Sunday, January 1, 2017

Bilo's Quick Belk Bowl Recap

Virginia Tech 35, Arkansas 24

The Hokies trailed Arkansas by 24 at the half, and then the Razorbacks never scored another point in the second half as Virginia Tech rolled off 35 unanswered points spurred by 4 Arkansas turnovers in the final two quarters. It was one of the biggest all-time bowl comeback wins in college football history.
Jerod Evans was abysmal in the first half for Tech, but came back and passed for 243 yards and 2 TDs, and rushed for 87 yards and 2 more scores. He led all Hokies in rushing yards for the game, and his 4 scores were enough to seal the win.
Virginia Tech scored 3 times in the 3rd on just 9 plays covering 70 yards, and took only 2:45 off of the clock. The Hokies completed a 10 win season for the first time since 2011 in the first season for head coach Justin Fuente.
Arkansas had rolled up 258 yards of offense by the half, but then was held to just 56 yards and their 4 turnovers in the second half. The implosion after half time was not unique for the Razorbacks, as they were outscored in the second half by a whopping 99 points for the season.
Travon McMillian scored the only other Hokie TD of the game.
Arkansas was held to just 2/14 on 3rd down conversions.
Arkansas was held to just 36 yards rushing for the game on 34 carries.
Austin Allen tossed 2 TD passes, but was picked 3 times, all in the final half.

2017 Openers: Virginia Tech vs. West Virginia @ Landover, MD (9/2); Florida A&M at Arkansas (9/2)

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