Wake Forest..... .... 7 7 7 0 - 21 Virginia Tech ...... 21 28 3 0 - 52 Scoring Summary: 1st Quarter 13:29 VT - Thomas 2 yd pass from Taylor (Hazley kick) 07:36 VT - Evans 5 yd rush (Hazley) 06:17 WF - Harris 33 yd run (Newman kick) 03:02 VT - Coale 25 yd pass from Taylor (Hazley) 2nd Quarter 12:34 VT - Evans 8 yd run (Hazley) 12:16 WF - Harris 87 yd run (Newman) 08:49 VT - Taylor 1 yd run (Hazley) 03:36 VT - Evans 1 yd run (Hazley) 00:52 VT - Boykin 10 yd pass from Taylor (Hazley) 3rd Quarter 11:35 WF - Givens 78 yd pass from Price (Newman) 04:52 VT - Hazley 33 yd FG
Blacksburg, VA – The Virginia Tech offense dominated Wake Forest, racking up 605 yards of total offense in a 52-21 victory on Saturday afternoon. The Hokies led 49-14 at halftime, and then coasted to the easy win in the second half. The Hokies are now 5-2 overall, and 3-0 in the ACC. Wake Forest dropped to 2-5 overall, with a 1-3 mark in conference play.
The Hokies dominated this game in the first half, taking a 49-14 lead into the halftime intermission and putting up 434 yards of total offense in the process. The Tech passing game hit a number of big plays downfield, Tyrod Taylor was on top of his game, and the running game got going without a hitch.
Taylor was 19-of-27 for 292 yards, with three touchdowns and no interceptions. He put up big numbers despite only playing one series in the second half. He even had one touchdown pass called back on a pass interference call. It was a complete game for Taylor, who also had one rushing touchdown on a quarterback sneak.
After the game was decided, Taylor gave way to Logan Thomas, who was 3-of-8 for 22 yards, including a couple of drops. Thomas also caught Virginia Tech’s first touchdown of the game. He lined up as a wide receiver and caught a fade in the corner of the endzone from Tyrod Taylor.
Jarrett Boykin finally got some help from the other wide receivers. Boykin himself caught eight passes for 62 yards and a touchdown, but it was Dyrell Roberts and Danny Coale who made the big plays downfield. Roberts caught six passes for 134 yards, while Coale hauled in five receptions for 103 yards and a touchdown.
The Tech running game was hitting on all cylinders as well. David Wilson had 15 carries for 102 yards, while Darren Evans finished with 12 carries for 52 yards and three touchdowns. Josh Oglesby finally got into action as well from his fullback position. He had four carries for 44 yards.
Tailback Tony Gregory, a r-freshman, got the bulk of the work in the later stages of the game. He ran the ball seven times for 39 yards.
Overall the Hokie offense could not be stopped by the Wake Forest defense. Tech scored a touchdown on all of their first half drives except for one, when they were stopped on a fourth and one handoff to David Wilson.
This marked the first time since last year’s Marshall game that the Hokies put up 600 yards of total offense. They also finished with 605 yards against the Thundering Herd in 2009. Against Wake Forest, Tech held the ball for over 41 minutes, picked up 35 first downs and ran 89 plays, all astounding numbers.
The big stat coming out of last week’s Central Michigan game was the Hokies going 0-of-8 on third downs. This week was a different story, as the Tech offense was 12-of-17 on third downs.
The Tech defense held Wake Forest to just nine first downs, but allowed 346 yards of total offense. Demon Deacon tailback Josh Harris, a r-freshman, had 20 carries for 241 yards. He had runs of 87 yards, 37 yards and 33 yards. Wake repeatedly attacked the boundary side of the Tech defense, where backer Lyndell Gibson did not enjoy his best game. He finished with only one tackle.
Wake Forest also made one huge play in the second half against true freshman cornerback Kyle Fuller. The Demon Deacons hit a 78 yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Chris Givens. Fuller lost his leverage and got caught too far outside on the play, and Givens sat down on his route to the inside. He caught a clean pass from true freshman quarterback Tanner Price and outran the Tech defense to the endzone.
It was the one good play of the game for Price, who was 3-of-16 for 92 yards. He looked uncomfortable in the pocket, and under-threw numerous receivers. It was nowhere close to his last start against Navy, where he was 37-of-53 for over 300 yards.
Virginia Tech returns to action next Saturday when they host Duke at noon on the ACC Network. The Blue Devils are 1-5 overall and 0-3 overall. Their latest loss was a 28-13 home defeat at the hands of Miami on Saturday.
STATISTICS VT WF ---- ---- First downs 35 9 Rushed-yards 54-291 25-254 Passing yards 314 92 Sacked-yards lost 1-8 1-6 Return yards 93 107 Passes 22-35-0 4-17-0 Punts 2-47.5 8-35.3 Fumbles-lost 3-0 0-0 Penalties-yards 4-35 8-75 Time of possession 41:26 18:34 Att: 66,233 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING-Virginia Tech, Wilson 15-105, Evans 12-52, Oglesby 4-44, Gregory 7-34 , Taylor 7-31, Thomas 3-15, Davis 1-12, Roberts 2-5, TEAM 3-(-7). WF, Harris 20-241, Campanaro 1-12, Adams 2-2, Price 2-(-1). PASSING-Virginia Tech, Taylor 19-27-292-0, Thomas 3-8-22-0. WF, Price 3-16-92-0, Jones 1-1-0-0. RECEIVING-Virginia Tech, Boykin 8-62, Roberts 6-134, Coale 5-103, Dunn 1-9, Boyce 1-4, Thomas 1-2. WF, Givens 2-84, Bohanon 1-8, Brown 1-0.