Friday, November 7, 2008

VIRGINIA TECH 23, #23 MARYLAND 13

Darren Evans #32 and Virginia Tech spent 12 days hearing about an offense that fans blamed for the team's struggles in a wide-open ACC.

If your quarterbacks are hurt (wink, wink) and your young receiving core isn’t too sure-handed then run the ball and play good D. That approach has worked for the Hokies all during the Beamer era, and it worked well last night. Oddly enough, the VT special teams, normally a staple, continue to be inconsistent.

The Evans powered running game suggests the basic offensive problems are solved while confirming what we already know – you can’t believe what coaches say about injuries (see item below).

Evans ran for a school-record 253 yards and a touchdown and the Hokies played stout defense to continue their Thursday night mastery with a 23-13 victory over No. 23 Maryland.

We knew the Terps were in tough soup when they drove the length of the field on their opening drive only to come away empty-handed. It was all Hokies from there.

ESPN Fast Facts

• The Hokies improved to 3-0 against Maryland since joining the ACC in 2004 and ended their two-game losing streak.

• Virginia Tech tailback Darren Evans rushed for a school-record 253 yards, his first career 100-yard rushing game.

• The Terrapins ran for minus-12 yards on 18 carries. Their previous low this season had been 79 yards against Virginia. Maryland is now 3-0 against ranked teams this season and 3-3 vs. unranked teams.

(AP Photos/Don Petersen)

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