It was a sloppy day, but No. 15 Virginia Tech defeated Austin Peay, 42-7 on a rainy Saturday at Lane Stadium in Blacksburg. Hokies running back Michael Holmes scored his first two career touchdowns (averaged more than four yards per carry- 40 yards on nine attempts), quarterback Logan Thomas completed 15-of-23 passes for 212 yards and two touchdowns and receiver Marcus Davis had a team-high 48 rushing yards to lead the effort offensively.
Michael Holmes had his first two career touchdowns during Virginia Tech's 42-7 win against Austin Peay on Saturday.
For the second straight game, linebacker Jack Tyler led Virginia Tech in tackles with eight. Defensive tackle Derrick Hopkins continued his stellar play with six tackles, including one for loss and Kyshoen Jarrett had six tackles, one for loss and 46-yard punt return that set up Virginia Tech’s first touchdown of the game.
The Hokies (2-0) play at Pittsburgh at Noon next Saturday. Here's how the scoring happened.
Virginia Tech 42, Austin Peay 7Tony Gregory ran 18 yards for his first touchdown of the season. Cody Journell’s extra point put the Hokies ahead 42-7 with 9:30 to play in the game.
The Drive- four plays, 42 yards, 1:47. Gregory had an 8-yard run the play before his touchdown. Back-up quarterback Mark Leal completed a pass to Demetri Knowles on the first play of the drive.
Virginia Tech 35, Austin Peay 7
Thomas throws a 13-yard touchdown pass to Dunn to answer the Governors’ score and put the Hokies ahead 35-7 with 2:30 to play in the third quarter.
The Drive- Eight plays, 72 yards, 3:09. Davis had a 22-yard run and freshman J.C. Coleman had a couple of carries for 13 yards. Knowles had a 15-yard run just prior to the touchdown pass.
Virginia Tech 28, Austin Peay 7
Terrence Oliver rushes up the middle for a 10-yard touchdown. Steph Stansell kicks the extra point to pull the Governors within three touchdowns with 5:45 to play in the third quarter.
[b]The Drive- Six plays, 78 yards, 2:00. Wesley Kitts had three rushes for 51 yards for Austin Peay on the drive and Ryan had one of his few completions for a 19-yard gain and a first down to Devin Stark that put the Governors in Tech territory.
Virginia Tech 28, Austin Peay 0
Holmes with a 9-yard run to the right for a touchdown, his second of the game. Journell’s extra point gives the Hokies a 28-0 lead with 7:51 to play in the third quarter.
The Drive- Nine plays, 80 yards, 4:10. Marcus Davis gained 26 yards on a reverse and Corey Fuller caught a 14-yard pass from Thomas on a 3rd-and-5 just prior to the big run by Davis. Thomas was 4-of-6 on the drive.
Virginia Tech 21, Austin Peay 0
Thomas threw a 30-yard touchdown pass to Corey Fuller on 3rd-and-12. Journell’s extra point put the Hokies up 21-0 with 26 seconds before halftime.
The Drive- Seven plays, 71 yards, 1:06. Thomas found Randall Dunn twice for a total of 26 yards before Fuller’s catch and was 4-for-6 on the drive- all passing plays (he was sacked once).
Virginia Tech 14, Austin Peay 0
Thomas’ 1-yard touchdown run followed by Journell’s extra point gives the Hokies a 14-0 lead with 5:35 left in the first half. The Drive- 5 plays, 42 yards, 2:20. A 19-yard run by Holmes and a 23-yard pass from Thomas to Davis keyed the drive for the Hokies.
Virginia Tech 7, Austin Peay 0
Holmes’ 3-yard touchdown run, the first of his Tech career, followed by Journell’s extra point put the Hokies on the board with 2:38 remaining in the first quarter.
The Drive- 3 plays, 6 yards, 1:00. Jarrett’s 46-yard punt return set Virginia Tech up at the Governors’ 6. Martin Scales got his first two carries this season before Holmes punched it in.