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Piscataway, NJ (Sports Network) - Bryan Randall threw for 250 yards and four touchdowns to lead fourth-ranked Virginia Tech to a 48-22 pounding of Rutgers at Rutgers Stadium in the Big East Conference opener for both teams.

Randall completed 16-of-22 passes and had one interception for the Hokies (5-0, 1-0 Big East), who have won 11 straight meetings against Rutgers.

Kevin Jones rushed for 118 yards with a touchdown on 26 carries for Virginia Tech, which also began its season with at least five straight wins for the sixth straight year.

Ryan Hart was 15-of-33 for 182 yards with a touchdown and four interceptions for the Scarlet Knights (3-2, 0-1), who had a two-game winning streak snapped.

The Hokies trailed 7-0 early in the game, but responded by scoring 41 unanswered points to turn the game into a rout.

Virginia Tech snapped a 7-7 first-quarter tie on Randall's 45-yard touchdown pass to Chris Shreve, who found a seam over the middle of the field and went untouched into the end zone, with 8:04 left in the first period. The Hokies needed only two plays to score and gain the lead, which they would not relinquish the rest of the day.

The margin grew to 21-7 with 3:41 left in the opening frame as the Hokies forced a quick punt and proceeded to drive 63 yards in six plays. Jones capped the series with a five-yard run.

Virginia Tech widened the gap to 21 points just over one minute into the second quarter as the Hokies capitalized off a Rutgers interception. Randall capped the drive with a 10-yard scoring pass to Mike Imoh.

The Hokies struck again just before the end of the first half as their defense came up with a big play. Jimmy Williams intercepted a Hart pass and took it back 55 yards for a score. The extra point failed, but Virginia Tech held a comfortable 34-7 edge at halftime.

Virginia Tech scored on its opening possession of the third quarter as Randall hit Imoh for a four-yard score and a 41-7 lead.

The Scarlet Knights tried to make a game out of it early in the fourth quarter as they scored 15 consecutive points to close within 41-22, but it was too little, too late.

Justise Hairston got the first score on a 21-yard run with 12:57 left in the game and Rutgers then picked off Marcus Vick and Jarvis Johnson returned the interception 47 yards for a touchdown. Rutgers went for two points and converted to make it 41-22.

Cedric Humes accounted for the final margin as he ran it in from 35 yards out late in the fourth to give the Hokies a 48-22 cushion.

Rutgers began the game by going three-and-out, but the Scarlet Knights then picked up the game's first big play as DeAngelo Hall fumbled the ensuing punt and Rutgers fell on the ball at the Hokies' 29-yard line.

The Scarlet Knights took advantage of the short field and capped the series with a 17-yard touchdown pass to Shawn Tucker to put Rutgers ahead 7-0 with 12:48 left in the opening quarter.

Virginia Tech immediately answered as it marched 81 yards in nine plays to tie the contest. Randall, who threw a 28-yard strike to Shreve, completed 3-of-5 passes for 49 yards during the drive.

Game Notes: Virginia Tech is 12-1 in its Big East openers and improved to 24-15 overall in conference road games...Shreve caught four passes for 93 yards with the two scores...Imoh finished with three receptions for 29 yards and also had two touchdowns.

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