Hokies stunned by ODU for 2nd time in 4 years

by Ricardo Gutierrez - Old Dominion took advantage of five turnovers by Virginia Tech and went on to a 20-17 win on Friday that marked the Monarchs' second upset of the Hokies in four years.

Old Dominion does it again in second upset of Virginia Tech in four years 12:38 AM ET Andrea AdelsonESPN Senior Writer Close ACC reporter. Joined ESPN.com in 2010. Graduate of the University of Florida. For the second time in four years, Virginia Tech lost on the road to Old Dominion , falling on Friday night 20-17. Old Dominion fans stormed the field to celebrate their second win over a Power 5 team. The first also came against the Hokies in 2018, a 49-35 victory. This was not exactly the way first-year Virginia Tech head coach Brent Pry wanted to start the season. The Hokies had five turnovers, leading to 17 Old Dominion points. The most crucial came with 2:58 remaining in the game. Leading 17-13, quarterback Grant Wells threw an interception that set up the game-winning score, a 1-yard touchdown run from Blake Watson with 33 seconds remaining. Editor's Picks CFP board decides on 12-team playoff format 2h Heather Dinich and Pete Thamel Virginia Tech also committed 15 penalties for 121 yards. Wells, starting his first game for Virginia Tech, threw four interceptions and went 21-of-36 for 197 yards with a touchdown. Playing road games against the Group of 5 has not worked out particularly well for ACC teams that end up scheduling them. With this loss, the league now has 20 road losses against Group of 5 teams in the College Football Playoff era. The game was a slog right from the outset as neither offense could find much rhythm. Old Dominion led 10-7 at halftime. Then, the start of the second half was delayed 15 minutes because members of the Virginia Tech coaching staff had difficulty reaching the coaches box because they were stuck between floors on an elevator. Eventually, the coaches were able to get off the elevator, but they had to run up the six flights of stairs up to the box. That might be a good metaphor for what unfolded in the second half. But this is not the last time the schools will see each other. They are currently scheduled to play every year through 2031, with four of those games at Old Dominion.