Scores

Final

Wake Forest 21

(2-5, 1-3 ACC)

Virginia Tech 52

(5-2, 3-0 ACC)

Coverage: ESPNU

3:30 PM ET, October 16, 2010

Lane Stadium, Blacksburg, VA

1 2 3 4 T
WAKE 7 7 7 021
VT 21 28 3 052

Top Performers

Passing: T. Taylor (VT) - 292 YDS, 3 TD

Rushing: J. Harris (WAKE) - 20 CAR, 241 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: D. Roberts (VT) - 6 REC, 134 YDS

Virginia Tech explodes in first half to put away Wake Forest

Associated Press

BLACKSBURG, Va. -- Tyrod Taylor threw for 292 yards and three touchdowns and also rushed for a touchdown to lead Virginia Tech past Wake Forest 52-21 on Saturday.

The Hokies (5-2, 3-0 Atlantic Coast Conference), who won their fifth straight after opening the season with two losses, scored touchdowns on seven of their eight first-half possessions against Wake Forest (2-5, 1-3). Their 49 first-half points tied for the second most (Rutgers, 1999) scored in a first half by a Virginia Tech team under Frank Beamer.

"I really felt like our team was ready to play," Beamer said. "I know we gave up a couple of plays on defense early, and we'll look at that and get it corrected. But I think our football team was really ready to play."

It showed from the start. Taylor hit backup quarterback Logan Thomas -- who was split out as a receiver -- for a 3-yard score on the Hokies' opening possession.

Later in the first half, he threw touchdown passes of 25 yards to Danny Coale and 11 yards to Jarrett Boykin, and also scored on a 1-yard sneak. Darren Evans handled the rest of the scoring in the first half, getting in the end zone on three short runs (5, 8 and 1).

"It was good to start the game the way we did," Taylor said. "We haven't been getting off to good starts and I've been telling the guys that we needed to start the game early from play one and get on top of them. That's what we did today."

Evans' three rushing touchdowns were a career high, and he finished with 52 yards on 12 carries. David Wilson led Tech with 105 yards rushing, and Dyrell Roberts set a career high with 134 yards receiving.

Virginia Tech finished with a season-high 604 yards of total offense.

"I think Virginia Tech is a very talented football team," Wake Forest coach Jim Grobe said. "But some of the things we did today were not very disciplined. On some scrambles, we turned some guys loose. We worked on that all week, that if he [Taylor] started scrambling, you have to stay with your guy and stay in your zones.

"Basically, they had a great day running and throwing the football, and from our standpoint defensively, we could've played better. But I'd give them the credit. They're hitting their stride and really playing good football now."

Wake Forest tailback Josh Harris rushed for a career-high 241 yards on 19 carries and scored on touchdown runs of 33 and 87 yards to lead the Demon Deacons. He accounted for 241 of Wake's 346 yards total offense.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
WAKE
VT
1st Downs935
Total Yards346605
Passing92314
Rushing254291
Penalties8-754-35
3rd Down Conversions2-1012-17
4th Down Conversions0-00-1
Turnovers00
Possession18:3441:26

Passing Leaders

Wake ForestC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Price3/16925.810
Virginia TechC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Taylor19/2729210.830

Rushing Leaders

Wake ForestCARYDSAVGTDLG
Harris2024112.1287
Campanaro11212.0012
Virginia TechCARYDSAVGTDLG
Wilson151057.0033
Evans12524.3317

Receiving Leaders

Wake ForestRECYDSAVGTDLG
Givens28442.0178
Bohanon188.008
Virginia TechRECYDSAVGTDLG
Roberts613422.3042
Coale510320.6137

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERWAKEVT
TD13:29Logan Thomas 2 Yd Pass From Tyrod Taylor (Chris Hazley Kick) 07
TD07:36Darren Evans 5 Yd Run (Chris Hazley Kick) 014
TD06:17Josh Harris 33 Yd Run (Jimmy Newman Kick) 714
TD03:02Danny Coale 25 Yd Pass From Tyrod Taylor (Chris Hazley Kick) 721
SECOND QUARTERWAKEVT
TD12:34Darren Evans 8 Yd Run (Chris Hazley Kick) 728
TD12:16Josh Harris 87 Yd Run (Jimmy Newman Kick) 1428
TD08:49Tyrod Taylor 1 Yd Run (Chris Hazley Kick) 1435
TD03:36Darren Evans 1 Yd Run (Chris Hazley Kick) 1442
TD00:52Jarrett Boykin 10 Yd Pass From Tyrod Taylor (Chris Hazley Kick) 1449
THIRD QUARTERWAKEVT
TD11:35Chris Givens 78 Yd Pass From Tanner Price (Jimmy Newman Kick) 2149
FG04:52Chris Hazley 33 Yd 2152

Research Notes

Josh Harris had a 87-yard TD run in the first half for Wake Forest. That's tied with John Mackovic (at Virginia on 9/19/1964) for the 3rd-longest in school history. The longest is 90 yards by Freddie Summers vs Maryland on 11/2/1968 and the second-longest is 89 yards by Tony Gallovich at Miami on 10/6/1939.

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