Sept. 12, 2009
BLACKSBURG, Va. - No. 14 Virginia Tech mustered up 444 yards of rushing as the Hokies took down the Thundering Herd football team, 52-10, Saturday afternoon at Lane Stadium.
The Hokies (1-1, 0-0 ACC) rushed the ball 53 times in the game and were led by a pair of freshmen. True freshman David Wilson carried the ball 12 times for 165 yards while redshirt freshman Ryan Williams notched 164 yards and three touchdowns.
Marshall (1-1, 0-0 C-USA) running back Darius Marshall posted a solid effort for the Herd in his season debut, tallying 109 yards on 17 carries. Marshall was also responsible for the lone Herd touchdown of the game, finding the endzone from 61 yards out in the second quarter.
Neither team was able to find a groove through the air as VT quarterback Tyron Taylor notched 161 yards on 16 pass attempts for three scores while Herd quarterback Brian Anderson was 15-of-31 through the air. He threw for 116 yards.
Each team found limited success on the offensive side of the ball early on, with both squads moving the chains once on their opening drives. On the second possession for the Herd, three quick runs gave the Herd its second first down of the game. The ensuing play saw quarterback Brian Anderson complete a 21-yard pass to tight end Lee Smith at the 50 yardline, however, an illegal formation penalty backed the Herd up, eventually giving the ball back to VT.
After allowing the Hokies to gain 67 yards on its next drive, the Herd defense forced the initial turnover of the game. Sophomore cornerback DeQuan Bembry jumped in front of a Tyrod Taylor pass in the endzone to keep the game scoreless.
A three-and-out by the Herd gave the ball right back to Virginia Tech, who took just one play to put up the first tally of the game. Ryan Williams, VT's redshirt freshman running back, ran up the middle for a 57-yard touchdown to make it a 7-0 game in favor of Virginia Tech.
Marshall's defense, despite giving up 171 rushing yards in the opening quarter, held the Hokies to just seven points. That changed in the opening minutes of the second frame as Williams notched his second touchdown of the game, this one from four yards out, to put VT up 14-0 just 54 seconds into the quarter.
Less than two minutes later, after forcing MU sophomore Kase Whitehead into his fifth punt of the game, Jayron Hosley returned the kick 64 yards for the score to put the Hokies up 21-0. The Marshall offense found a groove on the ensuing drive. After notching its third first down of the contest, junior running back Darius Marshall put the Herd on the board with a 61-yard rush to cut the deficit to 14 points.
That momentum was short-lived, however, as Ryan Williams continued to have his way with the Herd defense. Following a 43-yard pass from Taylor to receiver Danny Coale gave VT the ball at the Marshall 28, Williams took the next snap all the way to the endzone to make it a 28-7 game in favor of the Hokies.
A Dyrell Roberts touchdown catch inside the final two minutes of the half gave the Hokies a 28-point halftime lead, 35-7. Virginia Tech added ten points in the third quarter before a 29-yard field goal by Craig Ratanamorn put an end to a 24-0 run by the Hokies.
Freshman David Wilson wrapped up the scoring on a 36-yard run in the fourth quarter as Tech would come out with the 52-10 victory.
The Hokies found success on both sides of the ball, posting 605 yards of offense while limited Marshall to 252 yards on 61 plays. Of the 605 yards gained by VT, 444 of those came on the ground as the Hokies averaged 8.4 yards per carry.
Marshall led all Herd players with 109 rushing yards. Brian Anderson rushed for 17.
On the receiving end, redshirt freshman Antavious Wilson caught a 60-yard pass, the longest pass play for either squad. It marked a career-best for Wilson, who recorded 44 yards against Southern Illiinois. Cody Slate caught three balls for 18 yards while Wayne Bonner made a 17-yard reception.
Marshall will return home next weekend to square off against former Mid-American Conference rival Bowling Green. The Herd and the Falcons will kick off at 7 p.m. on September 19 at Joan C. Edwards Stadium.