Sunday, September 7, 2014

Ohio State Falls to Virginia Tech in Home Opener, 35-21

Ohio State rallied from a 14-point deficit to tie the game in the fourth quarter, but ultimately were unable to pull out the come-from-behind win as Virginia Tech came away with the 35-21 win at Ohio Stadium -- snapping Ohio State's 35-game home-opener win streak.

VT's Michael Brewer passed for two touchdowns and Virginia Tech's defense stood tough at the end. Keyshoen Jarrett had two interceptions and Donovan Riley returned another 63 yards for a TD in the final minute before a record crowd of 107,517 at enlarged Ohio Stadium.

Brewer led the Hokies (2-0) to a 21-7 lead at the half. After his fumble led to the Buckeyes (1-1) pulling even on Ezekiel Elliott's 15-yard run early in the fourth quarter, he led a 65-yard drive capped by a 10-yard scoring pass to Bucky Hodges with 8:44 left.

Ohio State's J.T. Barrett was 9-of-29 for 219 yards and a touchdown with three interceptions. He led all rushers with 70 yards on 24 carries.

It was Ohio State's third loss in its last four games after a school-record 24-game winning streak.

"It's not the last game of the season," Ohio State tight end Jeff Heuerman said. "There's a long way to go to finish out. Coach Meyer's message after the game is there's a lot to accomplish but we have to accomplish it at 11-1."

Ohio State drew within a touchdown when Barrett tossed a short pass in the right flat to Michael Thomas, who spun and raced untouched the rest of the way for a 53-yard TD that left the Hokies up 21-14.

Then Brewer, who had stared down Ohio State's vaunted front all night, got hit from behind on a scramble by end Joey Bosa and fumbled, with Rashad Frazier recovering at the Virginia Tech 15. Two plays later, Elliott took an option pitch around right end and broke three tackles, tying it at 21 with 11:40 left in the fourth quarter.

Virginia Tech took over at its own 35 after an Ohio State kickoff went out of bounds.

Deon Newsome went 22 yards on an end around and Rogers gained 17 more on a reverse on which he faked a pass and then picked his way downfield.

On second and goal from the 10, Brewer fired a low, hard pass to the outside for Hodges to put Virginia Tech up 28-21.

Riley put the icing on the win when he stepped in front of a Barrett pass and raced down the right sideline - and in front of the Ohio State bench - for the 63-yard score with 46 seconds left.

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