Virginia Tech Falls Short to Tennessee

 

 

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  • BRISTOL, Tenn. (HokieSports.com)– Virginia Tech got off to a great start in its game against the No. 17 Tennessee Volunteers, but turnovers and penalties turned out to be its undoing, as the Hokies fell to the Volunteers 45-24 on Saturday night at Bristol Motor Speedway.

    The long-anticipated event drew a crowd of 156,990 fans and broke college football’s single-game attendance record, surpassing the 115,109 fans who witnessed Michigan and Notre Dame at Michigan Stadium in 2013.

    Tennessee quarterback Josh Dobbs threw three touchdown passes and rushed for two more, as the Volunteers rallied from a 14-0 deficit to knock off the Hokies in the first regular-season meeting between the two teams since 1937.

    Virginia Tech (1-1) jumped out to a 14-0 lead in the first quarter on a 7-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Jerod Evans to Sam Rogers and a 69-yard touchdown run by tailback Travon McMillian. But an Evans fumble led to a 5-yard touchdown pass from Dobbs to Jauan Jennings early in the second quarter and that started a Volunteers’ string of 31 unanswered points.

    Dobbs completed 10 of 19 for 91 yards, with three touchdowns and an interception. He also ran for 106 yards.

    McMillian paced the Hokies with 127 yards rushing and the score. Evans completed 20 of 28 for 214 yards and a touchdown.

    McMillian paced the Hokies with 127 yards rushing and the score. Evans completed 20 of 28 for 214 yards and a touchdown.