EDGE Notes: VT Game Another Lesson For Virginia Football QB Brennan Armstrong

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Virginia football quarterback Brennan Armstrong and the offense looked out of sync for much of Saturday’s loss to Virginia Tech. Photo courtesy Matt Riley/Virginia Athletics Media Relations

Brennan Armstrong completed 5-of-8 passes for 56 yards and added 14 yards rushing on Virginia football’s opening drive against Virginia Tech this past Saturday. An 11-yard touchdown pass to Keytaon Thompson capped off the 75-yard drive, which gave UVA a 7-3 lead over the homestanding Hokies.

Based on the success of the opening drive, Armstrong seemed headed towards another impressive performance in the latter half of the 2020 season and perhaps UVA’s first win in Lane Stadium in 22 years. That’s not how the game played out, though, as the Cavalier offense managed only four first downs in five second-quarter possessions as Tech surged to a 27-7 halftime lead, Virginia’s largest halftime deficit of the season.

In the two previous games between the Hoos and Hokies, the Virginia offense has been able to find a second-half spark. In 2018, Bryce Perkins connected on passes of 18, 29, 75, 18, 50 and 29 yards – three of which went for touchdowns – as the Hoos nearly pulled off a victory before losing 34-31 in overtime. Virginia Tech delivered a punch to the Hoos to start