No. 5 Hokies fire on all cylinders in downing Huskies, 47-13
By Matthew Spiers
September 27, 2003

Post Game Notes Connecticut Huskies
at #5 Virginia Tech Hokies
Saturday, Sep. 27, 2003
Lane Stadium/Worsham Field - Blacksburg, Va.
Jason Lallis: right ACL
Justin Hamilton: left ankle sprain
Richard Johnson: left MCL

All are listed as doubtful for next week's game at Rutgers. All will be re-evaluated Sunday at 1 pm

  • Ernest Wilford caught his first touchdown pass of the season, marking the ninth TD catch of his career. He is now tied for 10th all-time at Tech with Bo Campbell, John Rivers and Myron Richardson for career TD catches.

  • Eric Green recorded his fifth career interception and the first touchdown of his career. It marks the first INT for the junior since returning from an ACL tear last offseason that forced him to miss the season.

  • Green's interception marked the 13th consecutive game with an interception for Tech and the 23rd consecutive game with a forced turnover.

  • With his four receptions, Wilford moved past Sidney Snell (86 rec.; 1983-86) and into eighth place all-time at Tech in career receptions. He now has 89 career catches. Mike Burnop (90 rec.; 1970-72) is next on the list in seventh place.

  • With his 59 yards receiving, Wilford now has 1,390 career receiving yards, moving him past Mike Giacolone (1,384; 1979-82) and into seventh place all-time at Tech. Up next is Donald Snell (1,409 yards; 1983-86) in sixth place.

  • The Carter Warley field goal marked the 100th consecutive game Virginia Tech has scored. Cincinnati was the last team to shut out Tech, 16-0, in 1995.

  • Mike Imoh's 91-yard touchdown on a kickoff return marked the first Hokie kickoff return for a touchdown since Tony Kennedy returned one 91 yards against Louisville in 1992.

  • Nathaniel Adibi registered his second career kick block, this time on a punt. Chris Clifton returned it 16 yards for his first collegiate touchdown. That block marked the 98th blocked kick in 192 games under head coach Frank Beamer.

  • Tech scored seven different ways Saturday: PAT, rushing touchdown, passing touchdown, field goal, kickoff return for a touchdown, punt block returned for a touchdown and interception returned for a touchdown.

  • Tech has won its first four games for the seventh consecutive year.

  • Tech has won 28 consecutive games in the months of August and September.

  • Tech (4-0) begins BIG EAST Conference play Saturday at Rutgers in a noon game. Tech is 10-3 all-time against the Scarlet Knights.
  • The No. 5 Virginia Tech Hokies scored a touchdown on defense, two on special teams and three on offense in defeating the Connecticut Huskies 47-13 and improving to 4-0 on the year. Connecticut fell to 3-2 in front of 65,115 fans at Lane Stadium on Sept. 27.

    The Hokies provided plenty of highlight film material in this one, beginning with Ernest Wilford's 28-yard touchdown reception from Bryan Randall at the 6:52 mark of the first quarter. Wilford got past his man and laid out beautifully, reeling in the pass for Tech's first touchdown of the day. Carter Warley's extra point made the score 10-0.

    The score remained that way until the 9:09 mark of the second quarter. UConn was in Tech territory and going for it on 4th-and-4, but quarterback Dan Orlovsky's pass was intercepted by Eric Green. Green picked up some blocking and weaved his way 84 yards to the end zone. Warley's extra point increased the cushion to 17-0.

    Tech got on the board again on a 23-yard touchdown run by Kevin Jones later in the period, and a 35-yard field goal from Warley gave the Hokies a 27-0 halftime advantage.

    The second half started with a bang as Tech's Mike Imoh took the opening kickoff back 91 yards for another Tech score. The kickoff return and extra point gave Tech a 34-0 lead, and it was the first Tech kickoff return for a touchdown since Tony Kennedy took one back in 1992 against Louisville. Coincidentally, Kennedy's was also 91 yards.

    After stopping UConn on its first possession of the second half, Tech's vaunted punt block unit got in on the act. The Hokies flooded in from the right side and senior Nathaniel Adibi collected the second punt block of his career. Sophomore Chris Clifton picked the ball up on the bounce at the 16-yard line and took it in for the score. A bad snap thwarted the extra point, but Tech still had all it needed at 40-0.

    Orlovsky found Matt Cutaia for a touchdown pass late in the third quarter to break up the Tech shutout, and added another scoring pass to Keron Henry in the fourth. A 58-yard touchdown run by Tech sophomore Cedric Humes provided the final score.

    Jones finished with 12 carries for 105 yards (8.8 yards per carry) and a touchdown. Randall completed just 6-of-14 for 64 yards, while backup Marcus Vick completed 4-of-5 for 59 yards.

    The Hokies hit the road for the first time this season next week when they travel to Piscataway, N.J. to take on Rutgers in the BIG EAST opener for both teams.