Tech blows out Rutgers in BIG EAST opener
Hokies are 3-0
September 16, 2000

The eighth-ranked team in the nation lived up to that Saturday as Virginia Tech pounded Rutgers 49-0 on a brisk, autumn afternoon at Lane Stadium in Blacksburg. The Hokies (3-0) beat the Scarlet Knights (2-1) for the eighth straight time in a game that served as the BIG EAST openers for both teams.

Tech used big games from quarterback Michael Vick and tailback Lee Suggs to put the game away early. The Hokies scored on their first three possessions and five of their first six to take a 35-0 lead at halftime and never look back.

"I thought the defense played well and the offense made some plays and we got some plays from our special teams," Tech head coach Frank Beamer said. "I like it when everyone joins in. I think that's what it takes to be a good football team."

Vick rebounded from a sub-par game at East Carolina - he totaled a career-low 119 yards in that game - by putting together one of his better efforts against a team he blistered for five touchdowns in a 58-20 win last season. Vick rushed for 104 yards on 11 carries and scored once and he also completed 10 of 18 passes for 120 yards and a touchdown - an 18-yard pass to receiver Emmett Johnson.

Suggs, meanwhile, rushed 16 times for 76 yards and scored four touchdowns. Suggs opened the game with a 7-yard touchdown run on Tech's first possession and later added scoring runs of 3, 1 and 3 yards. He became the first Tech player since Tommy Edwards in 1993 to score four touchdowns in a game. Edwards scored four in Tech's 63-21 at Pittsburgh that year.

"I didn't really realize that," Suggs said. "I don't think about things like that. I just go out and try to do the best that I can. I've still got some things to work on."

Tech's defense stood tall too. The Hokies kept Rutgers quarterback Mike McMahon in check as McMahon completed just 12 of 36 passes for 149 yards and was intercepted three times. McMahon came into the game ranked 11th nationally in total offense at 302.5 yards per game and Tech knocked McMahon out of the game in the third quarter.

The Hokies have an off week before stepping back on to the field Sept. 30. Tech travels to Boston College for a 3:30 p.m. kickoff in a game that will be televised by CBS.