No. 9 Virginia Tech Stops UCF

BLACKSBURG, Va. -No. 9 Virginia Tech (1-0) held off a valiant UCF (0-1) rally as the Hokies topped the Golden Knights 49-28 Sunday in Blacksburg, Va. The largest crowd in the Commonwealth of Virginia history, 65,115 fans, witnessed the contest at Lane Stadium at Worsham Field.

Game Stats

The game featured both teams going on extended scoring runs as the Hokies started the game with 28 straight points before UCF answered with 21 straight of its own. Virginia Tech responded with a 21-7 run to close out the game.

Virginia Tech scored on its first four possessions while UCF went three-and-out three consecutive series to start the game.

Virginia Tech scored first as the Hokies marched 80 yards in 11 plays. Kevin Jones ran in from one yard out to give Virginia Tech a 7-0 lead. Jones set up the goal-to-goal situation with a 25-yard run earlier in the drive.

Virginia Tech continued to pour it on early as the Hokies scored on their next three possessions to take a 28-0 lead.

UCF finally got on the scoreboard with 6:43 to go in the second quarter when Ryan Schneider tossed an 11-yard touchdown pass to Tavaris Capers. The touchdown pass for Schneider marked his 22nd consecutive game that he has thrown a touchdown pass. The streak of 22 consecutive games also tied the UCF school record held by Daunte Culpepper.

The Golden Knights marched in for their second straight touchdown as Alex Haynes scored on a 16-yard touchdown run to cut the deficit in half at 28-14. Haynes also had a 38-yard run on the drive.

The UCF special teams came up with a blocked field goal as Tech attempted a 21-yard field goal with 6:34 remaining in the third quarter. The momentum was short lived for the Golden Knights as Brandon Marshall fumbled the ball in Virginia Tech territory after a 13-yard reception that would have given the Knights a first down.

Later in the third quarter, UCF went to its bag of tricks on third and inches. Wide receiver Brandon Marshall tossed a 56-yard completion to Darcy Johnson on a reverse to set up the Golden Knights inside the Tech 20. Just three plays later, Schneider found Capers on a seven-yard scoring strike. The Golden Knights marched 95 yards in eight plays on the drive to cut the lead to 28-21.

The Hokies finally stopped UCF's run of 21 straight points as Randall hit DeAngelo Hall on a 29-yard touchdown pass with 12:11 remaining in the game. The touchdown extended the Tech lead to 14 at 35-21.

Football Head Coach Mike Kruczek

The Hokies put away the Knights as Jason Lallis intercepted Schneider and returned it 45 yards for a touchdown. The touchdown padded the Hokie lead to 42-21 with 11:32 remaining in the contest.

Marcus Vick accounted for the game's final touchdown with his first career touchdown pass to give the Hokies a 49-21 lead.

Schneider tossed his third touchdown pass of the game to Darcy Johnson with 29 seconds remaining in the game to close out the scoring at 49-28.

UCF Game Notes
UCF at Virginia Tech
August 31, 2003

Ryan Schneider's second quarter touchdown pass to Tavaris Capers marked the 22nd consecutive game that Schneider has thrown at least one touchdown pass. Schneider tied Daunte Culpepper's school record with a touchdown pass in 22 straight games.

Dating back to the final two games last season, Ryan Schneider has thrown for at least three touchdowns in three straight games. Over that streak, Schneider has 10 touchdowns and three interceptions.

Matt Prater set a new UCF record with a 55.7 yardage per punt average Sunday vs. the Hokies. Prater totaled six punts for 334 yards and had three kicks over 60 yards. The old single-game record for UCF was held by Glenn McCombs, who averaged 49.6 yards per punt vs. Carson-Newman on November 5, 1983.

Matt Prater's 67-yard punt in the first quarter tied for the fifth-longest punt in UCF history. Prater tied Marek Butcher, who kicked a 67-yarder vs. Auburn Sept. 27, 1997. In the second quarter, Prater booted a 71-yard punt, the second longest punt in school history.

Eight Golden Knights made their first career starts including: Brandon Marshall (wide receiver), Dan Veenstra (right guard), Larry Peoples (left tackle), Cedric Gagne-Marcoux (center), Craig Harvey (middle linebacker), Paul Carrington (defensive end), Trenton Jordan (defensive end), and Al Peterson (wide receiver).

With his 16-yard touchdown run in the second quarter, Alex Haynes has now scored at least one rushing in four consecutive games. That is the third longest streak in school history.

Darcy Johnson hauled in a 56-yard reception by wide receiver Brandon Marshall in the third quarter. The reception was Johnson's longest of his career while it was the first career pass completion for Marshall. quick links:

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