virginia Tech marched 75 yards, with 62 of it coming on the ground, for a game-opening touchdown on a Kyron Drones quarterback keeper from 31 yards out. He was initially marked out at the 3-yard line by the official, in a bizarre call, but replay review overturned the call correctly.
On Marshall’s first possession, Keli Lawson had an interception near midfield to set up the offense. Unfortunately, they were not able to capitalize and turned the ball over on downs on a 4th-and-3 where Drones threw in triple coverage down the field instead of looking for a short pass or a QB keeper.
At the time, it certainly felt like a wasted opportunity for the Hokies to go up by two schools on the road. Scoring a touchdown, or just even a field goal, gives a team looking for any breaks some momentum. It didn’t happen and even though it was early in the game, it still felt like a huge missed opportunity. Well, it was.