Sean Glennon makes a five yard pass to Greg Boone for a touchdown. The passing game this season has been consistently sub-mediocre. The offense opening the game with an early touchdown made for a much needed change in the trends of Hokie scoring this far in 2008.
 The Virginia Tech defense commits an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty after a tackle for no gain, giving Maryland 15 yards and a first down. This fueled a drive leading to a Maryland touchdown bringing the Terrapins within 10 points with more than a whole quarter left to play. Every penalty of such a magnitude puts the team with the momentum at risk, and this penalty did just that. The Hokie squad has to avoid such penalties, especially easily preventable ones such as this.
 Brett Warren lands a big hit on Darrius Heyward-Bey to end the Maryland offensive drive that began with a punt fumble recovery. The Hokie defense had just shut down the Terrapin offense with a three and out set of downs. The fumble recovery gave the Terps just what they needed to swing the momentum of the game late in the third quarter and with a 10-20 Virginia Tech lead. Warren's big hit on Heyward-Bey capped off another Maryland three and out and prevented the swing of momentum that could have become a turning point in the game.