Saturday, September 19, 2015

Halftime: Virginia Tech 24, Purdue 17

                                     Photo Credit: Geno Green

On what looked to be an overcast day in West Lafayette, IN., turned into a glistening, sunny, late-summer afternoon at Ross-Ade Stadium.

Purdue’s inability to produce on its opening drive led to a three and out and Virginia Tech would take advantage on its first drive.

Brenden Motley got into a early rhythm with a 40-yard completion to Ryan Malleck highlighted a 6 play, 49-yard drive capped off by a 35-yd FG make from Joey Slye to open the scoring.

The Hokies’ brand of defense/special teams dubbed “Beamer Ball” struck on the Boilermakers’ next possession as Austin Appleby fumbled on 3rd and 9 as cornerback Kendall Fuller caused the fumble and Chuck Clark would benefit by scooping the ball up the ground for a 20-yard touchdown.

Purdue would respond on the next drive as Appleby’s 2-yar quarterback keeper for a TD, which highlighted a 9-play, 74-yard drive in 3:06 to close the gap to 10-7.

VT and Purdue both went three and out on their next drives

Danny Ezechukwu recovered a Motley fumble and went 90 yards for a TD— second longest in school history to give Purdue its first lead of the game at 14-10 with 14:03 left in the first half.

Motley connected with Hodges on a lob pass in the left corner of the end zone for a 3-yd TD reception to back up 17-14 with 8:00 remaining in the opening half.

After both teams would punt on their next possessions, The Boilermakers would even things at 17 on a 34-yd field goal by Paul Griggs.

On the next drive on 1st and Goal, Motley did not the see the snap initially, but adjusted on the fly and rushed the ball in from five yards out to the weak side for a Hokies touchdown to go back in front 24-17 with 1:08 left in the opening half.