Virginia Tech coaches get stuck in elevator ahead of second half in loss to Old Dominion

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Halftime during Virginia Tech's visit to Old Dominion lasted over 30 minutes because Tech's coaching staff couldn't get back to their coaching box.

The Hokies coaches got stuck in an elevator at Old Dominion's S.B. Ballard Stadium while coming back from the locker room after halftime. With no coaches in the box, the game had to be delayed until they got out of the elevator.

The delay lasted just over 15 minutes and ended up delaying a Virginia Tech loss. Old Dominion won the game 20-17 after Blake Watson scored with 33 seconds to go to give the Monarchs the lead.

Old Dominion picked off new Virginia Tech QB Grant Wells four times and sealed the deal with the final pick in the closing seconds. Virginia Tech had just 30 seconds to get a potential game-tying field goal after wasting 28 seconds before calling a timeout once Old Dominion got within a yard of the Virginia Tech end zone with 1:09 to go.

The elevator issue wasn't the only wacky thing that happened in Norfolk on Friday night. Old Dominion's only touchdown of the first half came on a horrid snap on a Virginia Tech field goal attempt. Robert Kennedy III finally picked up the errant snap after Virginia Tech's attempt to recover it failed and ran the ball into the end zone.

The game was the first of a 10-year contract between the two schools to alternate home games. It's also the second win over a Power Five program in Old Dominion history. The first came in 2018 when the Monarchs beat Virginia Tech 49-35 in Norfolk.

Virginia Tech coach Brent Pry wasn't too thrilled his coaching staff got stuck in an elevator on Friday night. (via ESPNU)
Virginia Tech coach Brent Pry wasn't too thrilled his coaching staff got stuck in an elevator on Friday night. (via ESPNU)