Hokies Roll Past Rutgers Once Again
By Jimmy Robertson
September 22, 2001

The ninth-ranked Virginia Tech Hokies, looking refreshed after last weekend's week off, took advantage of numerous mistakes by Rutgers to knock off the Scarlet Knights 50-0 in front of 27,514 fans at Rutgers Stadium in Piscataway, N.J. The win marked the Hokies' ninth straight over the Scarlet Knights.

Tech jumped out to a 28-0 first-quarter lead, scoring on four of its first five possessions, and never looked back. Tech scored more than 30 points against the Scarlet Knights for the ninth straight time in improving to 3-0 on the season. Rutgers is 1-2.

The Hokies were led offensively by quarterback Grant Noel, who threw three touchdown passes in the first quarter. Tech parlayed a Brian Welch interception into a 1-yard touchdown run by Keith Burnell to give the Hokies a 7-0 lead less than 90 seconds into the game. Then Noel took over completing touchdown passes of 5 yards to Jarrett Ferguson, 16 yards to Emmett Johnson and 6 yards to Terrell Parham. Noel completed his first eight passes and finished the game 17-of-22 for 164 yards and four touchdowns - tying a school record held by four other players.

Tech's defense dominated for the second straight game. The Hokies picked off Rutgers quarterback Ryan Cubit four times and recovered a fumble.

The Hokies take on Central Florida next Saturday. Kickoff is scheduled for noon.