VIRGINIA Sporting Alert – Defending national champion Ohio State gets its college football title defense charge underway on Monday night when it travel to face Virginia Tech at Lane Stadium/Worsham Field in Blacksburg.
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UPDATE: Brenden Motley passed to Isaiah Ford for 17 yds for a TD to finally get Virgina Tech on the scoreboard in second half. Ohio State 42, Virginia Tech 24.
UPDATE: J.T. Barrett passes to Michael Thomas for 26 yds for a TD, too easy now for the defending champions. Ohio State 42, Virginia Tech 17.
UPDATE: Cardale Jones runs easily from 10 yds for a TD and Ohio States keeps pulling away. Ohio State 35, Virginia Tech 17.
UPDATE: Braxton Miller goes on a 53 Yd Run, including a superb spin move to help the Buckeyes extend its lead. Ohio State 28, Virginia Tech 17.
UPDATE: Braxton Miller collects a 54 Yd pass from Cardale Jones for a touchdown. Ohio State 21, Virginia Tech 17.
UPDATE: Michael Brewer passes to Ryan Malleck for 1 yd for a touchdown and the Hokies have come from 14-0 down to take the lead. Ohio State 14, Virginia Tech 17
UPDATE: Joey Slye is successful with a 46 Yd Field Goal and Virginia Tech is within striking distance. Ohio State 14, Virginia Tech 10
UPDATE: Virginia Tech is now on the scoreboard as Michael Brewer connects with Sam Rogers for 51 yds for a TD to cut the score in half. Ohio State 14, Virginia Tech 7
UPDATE: Zeke Elliott races off for an 80-yard touchdown run on first play of second series. The Buckeyes are certainly up and running tonight. No complacent here.
UPDATE: Cardale Jones FINDS Curtis Samuel, who makes an impressive 24-yard catch for the first touchdown of the game. The defending champions are up and running early.
Curtis Samuel 24 Yd pass from Cardale Jones (Jack Willoughby Kick)
8 plays, 64 yards, 3:55
Ezekiel Elliott 80 Yd Run (Jack Willoughby Kick)
1 play, 80 yards, 0:13
Sam Rogers 51 Yd pass from Michael Brewer (Joey Slye Kick)
6 plays, 74 yards, 2:46
Joey Slye 46 Yd Field Goal
7 plays, 27 yards, 4:02
Ryan Malleck 1 Yd pass from Michael Brewer (Joey Slye Kick)
4 plays, 38 yards, 1:15
Braxton Miller 54 Yd pass from Cardale Jones (Jack Willoughby Kick)
3 plays, 75 yards, 1:07
Braxton Miller 53 Yd Run (Jack Willoughby Kick)
1 play, 53 yards, 0:12
Cardale Jones 10 Yd Run (Jack Willoughby Kick)
7 plays, 75 yards, 2:36
Michael Thomas 26 Yd pass from J.T. Barrett (Jack Willoughby Kick)
5 plays, 75 yards, 2:29
Brenden Motley passes to Isaiah Ford for 17 yds for a TD (Joey Slye KICK)
7 plays, 41 yards, 2:58
After sitting behind the scenes and watching several title contenders opened their season with victories, the No. 1 Buckeyes will now absorb all the attention, as coaches, fans and pundits brace for what is expected to be another challenging and unpredicted campaign.
Monday’s Labor Day battle will be a rematch from last year when the Hokies handed Ohio State its only defeat of the season in a shocking 35-21 result at home.
Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer blamed lack of preparations for the defeat, as it proved to be since his side went on to sharpen up as the season went on en route to winning 13 straight games, including the national championships.
But despite the positive outcome, which supposedly induced new life in the team during the push to the title winning season, Ohio State players didn’t shy away from admitting they want revenge in this rematch.
The plan is to do to the Hokies what they did to them in the last meeting.
Beat them on their own turf.
“They came into our house and embarrassed us (last year),” said senior tight end Nick Vannett. “We’re out for revenge and we’re going to do the same thing to them.”
It could be a challenging night for Virginia Tech which faces a tall order in this battle – having failed to beat a No. 1 ranked college football team in school history.
The Hokies, who finished last season with a 7-6 record, are 0-8 against No. 1-ranked teams in past AP polls, with seven of those defeats coming by double digits.
“[A] Real challenge to the program,” Virgina Tech’s coach Frank Beamer said ahead of the season opener for both teams.
“Real challenge to what we’re all about here at Virginia Tech. I think our players look forward to the challenge, but what an undertaking this is.”
They will also face a coach in Urban Meyer, who is 13-0 in season openers as a college football head coach, while the Buckeyes have a very healthy record against unranked opponents as the AP No. 1 team.
Meanwhile, Ohio State heads into the game without naming its starting quarterback, with Meyer opting to either keeping his cards close to him or he truly hasn’t made his final decision.
Eliminated from the picture though is the returning two-time Big Ten offensive player of the year Braxton Miller, who missed last season with a shoulder injury, as he will now play as a receiver.
With Miller out of the picture, it now leaves junior Cardale Jones, who stepped in at the latter stages of the season to guide the team to the national title last year, and sophomore J.T. Barrett, the starter from last year before he suffered a broken ankle and missed the last three games of the post season.
The Buckeyes will start the season without Dontre Wilson, Jalin Marshall and Corey Smith who are all suspended for the game.