Tech beats Rutgers 35-14, surviving late Rutgers Surge
Virginia Tech scored on its first three possession to run up a 21-0 first quarter lead. In the second quarter, however, Brandon Haw picked off a tech pass to set up a Cubit to Aaron Martin touchdown pass to narrow the score to 21-7.
That series seemed to ignite the Knights. RU forced Tech to a three and out in the next series and drove to the Tech 10 only to have a Ryan Cubit pass picked off. Kevin Jones then scored off an incredible run in which Jones repeatedly reversed his field on the Knights on route to a 58 yard touchdown. Tech announcers called it one of the best running plays in Lane Stadium history. Tech went into halftime up 28-7.
The Knights wouldn't go away though. RU opened up the second half with 60 yard drive culminating in a 31 yard touchdown pass that was caught by Marcus Facyson after being batted up into the air by Hokie defenders in the end zone. Meanwhile, the Rutgers offense was shutting down Tech's power running game. Tech was held to 47 total yards in the third quarter and Rutgers was moving the ball again as the third quarter came to an end.
As the fourth quarter opened RU went for it with a fourth and inches on the Tech 18 and made it on a QB sneak by Ryan Cubit. A subsequent fourth and one was stopped by the Hokies ending the drive, but the Knights got another life as the Hokies fumbled the ball away on their own 42. The Knights couldn't capitalize and Tech took the ball back on an interception of a Cubit pass.
As the quarter neared its close Virginia Tech scored again off a 51 yard punt return by Deangelo Hall.
The Virginia Tech announcers caught the story line of this game when they commented:
"How did this team get blown out at home by Villanova and Buffalo?"
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