Hokies Stampede Over Western Michigan, 63-0
By Matthew Spiers
September 11, 2004

Post Game Notes Western Michigan Broncos
at Virginia Tech Hokies
Saturday, Sep. 11, 2004
Lane Stadium/Worsham Field - Blacksburg, Va.
  • Bryan Randall (Sr., Williamsburg, Va.) started his 27th consecutive game at quarterback Saturday. If he starts next week against Duke, he will tie Steve Casey for the most consecutive starts by a quarterback (28) since 1981. Casey started 28 games in a row from 1979-81. Randall's first start was the 2002 Marshall game.

  • Vince Hall (r-Fr., Chesapeake, Va.) and Eddie Royal (Fr., Herndon, Va.) made their first collegiate starts Saturday.

  • Jimmy Williams (Jr., Hampton, Va.) recorded his fourth career interception on the first drive, leading to Royal's first-collegiate touchdown, coming on an 11-yard rush.

  • Cedric Humes (r-Jr., Virginia Beach, Va.) scored his first touchdown of the season, and the sixth of his career, on a 21-yard run on the first play of the second quarter. Tech's other tailback, Justin Hamilton (r-Jr., Clintwood, Va.), later scored his first collegiate rushing touchdown and the second touchdown of his career.

  • Defensive end Jim Davis (r-Sr., Highland Springs, Va.) blocked his first collegiate field goal in the second quarter. Darryl Tapp later got a piece of a punt. The two blocks mark the 102nd and 103rd blocks, respectively, under head coach Frank Beamer in 203 games (53 punts, 29 FGs, 21 PATs). Tight end Jeff King (r-Jr., Pulaski, Va.) blocked a field goal at WMU in 2002 and Wayne Ward blocked a Bronco punt in 2001.

  • During the Beamer era, Tech has blocked two kicks in a game 18 times, winning 13 of those games. Tech has won 21 of the last 25 games in which it has blocked a kick.

  • True freshmen Josh Morgan (Washington, D.C.) and Justin Harper (Catawba, N.C.) each recorded their first collegiate catches on the same drive that was capped off by Royal's first collegiate touchdown reception, a 35-yarder from Randall.

  • With his 15 completions Saturday, Randall passed Steve Casey (1978-81, 342 completions) for career completions and moved into fourth place all-time at Tech. He now has 349 career completions and trails Will Furrer (1988-91, 494 completions) by 146. Randall now has 30 touchdown passes, moving him past Don Strock (1970-72) and Casey and into fourth place all-time at Tech for career touchdown passes. Maurice DeShazo (1991-94) holds the school record with 47 scoring passes.

  • Fullback John Kinzer (r-Fr., Fairfax, Va.) scored his first collegiate touchdown, coming on a 3-yard pass from Randall.

  • Defensive tackle Jason Lallis (r-Sr., Mitchellville, Md.) scored his third collegiate touchdown on a 28-yard return. On the play, WMU offensive lineman Mark Ottney caught the deflection, was tackled by Hall and then Lallis stripped the ball and returned it for the score. Lallis had a 59-yard fumble return for a score against Arkansas State in 2002 and a 45-yard interception for a score against UCF last season. Freshman Brandon Flowers (Delray Beach, Fla.) later scored on his first collegiate interception. He marks the 62nd different Tech player on special teams or defense under Beamer to score a touchdown.

  • The two scores mark the 89th and 90th touchdowns, respectively, scored by Tech's defense or special teams under Beamer and the 55th and 56th scores, respectively, by the defense under Beamer. Since the start of the 1993 season, Tech is now 46-8 in games it scores at least one TD on defense or special teams.

  • Freshman quarterback Sean Glennon (Centreville, Va.) completed his first collegiate attempt to Harper for a 34-yard touchdown. It was Harper's second collegiate catch and first touchdown.

  • Tight end Duane Brown (r-Fr., Richmond, Va.) caught his first collegiate pass for a touchdown in the fourth quarter. Brown is the first player since Josh Hyman to make his first collegiate reception a touchdown.

  • Tech's widest margin of victory in a shutout was 99, when Tech beat Emory & Henry, 99-0, in 1919. The 63-0 win Saturday is the widest margin of victory in a shutout and overall since Tech beat Catholic 73-0 at home in 1922.

  • Tech has now shut out Western Michigan in three consecutive games, outscoring the Broncos 124-0. Tech shut out Wake Forest in five consecutive contests (1916, 17, 18, 19 and 54), outscoring the Demon Deacons 214-0.

  • Six of Tech's nine touchdowns were scored by either true freshmen or redshirt freshmen while 15 of the 19 passes completed went to either true or redshirt freshmen.

  • Virginia Tech (1-1) returns to action next Saturday, hosting Duke (0-2) in a noon contest. The game will be televised by Jefferson-Pilot/Raycom. It will be Tech's first conference football game as a member of the ACC. Duke leads the all-time series, 7-4, but Tech has won the last three games. The last time the two met was in 1984, a 27-0 Tech win led by All-American Bruce Smith.

    BLACKSBURG, Va. - The Virginia Tech Hokies dominated the Western Michigan Broncos in all phases of the game and as a result, ended their four-game losing streak with a 63-0 victory on Sept. 11. This marked the conclusion of a three-game series between the teams in which the Broncos failed to score a single point in 180 minutes.

    The win by Tech leaves both teams at 1-1 on the season.

    The Hokies pounced early in this game and were never challenged. Promising freshman Eddie Royal, whom the coaching staff vowed to get more involved in the offense, did indeed get involved with an 11-yard touchdown run in the first quarter to open the scoring. Royal took the reverse pitch from Bryan Randall and streaked in along the right side for his first collegiate score at the 11:28 mark of the first quarter.

    "We had a reverse called, it was a fake option and they just pitched the ball to me," Royal said. "I got to the corner, got a great block, and was able to just walk into the end zone."

    An interception by Jimmy Williams set up the score. Williams picked off a pass by WMU's Blayne Baggett at the Western Michigan 32 and returned it to the 11 before being knocked out of bounds. The interception was the fourth of Williams' career.

    The score remained 7-0 until the first play of the second quarter when Tech tailback Cedric Humes took the handoff, bounced to the right sideline and snuck the ball inside the pylon for a 21-yard touchdown run. Brandon Pace's extra point made the score 14-0.

    This score was also set up by a Bronco turnover. Baggett scrambled out of the pocket but was drilled by Tech whip linebacker Aaron Rouse. Rouse's hit jarred the ball loose and Tech's Jonathan Lewis fell on it.

    Tech's Justin Hamilton got into the act at the 10:31 mark of the second quarter with a 1-yard plunge on first-and-goal. A pair of 32-yard passes from Randall, the first to Royal and the second to Richard Johnson, set up the score. The touchdown pushed Tech's lead to 21-0.

    The scoring in the first half ended the same way it began, with a Royal touchdown. Randall dropped back to pass, and with the pocket breaking down around him, fired a 35-yard strike to Royal with 2:12 remaining in the half. Pace's extra point gave the Hokies their 28-0 halftime advantage.

    "It was a post route, and we had a lot of time for Bryan to read the defense," Royal said. "He threw a great ball and it was six points."

    The Broncos had a couple of scoring opportunities in the first half but could not convert. Trailing the Hokies 21-0, WMU drove 79 yards to the Tech 5-yard line and settled for a field-goal attempt. But Tech's Jim Davis broke through and deflected the attempt. Then just before the half, the Broncos drove to Tech's 10-yard line, helped by 35 yards of Hokie penalties. However, Robert Menchinger's second attempt of the day sailed wide left from 27 yards out.

    Redshirt freshman fullback John Kinzer recorded his first career touchdown at the 4:40 mark of the third quarter on a 3rd-and-goal pass from Randall. The 3-yard pass and Pace's extra point extended Tech's lead to 35-0.

    A bizarre play on Western Michigan's next snap from scrimmage led to Tech's next score as Bronco quarterback Ryan Cubit threw a pass that was deflected and landed in the arms of offensive guard Mark Ottney. Ottney tried to advance up the field, but Tech's Jason Lallis stripped him of the ball and strolled into the end zone from 28 yards away.

    With Tech ahead 42-0, Beamer inserted many of his backups, including true freshman quarterback Sean Glennon. The offense did not miss a beat as Glennon led the Hokies 48 yards in four plays for another score. Glennon connected with fellow freshman Justin Harper for a 34-yard touchdown on his first collegiate pass attempt, giving the Hokies a 49-0 lead.

    Cornerback Brandon Flowers was the next to get into the act, intercepting a Cubit pass on WMU's next possession and racing 38 yards for Tech's second defensive touchdown of the day.

    Tech's scoring day finally came to a close when Glennon found Duane Brown along the right sideline for a 33-yard touchdown. Brown put on the brakes to avoid a charging defender and then walked into the end zone. The touchdown was the first of Brown's career and the extra point provided the final score. In all, six Hokies scored their first touchdowns against the Broncos - Glennon, Royal, Kinzer, Harper, Brown and Flowers.

    Tech's quarterbacks were the picture of efficiency, with Randall completing 15-of-21 for 253 yards and two touchdowns. Glennon was a perfect 4-for-4 for 79 yards and two touchdowns.

    The Hokies also excelled in special teams in this game. In addition to the blocked field goal by Davis, Darryl Tapp partially blocked a Bronco punt and Tech punter Vinnie Burns averaged 48.5 yards on two punts.

    "I thought that was a great win for our program," head coach Frank Beamer said. "I saw good things on all sides of the ball. I saw good things in our kicking game. I saw some good freshmen make some plays, and I think you have to give those receivers some credit. I thought it was an outstanding day for those freshmen receivers."

    Tech's next game is scheduled for noon on Sept. 18 when the Hokies serve as the host to the Duke Blue Devils.