BLACKSBURG, VA. — Grant Wells threw for 314 yards and two touchdowns to lead Virginia Tech to a 27-7 win over Wofford on Saturday.
Wells completed 26 of 35 passes and dominated the Hokies’ (2-1) defense throughout, handing the Terriers (0-3) their 13th straight loss.
Virginia Tech put the game away with 17 seconds left in the quarter, which was more than enough against a Wofford offense that had been held scoreless until Nathan Walker’s 3-yard touchdown run 9:34 into the game this season.
That score, set up by a 47-yard pass from Wofford’s Jimmy Wyrick to Landon Parker, prevented the Hokies from recording their first shutout since 2019.
“I’d be lying if I said no,” Virginia Tech coach Brent Pry said when asked if he wanted closure. “We flipped some guys and talked about it in the locker room. The standard is the level. When you go into that game, you represent everybody. When you have a chance to do that, you have to shut down, but it’s a learning opportunity.”
The Hokies’ second quarter touchdowns came on a Jalen Holston 1-yard run and an 11-yard pass from Wells to Jadan Blue. Wells later added a 27-yard touchdown pass to Bryce Duke.
Wells, who threw four interceptions in Old Dominion’s season-opening loss to Virginia Tech, has not thrown an interception in the Hokies’ last two games.
“I thought I played well,” Wells said. “We made some completions to start drives, and then we had some big third-down conversions that helped the offense’s momentum. When you have drives like that, you get the whole drive, the whole feeling kicks in, it really helps.”
Wofford, who was outscored 84-7 this season, finished with just 199 yards of offense once he got into the state of Virginia Tech.
“After struggling for a few quarters, it was great to see us get back together there in the fourth quarter,” Wofford coach Josh Conklin said. “We created explosive dramas. The defense battled their tails off all game, which was encouraging to see.
Wofford: Conklin brought in 10 new assistants after the Terriers went 1-10 in 2021. However, the result is the same.
Virginia Tech: As expected, the Hokies put up good numbers in every phase of the game, but they probably didn’t learn anything about themselves. The Hokies will face stiff competition when they visit West Virginia for Thursday’s showdown between two border neighbors and old Big East Conference rivals.
Expand the wealth
Wells and backup Jason Brown combined to pass to 11 different receivers, while Wells completed nine different passes. Christian Moss and Nick Gallo led the Hokies with five receptions each.
“That’s who we’re supposed to be, and I think that’s who Grant is,” Pry said. “It’s not about the man. It’s the right throw, and that’s the type of quarterback that can do that.”
Trying to be healthy
The Hokies are without defensive linemen Tijuan Garbutt and Josh Fuga and cornerback Keshaun King with injuries. Prim hoped that all three would be able to climb the mountains.
“If we felt like they could go and it was the right thing to do, they would have,” said Pree. “It just didn’t feel right to me. We went with Shawn until today and he just couldn’t get up to full speed. … Going into Thursday night, we definitely have to be healthy and stay healthy.
Wofford: The Terriers play at Kennesaw State on Saturday.
Virginia Tech: The Hokies play host to West Virginia on Thursday.