NORFOLK, Va. — Blake LaRussa got here off the bench to throw for 495 yards and 4 touchdowns to steer Outdated Dominion to a 49-35 upset of No. 13 Virginia Tech on Saturday within the Hokies’ first sport on the cross-state college that restarted its soccer program in 2009.
LaRussa, who entered the sport on ODU’s second sequence, accomplished 30 of 49 and rushed for a landing to steer the 29-point underdog Monarchs (1-Three) to a surprising win over the Hokies (2-1) from the Atlantic Coast Convention.
Jeremy Cox’s 40-yard landing run with 1:34 remaining sealed the primary win in program historical past in opposition to a crew from a Energy 5 convention. After the sport, the ODU trustworthy stormed the sphere.
The Hokies (2-1) led 28-21 after a 72-yard landing move from Josh Jackson to Damon Hazelton with 32 seconds left within the third quarter, however ODU scored on its subsequent two possessions, taking a 35-28 lead on a 15-yard landing run by Cox with 9:57 to go — the Monarchs first lead of the sport.
Issues bought worse for Virginia Tech, as Jackson went down with a decrease leg harm on the primary play of the following drive. Backup quarterback Ryan Willis led the Hokies on a 75-yard march that ended with a 13-yard landing move to Chris Cunningham with 7:15 remaining, tying the sport at 35.
However the Hokies merely had no reply for ODU. LaRussa polished off a 75-yard drive with a fantastic 29-yard fade sample to Jonathan Duhart for a landing with 5:11 left that was the sport winner.
Led by LaRussa and Cox, ODU completed with 632 yards of offense in opposition to a Virginia Tech crew that has prided itself on protection for many years underneath coordinator Bud Foster. Cox rushed for 130 yards.
Steven Peoples paced the Hokies with a career-high 156 yards speeding and two touchdowns. Jackson, who threw two landing passes earlier than leaving with the harm, was carted off the sphere and returned to the sideline on crutches.
Virginia Tech: The Hokies regarded flat coming off an unscheduled open week courtesy of Hurricane Florence, which pressured final Saturday’s cancelation of Virginia Tech’s sport in opposition to East Carolina. The Hokies’ protection regarded nothing just like the unit that had given up simply 20 factors mixed within the first two video games.
Foster must shore up a banged-up secondary, as Tech heads into ACC play.
ODU: The Monarch seem to have discovered a pacesetter in LaRussa, who got here into the sport with 183 yards passing as a reserve, however surpassed that within the first half. The 5-foot-11 LaRussa confirmed uncanny accuracy in opposition to Virginia Tech’s man protection, profiting from the 6-foot-Three Duhart and 6-Three Travis Fulgham (188 yards). He could be the spark that the Monarchs wanted after getting off to a dismal Zero-Three begin that included losses to Liberty, FIU and Charlotte.
Virginia Tech: The Hokies open ACC play subsequent Saturday once they tackle Duke in Durham, North Carolina.
ODU: The Monarchs journey to East Carolina.