BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP)Braxton Burmeister threw for 212 yards and a touchdown to lead Virginia Tech to a 21-10 victory over Richmond on Saturday.
Tayvion Robinson added a 60-yard punt return for a score for the Hokies (3-1), who struggled against a Richmond team that played nearly the entire game without starting quarterback Joe Mancuso (injured hand).
Burmeister threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to Tre Turner on the opening possession of the game to cap a 65-yard drive – the Hokies’ best of the game. An Aaron Banks interception led to Richmond’s only touchdown, with Savon Smith scoring on a 16-yard run to tie the game in the second quarter.
Robinson’s touchdown and a 1-yard score by backup quarterback Connor Blumrick were enough for Virginia Tech to register the win.
Turner caught six passes for 102 yards for the Hokies, who amassed just 318 yards.
Beau English II completed 15 of 23 for just 77 yards to lead Richmond, which finished with only 237 yards.
Richmond: The Spiders played well enough on defense to make this a game, but struggled without Mancuso, who injured his throwing hand on Richmond’s second play and didn’t return. Richmond did not have a play longer than 16 yards following Mancuso’s injury. The Spiders will need to find some ways to move the ball if Mancuso is out for an extended period.
Virginia Tech: This was an uninspired performance by the Hokies, who were looking to bounce back following last week’s close road loss to West Virginia. Virginia Tech looked lost on offense, barely rushing for 100 yards against an FCS team and struggling on third down (6 of 13). The Hokies need to find some offense before a visit from Notre Dame on Oct. 9
Richmond: The Spiders play at home against Elon next Saturday.
Virginia Tech: The Hokies are off next week before playing host to No. 12 Notre Dame on Oct. 9.
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