WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) -- Mike Imoh ran for 100 yards and the
winning touchdown Saturday to lead Virginia Tech to a 17-10 victory
over Wake Forest in the Hokies' first Atlantic Coast Conference
Bryan Randall set up the go-ahead score for Virginia Tech (4-2,
2-1 ACC). After being stifled for most of the game, the quarterback
broke free on consecutive 12-yard runs, then scrambled for another
21 to put the Hokies on the 11.
Imoh scored two plays later on a 7-yard run to put Virginia Tech
on top with 2:10 to play.
Wake Forest (3-3, 0-3) nearly tied it again, but was stopped on
the Virginia Tech 5. One of Cory Randolph's passes into the end
zone was nearly intercepted, and the next one sailed through
receiver Jimmy Williams' hands.
Randolph's fourth-down attempt was dropped short of the end
zone, sealing another heartbreaking defeat for the Demon Deacons.
They lost in overtime at both Clemson and North Carolina State.
Imoh, who ran for 115 yards on 30 carries last week in a victory
over then-No. 6 West Virginia, had 100 yards on 29 carries. He
scored on his final run of the game.
Randall ended with 119 yards passing, including a 5-yard
touchdown pass to Jeff King, and 46 yards rushing.
Randolph threw for 180 yards for Wake Forest. Chris Barclay ran
for 84 yards, including a 1-yard scoring run.
The game could have been lopsided, but Wake Forest's Josh Gattis
ended two potential Virginia Tech scoring drives with fumble
The first was in the second quarter when he tackled Cedric Humes
at the Wake Forest 19 and knocked the ball loose, then pounced on
Humes' second recovery was much bigger, taking the ball away
from Justin Hamilton at the Wake Forest 1 as Virginia Tech was
going in for a third-quarter touchdown.
The Hokies' defense was swarming early, ratting Wake Forest into
consecutive false starts on its first possession followed by a sack
Virginia Tech dominated the first half, but gave up just enough
plays to keep the game tight.
Randall was sacked twice late in the second quarter, forcing
Virginia Tech to punt from its own 1. That gave the Deacons the
ball on Tech's 45, and Randolph moved them into scoring range with
a 30-yard pass to Kevin Marion.
Barclay scored five plays later to cut Virginia Tech's lead to
three at 10-7 with 25 seconds to play before halftime.
The game might have been tied, but kicker Matt Wisnosky injured
his knee on the opening kickoff and the Deacons had to use punter
Ryan Plackemeier on field goals. His 38-yard attempt in the first
quarter bounced off the right upright. He later made a 20-yarder
that tied it at 10 with 6:15 to play.
Virginia Tech also missed a field goal, with Brandon Pace's
47-yard attempt falling short.