The Virginia Tech Hokies (1-0) will play their home-opener Saturday at 3:30 p.m. against FCS program Delaware (1-0).
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Virginia Tech vs. Delaware game time, information
Date: Saturday, Sept. 9
Time: 3:30 p.m. ET kickoff
Location: Lane Stadium, Blacksburg, Virginia
Weather: mostly sunny, high 69 degrees
Network: ACC Network
The line: Syracuse -9.5
Virginia Tech vs. Delaware preview
Virginia Tech opened its second season under head coach Justin Fuente by pulling out a thrilling 31-24 victory over then-No. 22 West Virginia in Washington, D.C. Saturday, the Hokies should face an easier test as FCS foe Delaware travels to Blacksburg for the Hokies’ home opener.
Following Virginia Tech’s win over West Virginia, the buzz around the program has centered on redshirt freshman quarterback Josh Jackson. Jackson threw for 235 yards and a touchdown and ran for 101 yards and another score in the win, becoming the first Virginia Tech quarterback to throw for over 200 yards and rush for over 100 in the same game since Logan Thomas in 2013. As a result, Jackson was named the ACC’s Rookie of the Week.
The Hokies also had two other players receive weekly honors from the ACC. Wide receiver Cam Phillips, who caught 7 passes for 132 yards and a touchdown in Week 1, was named the ACC Receiver of the Week. Andrew Motuapuaka was named the ACC Linebacker of the Week for his 12-tackler performance, which included a sack of West Virginia quarterback Jeff Grier with 22 seconds left in the game.
Delaware won its season-opener against in-state rival Delaware State with ease, 22-3. The Blue Hens may be an FCS team, but they have experience playing against larger-conference opponents. This will be the fourth consecutive season in which Delaware plays a team in the ACC.
In his media conference Wednesday, Fuente described Delware as “hard-nosed” and “disciplined,” which he said is typical of the style of first-year Delaware coach Danny Rocco. Offensively, Delaware is led by wide receiver Diante Cherry, who scored both of the Blue Hens’ touchdowns in Week 1. Cherry caught four passes for 83 yards and also scored on a 19-yard rush.