Halftime during Virginia Tech’s visit to Old Dominion lasted over 30 minutes because Tech’s coaching staff was unable to return to the coaching box.
After halftime at SB Ballard Stadium in Old Dominion, the Hokies coaches were trapped in an elevator as they returned from the locker room. With no coach in the box, the game had to be delayed until we were out of the elevator.
The delay lasted just over 15 minutes and delayed Virginia Tech’s loss. The Old Dominion won the game 20-17 after Blake Watson scored with 33 seconds to give the Monarchs the lead.
The Old Dominion nominated new Virginia Tech QB Grant Wells four times and signed with the last nomination. With 1:09 remaining, with Old Dominion within 1 yard of Virginia Tech’s end zone, Virginia Tech scored a potential game-tying field goal after he wasted 28 seconds before calling a timeout. I had only 30 seconds to get the .
Elevator problems weren’t the only weird thing that happened in Norfolk on Friday night. The Old Dominion’s only touchdown of the first half was a dreaded snap on a Virginia Tech field goal attempt. Robert Kennedy III eventually picked up the errant snap after Virginia Tech tried unsuccessfully to recover it, running the ball into the end zone.
The game was the first of a ten-year deal between the two schools to alternate home games. It is also his second win against the Power Five program in Old Dominion history. His first game of 2018 came when the Monarchs beat Virginia Tech in Norfolk, 49-35.