Top-ranked Ohio State beats Virginia Tech 42-24

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Cardale Jones (File image courtesy: MGN Online)

BLACKSBURG, Va.— Quarterback Cardale Jones lead the defending national champion Ohio State Buckeyes to a 42-24 win over Virginia Tech Monday night.

Leading up to the season opener, Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer did not reveal if Jones or J.T. Barrett would land the starting QB job.

Jones hit Curtis Samuel for a touchdown, then Ezekiel Elliot ran 80 yards for another score, but Ohio State trailed 17-14 at halftime.

The Buckeyes fought back with the help of a 54-yard pass from Jones to quarterback-turned-wideout Braxton Miller.

The Hokies gave the Buckeyes their only loss last season

Blacksburg, Virginia