Davis' big game lifts Hokies over WVU
By Jimmy Robertson
October 13, 2000

Virginia Tech rallied from a seven-point halftime deficit behind the scintillating play of receiver André Davis to knock off BIG EAST foe West Virginia 48-20 in front of 56,272 fans at Lane Stadium on Thursday night.

With the win, Tech is now 6-0 on the season, including a 4-0 mark in the BIG EAST. The Hokies beat West Virginia (4-2, 2-2) for the ninth time in the past 12 meeting between the two schools.

"I can't say enough about this team and the way these guys played in the second half," Tech head coach Frank Beamer said. "That's the best half of football we've seen around here in a long time."

Davis scored three touchdowns in three different ways - all in the second half - and accounted for 273 all-purpose yards. He finished the game with 127 yards receiving on six catches, 116 yards on punt returns and 30 yards rushing.

Trailing 14-7 at halftime, Tech came out of the locker room blazing and scored on the third play of the half. Tech quarterback Michael Vick, who completed 10 of 18 passes for 233 yards and two touchdowns, found tight end Bob Slowikowski for a 72-yard touchdown pass. That tied the game at 14.

Then Davis took over.

On Tech's second possession of the second half, he took the handoff on a reverse and sprinted 30 yards for a touchdown to give Tech a 20-14 lead. The Hokies added to their lead when Davis caught a 64-yard touchdown pass from Vick on their next possession. Davis' final score came on a 76-yard punt return to give Tech a 34-14 lead and put the game away for the Hokies.

"He's a talented guy," Beamer said. "There's no question about it. He's got that great, great speed and he runs recklessly. He doesn't worry about himself. He's just a tremendous talent."

Tech scored two more touchdowns to account for its scoring. Jarrett Ferguson scored on a 16-yard run in the fourth quarter, while André Kendrick added a 2-yard run.

Tech's offense amassed more than 500 yards of total offense, including 271 yards rushing against a WVU defense that went into the game allowing a little more than 95 per game. Tailback Lee Suggs led Tech's rushing attack with 84 yards on 18 carries and he scored his 12th touchdown of the season, leaving him one short of tying the single-season record for rushing touchdowns.

Even more impressive was Tech's defense. The Hokies allowed just 248 yards of total offense, including just 78 on the ground. West Virginia made just 4-of-16 third-down conversions.

"Our defense the past couple of weeks has been playing well," Beamer said. "They've been good. I thought as a team we took a step forward tonight."

Tech now gets ready to take on Syracuse at the Carrier Dome on Oct. 21. The Hokies haven't won at the Carrier Dome since 1986. Kickoff for that game has not been set.