NCAA Game Summary - Arkansas State at Virginia Tech|
(Saturday, September 17th)
Final Score: (13) Virginia Tech 26, Arkansas State 7
Blacksburg, VA (Sports Network) - Logan Thomas threw for 292 yards and a pair
of touchdowns as No. 13 Virginia Tech used an early defensive stop to kick-
start a 26-7 victory over Arkansas State at Lane Stadium.
David Wilson contributed 88 yards and a rushing score for the Hokies (3-0),
who host Marshall next week before opening up their ACC schedule against
Clemson two weeks from today.
Danny Coale paced the receiving corps with 128 yards and a TD on seven
receptions and D.J. Coles notched 61 yards and a score on a pair of catches.
"I think we're a team that just has to keep learning from games and keep
getting better," Virgnia Tech head coach Frank Beamer admitted. "I think we've
got the foundation of a good team, but we?re certainly not there yet."
Ryan Aplin finished 16-of-36 for 205 yards and a pair of interceptions, adding
29 rushing yards and the lone touchdown for the Red Wolves (1-2), who welcome
Central Arkansas next Saturday.
Down 7-0 in the first quarter, Virginia Tech's defense swung the momentum of
the game with a key stop.
On a 2nd-and-7 from his own four-yard line, Aplin was brought down into the
end zone for a safety, then the Hokies were set up on their own 38 following a
22-yard kick return from Tony Gregory. Thomas hit Coles on a screen on
1st-and-10 just across midfield, and the speedy wideout hit the end zone 49
yards later to make it 9-7.
It was 16-7 for the Hokies before the end of the quarter on a four-yard TD
pass from Thomas to Coale, and Wilson posted a three-yard scamper in the
ASU's Brian Davis missed a 30-yard attempt on the second-to-last play of the
half and the visitors trailed 23-7 at intermission.
Cody Journell converted a 26-yard field goal with 9:49 remaining in the third
quarter to cap the scoring, and the Hokies defense held the lead from there.
Aplin was picked off by Jayron Hosley inside the red zone on ASU's ensuing
possession, then Frankie Jackson was stuffed for a loss after a catch during a
4th-and-3 from the Tech 38 in the fourth quarter.
ASU's final series was stunted when Derek Lawson gained one yard on a 4th-
and-2 from the Wolves' 35.
"We wanted to get back to that dominant defense," Hosley said. "The first
half, we were shaky at the start but we came back and played a great game. The
defense fought hard, the front four came up big with three sacks, and the back
end, we had to hold up our end."
Arkansas State converted its opening series of the contest, going 59 yards in
just three plays and taking a 7-0 lead when Aplin took it in from the five.
The visitors' defense refused to budge Virginia Tech's ensuing series, as
Thomas' 4th-and-goal pass from the one fell incomplete.
Virginia Tech has won all four meetings, including a 63-7 rout in 2002...Aplin
was sacked three times...Arkansas State was held to 64 rushing yards...The
Hokies enjoyed a 427-269 advantage in total offense...Virginia Tech wideout
Dyrell Roberts suffered a broken left arm on the opening kickoff and may miss
the remainder of the season.
09/18 00:38:43 ET