FINAL: VIRGINIA TECH 42, FURMAN 3
5:15 remaining: Virginia Tech freshman quarterback Dwayne Lawson caps a 14-play drive with a four-yard touchdown run.
4:48 remaining: After an interception by Virginia Tech’s Adonis Alexander, Brenden Motley throws a 32-yard touchdown pass to Isaiah Ford to give the Hokies a 35-3 lead.
6:07 remaining: Trey Edmunds with a 1-yard touchdown run for Virginia Tech to help extend the lead to 28-3. Brenden Motley was 4-for-4 passing on the drive hitting wide open receivers for the Hokies.
9:42 remaining: Furman gets on the board thanks to a 49-yard field goal by Greenwood’s Jon Croft Hollingsworth.
12:45 remaining: Brenden Motley throws a 1-yard touchdown to Isaiah Ford as Virginia Tech extends the lead to 21-0. The Hokies’ Travon McMillian ran for a 63-yard gain on the first play of the half to help set up the score. Furman senior cornerback Reggie Thomas, from Abbeville, was shaken up on the drive.
Freshman running back Triston Luke leads Furman with 32 yards rushing on four carries. Reese Hannon is 5-of-15 passing for 55 yards.
Furman had a couple of promising drives in the first half, but could not find the end zone. Virginia Tech has a 212-117 advantage in total offense.
13:53 remaining: Virginia Tech quarterback Brenden Motley waltzes into the end zone for a 4-yard TD. It came after a 4th-and-2 conversion on the previous play and a 46-yard pass by Motley earlier in the drive. Hokies lead Furman 14-0.
6:33 remaining: Promising Furman drive ends when Reese Hannon is hit from behind and fumbles. Paladins picked up two first downs on the drive on option pitches to Triston Luke.
8:49 remaining: Virginia Tech middle linebacker Andrew Motuapuaka with one of the easiest pick-sixes you’ll ever see. His 18-yard interception return for a touchdown helps the Hokies take a 7-0 lead.
Virginia Tech has one South Carolina native on the roster. It’s former Mauldin High standout Jonathan McLaughlin, who starts at left tackle.
It’s Military Appreciation Day today at Virginia Tecch. The Hokies are in new white helmets, and white jerseys and pants. Furman is sporting their alternate black uniforms and black pants.
Virginia Tech leads the all-time series 5-0 including a 24-7 victory here in 2008. The Paladins managed just 26 yards of total offense in the opening half that day, but only trailed 3-0 at the break before the Hokies pulled away in the third quarter.
Furman players, coming off a 38-35 loss to now No. 1-ranked Coastal Carolina, are looking forward to getting the chance to play in front of what will be their biggest crowd of the season.