DeAngelo Hall returned two punts for touchdowns as No. 4 Virginia Tech (6-0, 2-0 Big East) pounded Syracuse (3-2, 0-1), 51-7. The game is the final matchup between these teams in the foreseeable future, as Tech will defect to the ACC.
"There is a mutual respect between these two teams," Syracuse coach Paul Pasqualoni said.
The mutual respect has come as a result of a developing rivalry between these two teams. Last year, The Hokies gave up more than 600 yards to Syracuse as the Orangemen, 3-7 at the time, shocked the Hokies 50-42.
Such was not the case today.
Hokie quarterback Bryan Randall started the game with a 75-yard touchdown run with 3:19 in the first quarter.
Then Hall returned punts of 58 and 60 yards separated by less than two minutes as Virginia Tech opened a 21-0 lead in the first 11 minutes.
Hall was as versatile as he was spectacular, playing wide receiver, as well as in the secondary.
"We got beat in all phases of the game," Anderson said. "You have to stay on the field with a team like that. We were three-and-out."
None was more evident than special teams, where the Orangemen let up the two returns, and also had a field goal blocked at the end of the first quarter. Punter Brandon Carney punted 12 times throughout the day for 462 yards, a 38.5 yard average.
"I didn't have my stuff," Carney said. "I really let my team down."
Back Kevin Jones made an even stronger case for the Heisman, rushing for 131 yards on just 19 carries, his fourth-straight 100-plus yard game.
The Hokies added two field goals in the second quarter and stretched their lead to 27-0 heading into half.
Jones fumbled the ball in the first play of the third quarter, and Walter Reyes punched in a 1-yard run for a touchdown. Reyes struggled throughout the afternoon, rushing for just 40 yards.
Tech struck right back, as Jones made the score 34-7 with a 33-yard jaunt.
The back would add another tally on a 25-yard run after a Syracuse turnover before Hall struck again, this time on offense, for a 24-yard score.
Virginia Tech would then add another field goal in the fourth quarter.
"We dug ourselves a hole," Pasqualoni said. "We wanted to get back into the game."
Syracuse never did.
Judy Salamone contributed to this report.
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