Hokies Manhandle Pack, 38-10

Redshirt freshman tailback Ryan Williams rushed for four touchdowns and the Virginia Tech defense forced four turnovers as the Hokies routed NC State 38-10.

Things started slowly for NC State and never really picked up. Playing a week after being knocked out of bowl contention, the Wolfpack's normally potent offense struggled out of the gates.

On the first play of the game quarterback Russell Wilson was hit by a blitzing linebacker and fumbled the ball which was recovered by Tech's Cody Grimm. The Hokies cashed in a few plays later with a field goal to take a 3-0 lead just minutes into the game.

The Wolfpack's offense hit the field again and did the same, this time Darrell Davis fumbled the ball along the sideline after being hit by Grimm and Tech's Stephen Virgil recovered to once again give Tech great field position in NC State's territory. This time Hokie tailback Ryan Williams made sure his team reached pay dirt as he scored on a 4-yard run to give Tech a 10-0 advantage.

Once NC State's offense was able to hang onto the football, they did a good job of moving it. The Pack came out on the ensuing drive and covered 81 yards on 10 plays, capping the drive with a 20-yard scoring pass from Wilson to Owen Spencer. Wilson was 5-of-5 on the drive for 78 yards, including a 33-yard completion to Jay Smith on 3rd-and-14.

For the most part NC State played well in the first half defensively. Dealing with tough field position for much of the half, the defensive unit limited Tyrod Taylor to just 5-of-12 passing and held Williams to a 2.9 yard rushing average, but didn't do a real good job of forcing field goals in the redzone which led to the 24-10 halftime advantage. Of course, the Hokies benefited from a couple of questionable pass interference calls on its final touchdown drive, calls which led to a confrontation between head coach Tom O'Brien and the referee crew at midfield during halftime.

The Hokies came out to start the second half and marched right down the field behind Williams. Bouncing off tacklers and exploding thorugh holes, Williams showed why some consider him the best tailback in the league as he once again reached paydirt to give Tech a 31-10 lead and his fourth rushing touchdown on the day.

While Tech's offense did a solid job of moving the football NC State had consistency problems. Playing without offensive coordinator Dana Bible, who was back in Raleigh with an illness, NC State struggled with turnovers and consistent line play. The Pack had four turnovers on the day, and it proved to be the deciding factor in the game with the Hokies prevailing 38-10.

Tech finished with 396 yards of total offense led by Taylor and Williams. The junior quarterback completed 9-of-17 passes for 197 yards and a score, and Williams finished with 120 yards rushing on 32 carries and four scores.

Wilson completed 15-of-26 passes for 234 yards and a score with one pick for the Wolfpack. However, he had seven carries for -43 yards rushing which factored into the Pack totaling just 14 yards on the ground. Senior Toney Baker had 47 yards rushing on 10 carries.

Next up for NC State (4-7) will be Senior Day next weekend against North Carolina (8-3) at home. The Heels come into the game riding a four-game winning streak behind a strong defense.

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