The Bruins kicked off their game in the Sun Bowl a little earlier than the traditional start time this season, but that is to be expected in bowl season.
Through the first half the Bruins and Hokies played to a score of
UCLA took the opening kickoff and drove down easily and did not need the aid of three Virginia Tech penalties but got them regardless. The drive ended the drive with a 7-yard TD run by Brett Hundley. The defense forced a 3-and-out and the offense responded with a 3-and-out of their own.
The Hokies responded with a TD drive of their own, made possible by an outstanding throw by Logan Thomas to Kalvin Cline between 3 UCLA defenders on a post route. A 1-yard TD run by JC Coleman tied the game at 7-7 with 8 minutes to go in the 1st quarter.
The teams traded a pair of ineffective drives before UCLA put together pair of big runs by Hundley and Steven Manfro, but stalled in the redzone and Ka'imi Fairbairn missed a short FG that would have given UCLA the lead, but after the defense forced another punt the first quarter ended 7-7.
The only noteworth event in the early going of the 2nd quarter was a massive hit by Jordan Zumwalt on Logan Thomas that was flagged for unnecessary roughness, but the defense forced a punt anyway. The hit also knocked out Thomas for the remainder of that half.
After that punt, Brett Hundley broke out of the pocket (after Alex Redmond got worked up the middle) and scrambled 86 yards for a touchdown, thanks to big downfield blocks by Devin Fuller and Shaq Evans to put UCLA up 14-7.
A nice drive by Virginia Tech's backup QB Mark Leal got the Hokies into field goal range, but a sack by Kenny Orjioke stopped it and then the Hokies' kicker missed a FG of his own.
The Bruins next drive stalled out and the Hokies had no interest in doing anything, so the teams went to the half as 14-7 UCLA.