BLACKSBURG, Va. -- Bryan Randall gave Marcus Vick a
tension-free stage for his Virginia Tech debut, but the Hokies (No. 10 ESPN/USA Today, No. 9 AP) had plenty to worry about before they got it together and
beat Central Florida 49-28 Sunday.
Randall directed three touchdown drives in as many tries before
yielding for a second-quarter series to Michael Vick's younger
brother. When Vick led the team 80 yards, it was 28-0 and looking
But then the Golden Knights (0-1), using an effective mix of
Ryan Schneider's passing, Alex Haynes' running and a 56-yard trick
play, closed within 28-21 before two Hokies touchdowns 39 seconds
apart put it away.
The clinching score came with 11:32 left when Schneider threw to
avoid a blitzing Vegas Robinson, and defensive tackle Jason Lallis
picked it off over the middle. He then rambled 45 yards to give the
Hokies a 42-21 lead.
Earlier, the Hokies (1-0) looked unstoppable.
Kevin Jones capped the opening drive with a 2-yard scoring run
and Randall threw touchdown passes of 21 yards to Richard Johnson
and 7 yards to Justin Hamilton, the first career touchdown
reception for each.
By the time Vick trotted onto the field to a rousing welcome
from the largest crowd in Hokies history, 65,115, Randall was
12-for-14 for 169 yards. He'd thrown one pass away and Virginia
Tech was leading 21-0.
Vick rolled right and hit tight end Keith Willis for 14 yards on
his first play, hit Ernest Wilford for 14 more on his third play
and rolled right and hit Hamilton for 18 more to set up Jones'
18-yard scoring run.
Vick finished 3-for-4 on the drive, overthrowing DeAngelo Hall
in the end zone. Brother Mike went three-and-out on his first
career series against James Madison in 1999, but the Hokies won
that one 47-0.
Randall finished 22-for-28 for 278 yards, adding a 29-yard
scoring pass to Hall, who caught two passes for 41 yards in his
first game adding spot duty as a wide receiver to his cornerback
and return jobs.
Hall's TD came on the Hokies' first drive after the Golden
Knights made it 28-21, and was followed quickly by Lallis'
Vick returned the next time the Hokies got the ball and led an
11-play, 80-yard drive capped by his first career touchdown pass, a
27-yard strike to freshman David Clowney as the crowd screamed its
UCF's third scoring drive included a 56-yard pass from wide
receiver Brandon Marshall to Darcy Johnson that went to the Hokies
Schneider, who has broken or taken aim at most of Daunte
Culpepper's records at UCF, was 23-for-35 for 203 yards. He hit
Tavaris Capers for touchdowns of 11 and 7 yards, and Johnson for
one of 11 yards.
It was Schneider's 22nd consecutive game with a scoring pass.
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