12:00 PM ET, October 1, 2005
MILAN PUSKAR STADIUM, MORGANTOWN, WV
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) -- Marcus Vick threw for two touchdowns and ran for another and No. 3 Virginia Tech converted two West Virginia turnovers into scores to beat the Mountaineers 34-17 on Saturday in the finale of a 33-year series between the former Big East rivals.
Vick, facing the Mountaineers for the first time, ran for a season-high 74 yards and was 15-of-17 passing for 177 yards.
The Hokies avoided the many turnovers and penalties they had in 2003 when they also were ranked third and were beaten 28-7, the highest-ranked opponent West Virginia had ever defeated. The celebration of the win was marred when more than 100 fires were set after that midweek game in Morgantown.
The schools have met every year since 1973 but Tech's move to the Atlantic Coast Conference last year and the subsequent addition of other teams to the Big East made it more difficult for the two schools to schedule each other.
This time, Virginia Tech (5-0) gave the sellout crowd little reason to celebrate. The Hokies never trailed and kept the Mountaineers offense off the field for most of the second half.
Vick efficiently guided long scoring drives on Virginia Tech's first two possessions after halftime. His 23-yard scramble set up Cedric Humes' 4-yard TD run early in the fourth quarter for the final margin.
West Virginia (4-1) failed to score a second-half touchdown for the second straight game and the third time this season.
West Virginia managed just seven yards on its first three offensive series. Vick, who went 9-of-10 for 115 yards in the first half, ran for a 10-yard score after Pernell Williams fumbled deep in Mountaineer territory on West Virginia's second possession.
West Virginia quarterback Adam Bednarik was knocked out of the game in the second quarter when he was hit going out of bounds and hurt his left shoulder.
The Mountaineers came back behind backup Pat White. Virginia Tech's defense had allowed just two touchdowns all season, but West Virginia matched that in the second quarter.
Two Mountaineer receivers made their first career catches -- both touchdowns -- to temporarily keep the score close. Michael Villagrana caught a 2-yard TD pass and Dorrell Jalloh split two defenders and went 46 yards to cut the deficit to 17-14.
But West Virginia's Antonio Lewis let a punt go off his chest and D.J. Parker recovered for the Hokies at the Mountaineers' 30. Vick needed just four plays to make West Virginia pay, hitting Eddie Royal with a 16-yard TD reception for a 24-14 halftime lead.
Freshman Steve Slaton, part of a five-back rotation, provided much of West Virginia's second-half offense on one play -- a 44-yard run in which he broke three tackles. But the Mountaineers managed only a short field goal on the series, their only points of the second half.
Slaton led all rushers with 90 yards on 11 carries. Humes led Virginia Tech with 79 yards on 22 carries.
Top 25 Overview
It was over when... Cedric Humes ran four yards to put the Hokies up by 17 in the 4th quarter. No way the Hokies defense would surrender that lead.
Gameball goes to... An emotional Marcus Vick, who was nearly flawless going 15-of-17 for 177 yards with 2 TDs and ran for a season-high 74 yards with a score.
Stat of the game... 40: The number of points Virginia Tech has allowed in five games this season.
The Fan Pick
94.7% of College Pick'em players picked Virginia Tech to win the game.
Team Stat Comparison
|3rd Down Conversions||10-15||6-13|
|4th Down Conversions||0-0||1-1|
|TD||7:58||MARCUS VICK 10 YD RUN (BRANDON PACE KICK)|
Drive info: 5 plays, 24 yards.
|FG||1:50||BRANDON PACE 35 YD FG|
Drive info: 9 plays, 50 yards.
|TD||11:20||MIKE VILLAGRANA 2 YD PASS FROM PAT WHITE (PAT MCAFEE KICK)|
Drive info: 12 plays, 59 yards.
|TD||7:42||JEFF KING 9 YD PASS FROM MARCUS VICK (BRANDON PACE KICK)|
Drive info: 8 plays, 68 yards.
|TD||5:42||DORRELL JALLOH 46 YD PASS FROM PAT WHITE (PAT MCAFEE KICK)|
Drive info: 6 plays, 69 yards.
|TD||2:16||EDDIE ROYAL 15 YD PASS FROM MARCUS VICK (BRANDON PACE KICK)|
Drive info: 4 plays, 30 yards.
|FG||9:31||BRANDON PACE 41 YD FG|
Drive info: 13 plays, 53 yards.
|FG||3:33||PAT MCAFEE 21 YD FG|
Drive info: 11 plays, 76 yards.
|TD||13:02||CEDRIC HUMES 4 YD RUN (BRANDON PACE KICK)|
Drive info: 10 plays, 80 yards.