Brewer, Hokies eager for test vs. No. 8 Buckeyes

Michael Brewer saw Virginia Tech as an elite program growing up.

The transfer from Texas Tech is now the Hokies’ starting quarterback, and he’ll have a chance to help show Virginia Tech is still an elite program on Saturday night when the Hokies take on No. 8 Ohio State at Ohio Stadium.

The Hokies are no stranger to the big stage, but have struggled to show they belong in recent years. Since winning 10 of 15 games against ranked opponents from 2008-11, they have lost six of the last seven.

Brewer figures they could change that in one night. The Buckeyes (1-0) have won 25 consecutive regular season games, longest in the nation, and 64 in a row at home against unranked non-conference foes.

”That would be huge,” he said. ”It’s going to be a tough matchup. We know that going in, but I’m excited about the challenge and the task at hand. This is what college football is all about.”

The Hokies showed signs of more consistent offense in their 34-9 victory against William & Mary in the opener, with Brewer connecting on 23 of 30 passes for 251 yards with two touchdowns and an interception.

They also made plenty of correctable mistakes that kept them from doing much more, Brewer said.

”Being able to continuously move the ball forward and not shoot ourselves in the foot and move it backwards is going to be a big part of this game for us, as well as being opportunistic,” the redshirt junior said this week. ”When there’s a chance to make a big play, we’ve got to make it.”

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