NCAA Game Summary - Virginia Tech at Marshall|
(Saturday, September 24th)
Final Score: (13) Virginia Tech 30, Marshall 10
Huntington, WV (Sports Network) - David Wilson rushed for 132 yards and a
score on 26 carries, while Josh Oglesby added 75 more yards and two TDs on 12
attempts as No. 13 Virginia Tech defeated Marshall, 30-10.
"I thought we played hard throughout," Virginia Tech head coach Frank Beamer
said. "I thought they played hard, throughout the game. I thought we do some
very good things, and then we don?t do some things very consistently. That?s
where we are as a football team right now."
Logan Thomas completed 22-of-33 passes for 229 yards and added a rushing score
for the Hokies (4-0), who have won their first four games for the first time
Virginia Tech opens up its ACC slate next Saturday by hosting 4-0 Clemson
at Lane Stadium.
Danny Coale and D.J. Coles combined for 173 receiving yards on 15 catches.
Coles had 66 yards on eight catches, while Coale pulled down seven balls for
Rakeem Cato threw for 245 yards and a score on 17-of-33 passing for Marshall
(1-3), while Aaron Dobson caught five passes for 103 yards and a touchdown.
Marshall was held to six yards rushing on 24 total carries in defeat.
The Hokies struck first with a touchdown on their second possession. Wilson
took a sweep to the left side for 28 yards to the Marshall three, and two
snaps later, Thomas rumbled in from five yards out.
After a Marshall three-and-out, the Hokies marched 58 yards on six plays for
another touchdown. The drive was highlighted by a 22-yard pass completion to
Coles on a nice throw from Thomas, and Wilson punched it in from the three to
increase the advantage to 13-0. The extra point was blocked and nearly
returned the other way by the Thundering Herd.
Tyler Warner booted a 45-yard field goal for Marshall to put them on the board
early on in the second quarter.
A key pass interference penalty on a 3rd-and-6 kept the Hokie drive alive on
their next possession. They capitalized and scored a third straight touchdown
when Josh Oglesby fought for a tough four-yard score to make it 20-3.
Cody Journell kicked a 41-yard field goal to increase Virginia Tech's lead to
20 as Coale had a key 20-yard catch on the drive.
Three consecutive completions by Cato led to a touchdown with just 32 seconds
left in the half for Marshall. Cato had a 12-yard pass to Gator Hoskins, a 30-
yard dart to Antavious Wilson, and a 29-yard touchdown pass down the left
sideline to Dobson. Virginia Tech took a 23-10 lead into the locker room.
"I saw man-to-man coverage. I just wanted to get a completion. I saw it and
took a shot," Cato said on his touchdown pass to Dobson.
Virginia Tech's first drive of the second half stalled, but Antone Exum
intercepted a Cato pass on the Thundering Herd's ensuing possession. He
returned it 36 yards to Marshall's 29-yard line, but Journell missed a 37-yard
James Gayle sliced through the middle of the Marshall offensive line on a
critical 3rd-and-1 in Virginia Tech territory late in the third quarter and
wrapped up Travon Van for a two-yard loss as the Thundering Herd were forced
Oglesby took an inside handoff 44 yards to the Marshall 11-yard line, and
finished off the 86-yard, eight-play drive with a five-yard plunge to
give the Hokies a 30-10 advantage early on in the fourth quarter.
Marshall's Monterius Lovett intercepted Thomas, and recovered a Wilson fumble
on consecutive Virginia Tech possessions, but the Thundering Herd couldn't
turn the mistakes into points.
The Hokies have picked off at least one pass in each of their last 11 games.
Exum became the sixth different Virginia Tech player to record an interception
this season...Virginia Tech leads the all-time series 9-2, and has won seven
straight in the series. Marshall hasn't defeated the Hokies since 1940.
09/24 21:28:04 ET