Despite a three-and-out on their opening drive of the game, the Eagles were able to jump on the board first. An impressive punt return by Spiffy Evans would set up the offense inside the Virginia Tech 30-yard-line. Quarterback Chase Rettig couldn't quite find an open Alex Amidon in the endzone and BC would be forced to settle for a field goal attempt. Junior place kicker Nate Freese's 36-yarder was straight through the uprights, putting the home team ahead, 3-0.
The ensuing drive for the Hokies began miserably, beset by a personal foul penalty and a sack. However, on 3rd-and-19, quarterback Logan Thomas found receiver Corey Fuller wide open down the seam for a 60-yard gain to set up Virginia Tech inside the red-zone. The Eagles defense would hold and force the Hokies into a successful 26-yard field goal attempt from Cody Journell, tying the score at 3-3.
Boston College would jump ahead once again, early in the second quarter when Rettig perfectly executed the play action fake and found Amidon wide open in the endzone for a touchdown.
Most of what was left of the first half featured a defensive struggle as both teams couldn't establish much of a rhythm on offense.
With less than two minutes to play, BC defensive standout Nick Clancy broke up a Virginia Tech pass that would have converted a 4th-and-one. The offense was then able to take advantage of the short field -- they began at the 41-yard-line --, driving into position for another Nate Freese field goal attempt. His 35-yard try was good and the Eagles were able to secure a 13-3 lead as we enter halftime at Alumni Stadium.