12:00 PM ET, October 11, 2003
Lane Stadium, BLACKSBURG, VA
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 minutes.
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 the contest.
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 third period.
Team Stat Comparison
|3rd Down Conversions||3-17||7-15|
|4th Down Conversions||0-1||0-0|
|TD||11:41||BRYAN RANDALL 75 YD RUN (CARTER WARLEY KICK)|
Drive info: 3 plays, 83 yards.
|TD||6:07||DEANGELO HALL 58 YD PUNT RETURN (CARTER WARLEY KICK)||0||14|
|TD||4:30||DEANGELO HALL 60 YD PUNT RETURN (CARTER WARLEY KICK)||0||21|
|FG||11:02||CARTER WARLEY 34 YD FG|
Drive info: 5 plays, 13 yards.
|FG||5:05||CARTER WARLEY 23 YD FG|
Drive info: 10 plays, 41 yards.
|TD||13:59||WALTER REYES 1 YD RUN (COLLIN BARBER KICK)|
Drive info: 3 plays, 19 yards.
|TD||11:20||KEVIN JONES 33 YD RUN (CARTER WARLEY KICK)|
Drive info: 5 plays, 87 yards.
|TD||6:29||KEVIN JONES 25 YD RUN (CARTER WARLEY KICK)|
Drive info: 6 plays, 77 yards.
|TD||6:02||DEANGELO HALL 24 YD RUN (CARTER WARLEY KICK)|
Drive info: 1 plays, 24 yards.
|FG||9:51||CARTER WARLEY 24 YD FG|
Drive info: 9 plays, 46 yards.