Posted by Adam Jacobi
After one half of action, we might actually have a ballgame. Boise State leads 20-14, but considering the way the second quarter transpired, the Hokies must be encouraged about their chances of completing the comeback.
Boise State has looked like the better team throughout the first half, mainly because Virginia Tech looked terrible in the first quarter. A botched snap led to a Broncos field goal. A blocked punt led to a Broncos touchdown. Then, multiple penalties on the same play turned a Boise punt from their 48 to a BSU first down on the Virginia Tech 32--that would lead to another Boise State TD. All in the first quarter. Of course, credit must go to Boise State for converting on these opportunities, but it's Virginia Tech's startling ineptitude that led to those opportunities in the first place.
The second quarter featured markedly better play from Virginia Tech, though the Hokies would miss a field goal after making first and goal. They found the end zone twice, both on nice plays by All-ACC tailback Ryan Williams. Moreover, the second quarter featured mistakes by Boise State: the Hokies' second touchdown was set up by a lost fumble by Doug Martin, and the Broncos avoided total disaster when their half-ending punt--a mystifying decision in and of itself--was only partially blocked.
As for the second half, if Boise State keeps playing more disciplined football than the Virginia Tech, they'll probably win. Kellen Moore has looked good in the first half, and Tyrod Taylor hasn't done much on the ground. If the Hokies maintain their composure and commit fewer mistakes, though, it's anybody's ballgame.