Tech too much for Dukes as Hokies notch program's 600th win
By Jimmy Robertson
September 6, 2003

Post Game Notes James Madison Dukes
at #9 Virginia Tech Hokies
Saturday, Sep. 6, 2003
Lane Stadium/Worsham Field - Blacksburg, Va.
  • Aaron Rouse made his first collegiate start, earning it at whip linebacker.

  • The win marked the 600th win in Virginia Tech's football history. The Hokies are now 600-405-46 all-time on the gridiron.

  • Bryan Randall's 47-yard touchdown run in the first quarter marked his longest career rush. His previous long was 34 yards against West Virginia last year.

  • Ernest Wilford's 58 yards receiving give him 1,320 for his career, moving him into eighth place on the Tech all-time list for receiving yards. He moved past Jimmy Quinn (1,262; 1969-71) and Sidney Snell (1,274; 1978-80). He caught four passes, giving him 84 for his career and placing him into a tie for ninth place with Steve Johnson (84; 1984-87) on the all-time receptions list.

  • Cedric Humes' 11-yard touchdown run in the second quarter marked his first collegiate score. He went on to score three touchdowns, coming from 11, 1 and 10 yards out.

  • Kevin Jones' 57 yards rushing give him 1,968 for his career, moving him into 15th place all-time on Tech's career rushing list. He passed Kenny Lewis (1,928, 1976-79) and trails Paul Adams (1,984; 1972-76) for 14th place.

  • DeAngelo Hall recorded his first interception of the season in the third quarter, giving him eight for his career. He is now tied with Garnell Wilds, among others, for 18th place all-time on the Tech interception list.

  • Redshirt-Junior quarterback Lance Goff completed his first collegiate pass, a 31-yarder to tight end Jeff King.

  • With 14 points against JMU, Carter Warley now has 237 career points. He passed Don Wade (224; 1981-84) and Chris Kinzer (234; 1985-88) and moved into fourth place all-time at Virginia Tech in scoring.

  • With his 153 yards passing, junior quarterback Bryan Randall passed Al Clark (2,622; 1995-98) on the Tech all-time passing yard list and moved into 11th place. He now has 2,679 career passing yards.

  • John Candelas scored on a 3-yard run in the fourth quarter, marking the second career touchdown for the walk-on from Blacksburg. Candelas scored last year against Marshall.

  • The last time a Tech kicker made three field goals in one game was in 2000, against UCF, by Carter Warley.

  • Tech has won its last two meetings against JMU by a combined score of 90-0. All-time, the Hokies have outscored the Dukes, 245-44.

  • Tech has now registered at least one shutout in nine consecutive seasons.

  • Seeing extended time in place of injured starter Kevin Jones, tailback Cedric Humes scored three touchdowns as the ninth-ranked Virginia Tech Hokies relied on his scoring, three field goals from Carter Warley and a strong defense to beat the Division-IAA James Madison Dukes 43-0 in front of 65,115 fans at Lane Stadium.

    The win marked Tech's 600th as a program. The Hokies improved to 2-0 on the season and 6-0 all-time against the Dukes. JMU fell to 1-1 on the year.

    Jones was injured at the 13:17 mark of the second quarter when JMU defensive tackle Demetrius Shambley shoved Jones after he had gone out of bounds. Jones ended up falling into the wall of the west side of Lane Stadium and injured both wrists attempting to brace himself. X-rays turned out to be negative, but Jones never returned.

    Shambley was assessed a personal foul penalty on the play and was ejected from the game.

    "I thought their kid got a little carried away," Tech head coach Frank Beamer said. "I don't think he meant to do what he did. Kevin was way out of bounds. Sometimes you get out there and emotions take over."

    "I could have gone back in and played," Jones said. "But Coach [Billy] Hite said I was done at halftime. I'll be ready for the Texas A&M."

    In his place, Humes rushed for 75 yards on 15 carries. The 6-foot-1, 232-pound sophomore score on an 11-yard run in the second quarter that gave Tech a 20-0 lead, and in the second half, scored on runs of 1 and 10 yards. Humes, though, fumbled twice.

    The Hokies stayed conservative on offense, running the ball 53 times compared to 22 passing attempts. Tech finished with 487 yards of total offense, including 303 rushing.

    Quarterback Bryan Randall, who got the Hokies on the board with a career-long 47-yard touchdown run in the first quarter, completed 13-of-20 for 153 yards, and he also rushed for 55 yards on four carries. Warley connected on field goals of 43, 23 and 26 yards to account for Tech's other scores.

    Tech's defense handled the undermanned Dukes the entire day. JMU's best scoring opportunity came on its second drive when the Dukes drove all the way to the Tech 6 before the drive stalled. But kicker Burke George missed a 23-yard field goal wide left and JMU never really threatened the remainder of the game.

    Seventy-three of JMU's 143 yards of total offense came on that drive. The Dukes turned the ball over three times and gave up two sacks.

    "I thought we came out and played a complete game," said DeAngelo Hall, who caught one pass for nine yards, had one interception and returned three punts for 105 yards. "The defense eased up last week and wanted to make sure we came out focused and played fundamentally sound football. We wanted to put the ball in the offense's hands as much as possible and that's what we did."

    Tech takes next weekend off in preparation for a Thursday night game the following week against Texas A&M. ESPN will televise the game, being played at Lane Stadium, and kickoff is slated for 7:30 p.m.