VT Hammers Herd, 47-21

The Virginia Tech Hokies used the two-headed running back attack of Lee Suggs and Kevin Jones to perfection, gunning down Marshall 47-21 in front of 65,049 at Lane Stadium on Thursday night.

The dynamic running duo of Jones and Suggs racked up 324 yards between them (Jones with 171, Suggs had 153) and accounted for five VT touchdowns. The suffocating running attack enabled the Hokies to cruise to a 20-0 halftime lead, courtesy of two Jones TDs (25 and 15 yard runs, respectively), as Marshall's offense was plagued with dropped passes early on.

"We, as a team, just didn't make the big play that we're so used to making in the first half," said Marshall's Heisman candidate quarterback Byron Leftwich. "We should have fought through it and tried to find a way to make plays to win the ballgame, and we didn't."


VT's Lee Suggs ran over the Herd in Blacksburg on Thursday night.

With Tech (3-0) up by 33 points, Marshall (1-1) finally got in the ballgame in the fourth quarter, as quarterback Byron Leftwich put the Herd offense into two-minute-drill mode. Darius Watts hauled in a 9-yard pass with 11:56 remaining to put the Herd on the board. However, Tech answered back as Jones ran his third TD of the night, from one yard out, to stretch VT's lead to 40-7.

"In the third quarter, we didn't do much on offense," summed up Marshall coach Bob Pruett. "We went to our two-minute thing to try and change the tempo."

"In the third quarter, we put our defense in a bad position," said Leftwich.

Marshall did score on two consecutive possessions -Denero Marriott's 18-yard catch, plus Brad Bates' 19-yarder- to cut the VT lead to 19, at 40-21 with 2:25 left in the game.

The Hokies sealed the deal when John Candelas ran in from 10 yards out with 1:28 remaining in the game.

Virginia Tech racked up 496 yards of offense, with 395 of those yard coming via the run attack. Marshall, on the other hand, put up 476 yards of offense with 442 of it coming via the passing game.

"We competed with a top 10 team," summed up Leftwich. "

Virginia Tech now prepares to travel to Texas Tech next Saturday to face the Aggies, while Marshall prepares for a home contest against Central Florida next Friday night on ESPN2.


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