Jones' big game leads Hokies to 35-19 win over Texas A&M
By Matthew Spiers
September 18, 2003

Post Game Notes Texas A&M Aggies
at #8 Virginia Tech Hokies
Thursday, Sep. 18, 2003
Lane Stadium/Worsham Field - Blacksburg, Va.
  • The field goal by Texas A&M's Todd Pegram marked the first points given up by the Hokies in the first quarter this season.

  • Jeff King's touchdown reception in the second quarter marked his second-career TD catch. He had one, a 19-yarder, against Arkansas State last year.

  • With his career-high 188 yards rushing in the game, Kevin Jones surpassed the 2,000-yard mark for his career. He moved past Paul Adams (1,984; 1972-76), James Barber (2,052; 1971-93) and Terry Smoot (2,116; 1967-69) and into 12th place all-time at Tech in career rushing yards. Jones now has 2,156 career rushing yards. Up next on the list is Tony Kennedy (2,259; 1989-92) in 11th place. The last Tech player to rush for 100 yards in a game was Bryan Randall (132 yards) against Miami last season.

  • The 98-yard drive by the Aggies in the second quarter was the longest drive of the season by a Tech opponent. UCF had a 95-yard drive (8 plays, 3:30 TOP) in the season opener against Tech.

  • The failed two-point conversion was the first two-point attempt by a Tech opponent since last season's Syracuse game. The Orangemen converted that attempt in the third overtime.

  • Garnell Wilds recorded his ninth-career interception with a pick in the fourth quarter. He is now tied with current head coach Frank Beamer, Carter Wiley and Torrian Gray.

  • Ernest Wilford's catch in the fourth quarter gave him sole possession of ninth place all-time at Tech in career receptions with 85.

  • With 122 yards of total offense, Bryan Randall moved past Bob Schweickert (3,448; 1974-77) and Roscoe Coles (3,458; 1974-77) and into ninth place all-time at Tech in career total offensive yards. He now has 3,485 total yards. With 63 yards passing, he moved past Todd Greenwood (2,721; 1982-85) and into ninth place all-time at Tech in career passing yards. He now has 2,742 passing yards.

  • Tech is now 7-5-1 against teams from the state of Texas and is 2-2 against Texas A&M.

  • Tech has now won 27 consecutive games in the months of August and September. The Hokies now have 15 consecutive non-conference wins at home.

  • The win marked head coach Frank Beamer's 120th victory at Virginia Tech. He now has a record of 120-69-2 in 16-plus years at Tech.

  • Tech has now intercepted a pass in 12 consecutive games and has forced a turnover in 22 consecutive games.

  • Tech has converted 67 percent of its third-down conversions in three games thus far.

  • Virginia Tech (3-0) will host Connecticut in the final game of a four-game homestand to open the season. Game time is set for noon and it will be broadcast by ESPN Regional Television.
     
  • Despite the sloppy weather brought by Hurricane Isabel, the No. 8-ranked Virginia Tech Hokies rode behind its offensive line and the legs of Kevin Jones en route to a 35-19 win over Texas A&M on September 18 at Lane Stadium. Jones ran for a career-high 188 carries on 30 carries and scored three touchdowns as the teams played through a steady rain in front of an announced crowd of 65,115 fans.

    The Hokies found themselves clinging to a 21-19 lead early in the fourth quarter after Aggie quarterback Reggie McNeal found Tim Van Zant for a 15-yard touchdown strike with 14:24 left in the game. But Tech proceeded to go 80 yards on the next drive, all on the ground, and claimed a 28-19 lead after a 12-yard touchdown run by quarterback Bryan Randall. Randall also had a key 13-yard run on a third-and-six, escaping the grasp of A&M lineman Linnis Smith and earning the first down.

    On the ensuing kickoff, the Hokies kicked a high, short kick that was muffed by A&M's Byron Jones. Brian McPherson recovered the fumble for Tech, and six plays later, Jones took it in from 11 yards out for his third touchdown of the night.

    "He's an elusive, tough ball carrier and he's dependable," Tech head coach Frank Beamer said of Jones. "There at the end, we were going to let him carry us a little bit."

    The Hokies opened the scoring in the first quarter on a 1-yard run by Jones. Tech started on a short field after a 15-yard A&M punt put the Hokies at the Aggie 28. Jones rumbled 18 yards on a 4th-and-1 to set up the score.

    However, the Aggies answered back with an impressive 13-play, 62-yard drive of their own into the wind. The drive culminated with a 22-yard field goal by Todd Pegram that cut the score to 7-3.

    Tech responded in kind, going 70 yards in 10 plays and reaching paydirt on a 10-yard pass from Randall to tight end Jeff King. Carter Warley's extra point pushed Tech's advantage to 14-3.

    After another Pegram field goal and holding Tech to three-and-out, the Aggies had an opportunity to tie the game going into halftime. The Aggies marched 98 yards in 12 plays, aided by a Tech pass interference penalty on one third down, and scored on a Courtney Lewis 2-yard run. A&M went for the two-point conversion and the tie but McNeal's pass fell incomplete in the end zone.

    The Hokies also scored on their first drive of the second half. Jones punched it in from 2 yards out to give Tech a 21-12 lead.

    For the game, Tech rushed for 273 yards compared to just 102 rushing yards and 272 total yards for the Aggies. Randall completed 9 of 13 passes for 63 yards, the one touchdown and one interception. He also rushed for 60 yards and one touchdown on nine carries.

    Tech's next game will be September 27 against Connecticut. The game is slated for a noon kickoff at Lane Stadium.