Instacap: Ohio State's Second-Half Rally Comes up Short in 35-21 Loss to Virginia Tech

By Tim Shoemaker on September 6, 2014 at 11:59 pm

After trailing by two touchdowns at halftime, Ohio State rallied in Saturday's second half, but ultimately fell short against Virginia Tech in a 35-21 loss.

Ezekiel Elliot's 15-yard touchdown run with 11:40 remaining in the fourth quarter tied the game at 21-all, but the Hokies responded with a six-play, 65-yard drive capped by a 10-yard touchdown pass from Michael Brewer to Bucky Hodges that proved to be the game-winner.

With the Buckeyes driving for a potential game-tying drive, redshirt freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett was intercepted by Donovan Riley, who returned it 63 yards to the house to seal the victory.

Ohio State's defense couldn't seem to get off the field on third down as the Hokies were successful of 9 of 16 third-down attempts. The Buckeyes were just 2 for 12 on third down.

Virginia Tech's stout defense harassed Barrett all evening, holding him to just 9-for-29 passing for 219 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions. The Hokies racked up seven sacks in the game.

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