Tech puts end to A&M home streak
By Jimmy Robertson
September 21, 2002

Post Game Notes #7 Virginia Tech Hokies
at #19 Texas A&M Aggies
Saturday, September 21, 2002
Kyle Field - College Station, Tex. The field goal by Texas A&M's Todd Pegram with 4:58 left in the first quarter marked the first points Virginia Tech has allowed in the first half this year. It also marked the first time in four games the Hokies have trailed in a game.

The field goal was the first one made by a Tech opponent this season and just the second attempted in four games against the Hokies.

Carter Warley's two missed field goals marked just the second and third time in 21 tries this season Virginia Tech has failed to score in the red zone. The Hokies had a turnover against LSU. Tech went into the red zone five times against the Aggies, coming away with two field goals and a touchdown.

Kevin Jones' fumble in the second quarter marked just the third turnover for Tech this year. Bryan Randall has the other two, both fumbles. None of the three turnovers have led to points for the opposition.

Willie Pile's interception was his first of the year and his 11th career pick. The interception ties him for seventh all-time at Tech with Mike Johnson, Ashley Lee and William Yarborough.

Vegas Robinson's interception in the third quarter was his second of the season and of his career. Tech has now forced 13 turnovers this year and those have led to 48 points for Tech.

The touchdown by Lee Suggs in the fourth quarter marked the 17th consecutive game the senior has scored a touchdown in which he has played. With the score, he moved past Don Wade for fourth place in career scoring at Tech. He now has 228 career points.

Quarterback Bryan Randall, making his first start on the road, completed 10-of-11 passes for 119 yards. After missing on his first attempt of the game, the sophomore completed his last 10.

Junior defensive end Nathaniel Adibi became the second player this year to record three sacks in a game. Jim Davis recorded three sacks against LSU.

The crowd of 83,746 at Kyle Field is the largest crowd Tech has ever played in front of in school history. The previous high was 80,500 at Clemson in the 1998 season opener.

Since the beginning of the 1993 season, Tech is 7-0 in games when the score has been tied at halftime. Tech tied Texas A&M 3-3 at the half on a 22-yard field goal by Carter Warley with 57 seconds left to go in the second quarter.

Tech is 13-1 versus non-conference foes in regular season road games since the BIG EAST went to round-robin play in 1993.

With the win, Tech snapped Texas A&M's 29-game home winning streak against non-conference teams. The last non-conference team to win at Kyle Field was Alabama in 1988. This was just the ninth overall home loss for the Aggies in head coach R.C. Slocum's 13+ seasons.

The Hokies forced three turnovers - two interceptions and a fumble. Tech lost a fumble. The Aggies were No. 1 in the nation in turnover margin coming into the game.

The Tech defense held Texas A&M to just 38 yards rushing. The Hokies have held all four opponents this season to 80 yards or less on the ground.

With the win over No. 14 LSU, No. 16 Marshall and now No. 19 Texas A&M, the Hokies have won three consecutive games against ranked teams for the first time since 1996. Tech beat No. 18 Miami, No. 23 West Virginia and No. 20 Virginia to end the regular season. Tech played No. 6 Nebraska in the Orange Bowl to mark its fourth consecutive game against a ranked opponent, but lost 41-21.

This is the sixth consecutive year Virginia Tech has won its first four games.

Tech (4-0) is back in action on Saturday, Sept. 28, traveling to Western Michigan. Game time is noon and will be televised ESPN Regional Television. The Hokies beat WMU 31-0, last year at Blacksburg. Saturday's meeting will mark the first trip ever for a Tech football team to the state of Michigan.

Virginia Tech got two field goals from kicker Carter Warley and a short touchdown run from Lee Suggs, and the Hokies' defense slammed the door on Texas A&M as the Hokies knocked off the 19th-ranked Aggies 13-3 in a defensive slugfest in front of 83,746 fans at Kyle Field.

Tech, ranked seventh in both polls, improved to 4-0 on the season, while Texas A&M fell to 2-1. The Hokies became the first non-conference team since Alabama in 1988 to knock off the Aggies at Kyle Field and the first non-conference team to beat A&M head coach R.C. Slocum at Kyle Field - a string of 29 straight.

"I'm just pleased to come down here and beat a team as good and as tough as Texas A&M," Tech head coach Frank Beamer said. "I proud of our players because this was a tough fight."

Tech trailed 3-0 after a 43-yard field goal by Texas A&M Todd Pegram with 4:58 left in the first quarter. Those marked the first first-half points against Tech this season and the first time the Hokies have trailed all season.

That, though, turned out to be all the Aggies got in this one. Tech got a 22-yard field goal from Warley with less than a minute to go in the first half to tie the game at 3, and then early in the third quarter, Warley connected on a 26-yarder to give the Hokies the lead.

The Hokies then put the game away in the fourth quarter, thanks to a long pass play. On third-and-6 from the Tech 47, Tech quarterback Bryan Randall, under a heavy rush, fired a quick pass to receiver Ernest Wilford, who dodged the tackle of A&M defensive back Byron Jones and went 52 yards to the A&M 1. Lee Suggs scored on the next play and Warley's extra point gave the Hokies a 13-3 lead with 12:29 left in the game.

Tech's defense took care of the rest. Actually, they took care of A&M from the start.

The Hokies stoned the Aggies on the ground, holding them to 38 yards rushing. Overall, Tech held A&M to just 156 yards of total offense. In addition, Tech forced three Aggie turnovers and sacked Aggie quarterbacks five times.

"I thought the defense did a great job," Beamer said. "They got a few things on us early in the game, but after we calmed down, we did a great job. I couldn't be more proud of that group."

Randall, making the first road start of his career, misfired on his first pass attempt, but complete the rest, connecting on 10-of-11 for 119 yards. He also rushed for 14 yards despite being sacked four times.

With the touchdown, Suggs extended his streak of scoring at least one touchdown in a game to 17 straight. He finished with a team-high 51 yards, while backfield mate Kevin Jones added 48. As a team, Tech rushed for 129 yards.

The Hokies will be on the road again next weekend as they travel to Western Michigan for a noon showdown. Tech beat the Broncos 31-0 last season at Lane Stadium.