BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) -- Branden Ore rushed for a career-high 207
yards and scored two touchdowns as Virginia Tech beat Southern
Mississippi 36-6 Saturday night.
Ore, who carried the ball 23 times, had a 70-yard touchdown run
on the first play of the Hokies possession with 10:21 left in the
fourth quarter. Backup Kenny Lewis Jr. had a 14-yard run for the
final score with 44 seconds left.
The Hokies (5-2) had 284 yards rushing to 82 for the Golden
Eagles (4-3), and 398 total yards to 216.
Sean Glennon was 4-for-11 for 100 yards, including a 38-yard
touchdown pass to Josh Morgan to make it 19-6 with 6:16 left in the
Three times, Virginia Tech's special teams pinned back the
Golden Eagles within their 10-yard line, and Southern Miss
quarterback Jeremy Young was sacked six times.
The Hokies got their ground game going after managing less than
50 yards in each of their last two games -- Atlantic Coast
Conference losses to Boston College and Georgia Tech. The Hokies
had 33 yards against Boston College and 42 yards in the Georgia
Southern Miss of Conference USA scored first on a 38-yard field
goal by Darren McCaleb early in the first quarter.
The Hokies took a lead they never relinquished less than 3
minutes later on a 2-yard run by Ore that was set up by Glennon's
40-yard pass to Eddie Royal. McCaleb had a 37-yard field goal with
4:17 left in the quarter for the Golden Eagles' other score.
The Hokies ended a 10-play, 44-yard drive with Brandon Pace's
26-yard field goal early in the second quarter to give Tech a 10-6
margin. The Hokies added a safety when Brandon Flowers tackled
Young in the end zone.
Southern Miss was playing without running back Damion Fletcher,
the nation's No. 8 rusher, who had knee surgery. Senior guard
Travis Cooley also was out with a knee injury.