Va. Tech-Maryland halftime notes
Virginia Tech's offensive potency had gone missing the past few weeks. On Saturday, the Hokies reclaimed a form that developed over the first half of the season
Quarterback Tyrod Taylor has gashed Maryland's secondary for 200 passing yards in the first half. He has thrown a career-high three touchdowns (to three different receivers) and no interceptions, completing 10 of 17 passes. It mirrored the efficient, effective Taylor that showed in wins over Duke and Boston College.
Taylor's longest pass was a 64-yard touchdown pass to Jarrett Boykin in the second quarter. While the play resulted in a score, it was not because of crisp execution. Taylor threw into traffic, but the Hokies benefited from the Terrapins' poor coverage, and Boykin spun away from Maryland strong safety Jamari McCollough, who missed the tackle.
Taylor's first touchdown pass was a 3-yard strike to tight end Andre Smith. It was the first touchdown reception by a Hokies tight end this season.
Here are some more notes:
-- Running back Ryan Williams had 51 yards rushing and a touchdown on 11 carries in the first half. It was his 12th overall touchdown this season, giving him Virginia Tech's freshman record for touchdowns in a season.
-- Williams's 1-yard score came on Virginia Tech's opening possession. It was just the second time this season that Virginia Tech scored a touchdown on its opening drive; it did so against Nebraska on Sept. 19.
-- Virginia Tech lost the coin toss on Saturday. The Hokies have lost the coin toss in all 10 games this season. The odds of losing a coin toss 10 times in a row is 1 in 1,024.
-- Michael Via made his second collegiate start, replacing Beau Warren at center. Warren, who sprained the medial collateral ligament in his left knee against North Carolina on Oct. 29, did not make the trip to College Park. He also missed the game against East Carolina on Nov. 5.
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