The Hokies led off with a 22-yard pass play in the first overtime, and the Rutgers defense was backed into a corner. Rutgers' defense stood up and nearly intercepted the third-down pass. That forced Virginia Tech to take the field goal. After starting on the 25, that should have been more than enough for Rutgers to win.
Virginia Tech only scored a touchdown on the drive that started in the red zone. The only other score was a field goal off back-to-back passes of over 25 yards.
Rutgers' ability to push the Hokies out of field-goal range after they recovered a fumble in-range was the biggest reason this grade wasn't a “D.” The other major reason was the game-saving interception near the end of the quarter.
Rutgers continued to shut the Virginia Tech offense down through the third quarter. Virginia Tech still hasn't gotten any points at all. Rutgers should sell its game tape to other schools that aren't in competition with it.
Rutgers defense continued to play headline-worthy football in through the second quarter. The Hokies punted on every offensive drive of the second quarter except the last one. Brandon Jones yanked the ball out of the air for an interception on that drive.
The most success Virginia Tech has seen all game has been a punt. Rutgers is playing stunning defense.
Virginia Tech: 83 passing yards and -10 rushing yards.
Khaseem Greene came up with what he thought was a safety on the first Hokies drive of the game. Instead, Greene scored the first touchdown of the game after recovering the fumbled ball in the end zone.
The defense followed that up by bringing stifling pressure on the Hokies for the rest of the first quarter. Rutgers even forced Virginia Tech into a delay-of-game penalty after all the terror it wreaked on the Hokies. Virginia Tech has scored zero points against Rutgers, and that's an "A+" performance for sure.