BLACKSBURG, Virginia (Ticker) -- Triple-threat DeAngelo Hall
made sure Syracuse would not have a chance for a third straight
victory over Virginia Tech.
Hall became the first player in school history to return two
punts for touchdowns in one game. He also ran for a score as the
fourth-ranked Hokies rolled to a 51-7 Big East Conference
victory over the Orangemen.
The versatile Hall can score in many ways. He also is used as
wide receiver and cornerback and caught a touchdown pass earlier
this year. He has returned four punts for touchdowns in his
career and also has an interception for a score.
Against Syracuse, the speedy junior made his presence felt on
special teams, returning punts of 58 and 60 yards for touchdowns
in a 97-second span in the first quarter.
Hall is the first Virginia Tech player to score on offense,
defense and special teams since Bill Hardee (1973-75).
Heisman Trophy candidate Kevin Jones chipped in with 131 yards
and two touchdowns on 19 carries for the Hokies, his fourth
straight 100-yard game.
The Orangemen were overwhelmed early in this one as the Hokies
(6-0, 2-0) jumped out to a 21-0 lead in the first 10ݡ
After giving up more than 600 yards in a 50-42 triple overtime
loss to Syracuse last season, Virginia Tech victimized the
Orangemen with a series of big plays. Quarterback Bryan Randall
got the Hokies rolling with a 75-yard touchdown run 3:19 into
Following Hall's two punt returns, the Hokies' offense slowed in
the second quarter as Virginia Tech had to settle for field goals
of 34 and 23 yards by Carter Warley.
Jones gave Syracuse a chance by fumbling on the first play of
the second half, and the Orangeman cashed in the turnover,
closing to 27-7 on Walter Reyes' one-yard TD run.
But Jones broke off a 33-yard TD run on the Hokies' ensuing
possession to make it 34-7 with 11:20 left in the third quarter.
No. 4 Virginia Tech continued to pour it on as Jones tacked on a
25-yard TD run and following a Syracuse turnover, Hall ran in
from 24 yards to make it 48-7 with still six minutes left in the