Hokies Hold Final Scrimmage
Randall throws for 154 yards and score
August 21, 2004

BLACKSBURG - Just a week away from kickoff against No. 1 and defending national champion Southern California, the Virginia Tech football team held its final scrimmage Saturday at Lane Stadium/Worsham Field. With its conclusion, preseason officially ends and the Hokies move into game-week preparation.

Senior quarterback Bryan Randall connected on 14-of-22 passes for 154 yards and a touchdown with an interception as the first-team offense gained 11 first downs, eight via pass. Back-up Sean Glennon completed 5-of-14 passes for 77 yards, including a 39-yard scoring pass to David Clowney on the scrimmage's final play. Cory Holt went 2-for-3 for 9 yards in limited action.

"I think we're about as ready as we can be," said head coach Frank Beamer. "The first offense, I think moved the ball fairly well against the second defense. And I thought the first defense played fairly well against our second offense."

Cedric Humes played in his first scrimmage of the preseason and rushed for 11 yards on three carries. Justin Hamilton led the way with 29 yards on five carries while freshman George Bell toted the ball six times for 19 yards.

Eddie Royal led the receiving corps with four catches for 48 yards, including a 6-yard touchdown reception from Randall. Freshman Justin Harper had three catches for 30 yards. Tight end Jeff King (40 yards), Josh Hyman (25 yards) and Michael Malone (18 yards) each had two receptions.

The first-string defense didn't allow a first down to the second stringers in the scrimmage. Glennon's scoring pass came at the end against the reserves. Chris Ellis led the defense with three tackles, including two for loss and a sack, and an interception. Free safety Mike Daniels was the leading tackler with eight stops while James Griffin had six tackles, including one TFL. Roland Minor had six tackles while Xavier Adibi had five stops, including two for loss and a sack. Defensive end Darryl Tapp collected two sacks.

Senior Vinnie Burns averaged 48.5 yards on five punts while Royal had two kickoffs returns for an average of 26.5 yards.

Brandon Pace made a 33-yard field goal and just missed a 50-yard effort while Jared Develli put one of his two kickoffs into the end zone.

"Now we're in to game week and we'll get ready to play a game and see where we are," Beamer said. "The thing I stress is wherever we are, I feel like we'll get better because we do have some good, young players. You see them gradually getting better. If we just stay healthy, I think we'll keep going in that direction."

Tech and USC play in the BCA Classic on Saturday, Aug. 28 at FedEx Field in Landover, Md. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:45 p.m., and the game will be televised nationally by ESPN.