Scores

Final

Virginia Tech 35

(4-1, 2-0 ACC)

Nebraska 30

(3-1, 3-1 home)

Coverage: ABC Regional coverage

8:00 PM ET, September 27, 2008

Memorial Stadium (Lincoln, NE), Lincoln, NE

1 2 3 4 T
VT 9 9 10 735
NEB 7 3 7 1330

Top Performers

Passing: J. Ganz (NEB) - 278 YDS, 2 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: D. Evans (VT) - 21 CAR, 72 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: M. McNeill (NEB) - 3 REC, 66 YDS, 1 TD

Virginia Tech holds off Nebraska, wins 4th in row

Associated Press

LINCOLN, Neb. -- Darren Evans scored two touchdowns, Dustin Keys kicked four field goals and Virginia Tech held off Nebraska's comeback bid in the second half to win 35-30 Saturday night.

The Hokies (4-1) have won four straight after losing their opener to East Carolina. The Huskers (3-1) lost a nonconference home game for only the third time since 1991.

The Cornhuskers started their rally after trailing 28-10 in the final minute of the third quarter. Roy Helu scored from 12 yards and Nate Swift ran back a punt 88 yards for a touchdown.

Tyrod Taylor scored from 2 yards out to give Virginia Tech a 35-23 lead with 2:28 left, but Ganz led the Huskers 80 yards in 56 seconds, hitting Todd Peterson with a 17-yard touchdown pass to get the Huskers within five. Virginia Tech recovered the onside kick but failed to run out the clock.

The Huskers started their last possession at their own 10 with 25 seconds left. Joe Ganz hit Niles Paul for 21 yards and Peterson for 25 more, but cornerback Stephan Virgil knocked the ball loose and safety Dorian Porch recovered to secure the win for Virginia Tech.

Taylor, 8-0 as the Hokies' starting quarterback, rushed for 87 yards and completed 9-of-15 passes for 171 yards. Ganz was 17-of-26 for 278 yards and two touchdowns, with one interception.

Virginia Tech got out to a quick 9-0 lead, marking the first time in seven games that the Hokies scored in the opening quarter.

Virgil came up the gut untouched to block Dan Titchener's punt out of the end zone for a safety, making this the 16th straight year that Virginia Tech has blocked at least one.

The Hokies added to their lead after Victor "Macho" Harris returned an interception to the Nebraska 11, setting up Evans' 1-yard touchdown.

The Huskers pulled to 9-7 when Virginia Tech's secondary bit on a play-action fake and Ganz hit an all-alone Mike McNeill for a 32-yard touchdown.

Virginia Tech was up 18-10 at half after Keys kicked field goals of 19, 38 and 27 yards on consecutive possessions, and he added a 36-yarder to end the first series of the third quarter.

Nebraska beat Virginia Tech 41-24 in 1996 Orange Bowl, the teams' only previous meeting.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
VT
NEB
1st Downs2114
Total Yards377333
Passing171278
Rushing20655
Penalties4-307-69
3rd Down Conversions7-172-11
4th Down Conversions0-01-1
Turnovers02
Possession34:4425:16

Passing Leaders

Virginia TechC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Taylor9/1517111.400
NebraskaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Ganz17/2627810.721

Rushing Leaders

Virginia TechCARYDSAVGTDLG
Taylor15875.8130
Evans21723.4219
NebraskaCARYDSAVGTDLG
Helu Jr.4215.3112
Ganz8182.308

Receiving Leaders

Virginia TechRECYDSAVGTDLG
Boykin25829.0034
Smith25427.0040
NebraskaRECYDSAVGTDLG
McNeill36622.0132
Peterson46015.0125

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERVTNEB
SF08:35Ball Through End Zone 20
TD05:22Darren Evans 1 Yd Run (Dustin Keys Kick) 90
TD03:54Mike Mcneill 32 Yd Pass From Joe Ganz (Alex Henery Kick) 97
SECOND QUARTERVTNEB
FG14:51Dustin Keys 19 Yd 127
FG10:45Alex Henery 48 Yd 1210
FG07:10Dustin Keys 38 Yd 1510
FG01:15Dustin Keys 27 Yd 1810
THIRD QUARTERVTNEB
FG10:25Dustin Keys 36 Yd 2110
TD06:54Darren Evans 19 Yd Run (Dustin Keys Kick) 2810
TD00:04Roy Helu Jr. 12 Yd Run (Alex Henery Kick) 2817
FOURTH QUARTERVTNEB
TD07:52Nate Swift 88 Yd Punt Return (Two-Point Conversion Failed) 2823
TD02:28Tyrod Taylor 2 Yd Run (Dustin Keys Kick) 3523
TD01:32Todd Peterson 17 Yd Pass From Joe Ganz (Alex Henery Kick) 3530