COLUMBUS, OH (WAVY) – A bitter night for those wearing scarlet and grey, was a celebration unlike any other for fans and players wearing maroon and orange. Virginia Tech marched right into the house of horrors known as the “Horseshoe,” took it right to the mouth of 8th-ranked Ohio State, then danced and waved their way out with a 35-21 upset win.
A couple of numbers to put the win in perspective, it’s the first time in 36 years (since 1978) that the Buckeyes have lost a home-opener. It’s the highest ranked team the Hokies have ever beaten on the road under Frank Beamer, just the third time the Hokies have evertopped a top-10 team, and the first time OSU head man Urban Meyer has lost a home game since taking over the program two seasons ago.
All that said, it won’t mean anything if Tech can’t capitalize off it, “it doesn’t mean anything,” says Beamer. “It’s not a conference game, it’s a big game…but we need to take this and keep on building.”
It’ll be tough to build off the kind of night the Hokies had defensively. Tech put Buckeyes backup quarterback T.J. Barrett to the turf seven times, and turned the Buckeyes over three times, including the final interception by Donovan Riley, who sprinted 63 yards to the endzone with :46 seconds left to seal it.
The offense, lead by transfer quarterback Michael Brewer, has room to grow, but showed they can be solid. Brewer completed 23-of-36 passes for 199 yards. He threw two interceptions and fumbled once, but bounced back from all of that to throw a beauty of a fade to sophomore tight end Bucky Hodges (Salem High School in Virginia Beach) for the go-ahead touchdown with 8:44 to go.
The Hokies took a 28-21 lead off that throw, and never looked back. Brewer agrees wholeheartedly wit his head coach. “Not a lot of people can say they’ve beaten Ohio state at Ohio state,” said Brewer after the game, “It’s cool, but like I said to the guys, this doesn’t mean a whole lot unless we take care of business next week.”
Virginia Tech can surely expect one big standing ovation when they return to face East Carolina on Saturday at noon.