Hokies Rattle Off Eight Touchdowns in 62-0 Win Over FAMU
By Matthew Spiers
October 16, 2004

Post Game Notes Florida A&M Rattlers
at Virginia Tech Hokies
Saturday, Oct. 16, 2004
Lane Stadium/Worsham Field - Blacksburg, Va.
  • The following players made their first collegiate starts Saturday: Jason Murphy (OG, r-Jr., Baltimore, Md.), David Clowney (FL, So., Delray Beach, Fla.), Carlton Powell (DT, r-Fr., Chesapeake, Va.) and Roland Minor (DB, r-Fr., Washington, D.C.). Minor got the start as part of Tech's nickel package.

  • Clowney caught his first touchdown pass of the season and the second of his career on Tech's opening drive. With the score on their first offensive play of the game, it marks the first time since the 2000 Gator Bowl that the Hokies have done that. In that game, Michael Vick hit fullback Jarrett Ferguson on a 23-yard touchdown pass on Tech's first play.

  • Darryl Tapp (Jr., Chesapeake, Va.) had a sack, forced fumble, fumble recovery and interception in the first eight minutes of the game. It was the first collegiate interception for the defensive end.

  • Tight end Jeff King (r-Jr., Pulaski, Va.) caught his second touchdown pass of the season and the second in as many games. It was the fourth touchdown catch of his career. The last Tech tight end to catch touchdown passes in consecutive games was Greg Daniels during the 1990 season (West Virginia and Temple).

  • Josh Hyman (r-Fr., Chesapeake, Va.) caught his second touchdown pass of the year in the first half, and the first since the Southern California game.

  • Defensive lineman Kevin Lewis (r-Sr., Richmond, Va.) recorded his first collegiate interception in the second quarter. It led to fullback Jesse Allen's (r-So., Monson, Mass.) first collegiate reception and touchdown - a 9-yard pass. It was Allen's first touch - run or catch - of his collegiate career.

  • On the next drive, Lewis recorded a fumble recovery when Chris Ellis (r-Fr., Hampton, Va.) sacked FAMU quarterback Ben Dougherty and forced the fumble.

  • Bryan Randall (Sr., Williamsburg, Va.) threw four touchdown passes in the first half, marking the first time since 1999 that has happened, when Michael Vick threw four touchdown passes in the first half at Rutgers. Randall's career high is five touchdown tosses at Syracuse in 2002, a three-overtime game. With his four TD passes, Randall moved past Jim Druckenmiller (34, 1993-96) and into third place all-time at Tech in career touchdown passes. He now has 37 for his career.

  • Tech's 48 points in the first half are the most points in a half since the 2002 season opener when Tech scored 56 points in the opening half against Arkansas State. Tech scored 49 points in the first half of a 58-20 win at Rutgers in 1999.

  • Blake Warren (r-Jr., Clifton, Va.) recorded his second interception of the season and the fourth of his career. He returned it 46 yards for his first collegiate touchdown. Tech now has 43 touchdowns via return since 1999 (four this year), second-most in that span behind Miami's 49. Warren becomes the 63rd different player under Beamer to score a touchdown on defense or special teams. Since the start of the 1993 season, Tech is 48-8 in games it scores at least one TD on defense or special teams.

  • Cedric Humes (r-Jr., Virginia Beach, Va.) registered his first collegiate 100-yard rushing game, totaling 120 yards on 17 carries. The 120 yards are the most netted by a Tech runner this year. He also had two touchdowns.

  • The last time Tech didn't have a punt in the game was against William & Mary in 1984.

  • Tech rushed for 310 yards on Saturday against the Rattlers. The last time Tech rushed for 300 or more yards was in 2003 against Syracuse (332 yards).

  • The homecoming queen is Ashley Duscheid (Bethel Park, Pa.). The king is John Emami (Vienna, Va.).

  • Virginia Tech (5-2, 2-1) will have a bye next weekend, marking the second off week of the season for the Hokies. Tech returns to action on Thursday, Oct. 28, playing at Georgia Tech (4-2, 3-2) in a 7:45 p.m., game on the road. The game will be televised by ESPN. Georgia Tech won the lone meeting between the two schools, 6-3, in 1990. The two were scheduled to play in the 2000 BCA Bowl at Blacksburg, but the game was cancelled just seconds before kickoff due to lightning.

  • October 23 will mark the 35th open date for Tech since the start of the 1970 season. The Hokies are 19-15 in games following those open dates, including an 18-11 mark under head coach Frank Beamer, 1-0 this year.

    BLACKSBURG, Va. - Bryan Randall threw for four touchdowns and nine different Hokies scored as Virginia Tech easily dispatched the Florida A&M Rattlers 62-0 on October 16. A sellout crowd of 65,115 braved the 38-mph winds to watch the Hokies improve to 5-2 on the year and the Rattlers drop to 2-5.

    Randall completed 9-of-14 for 115 yards before being lifted late in the second quarter with the Hokies up 41-0. He completed touchdown passes to David Clowney, Jeff King, Josh Hyman and Jesse Allen before taking a seat so that backup quarterback Sean Glennon could get some work. Allen's and Clowney's touchdowns were their first of the season, while Hyman's and King's scores were their second.

    Tailbacks Mike Imoh and Cedric Humes also reached the end zone in the first half with runs of 2 and 3 yards, respectively. Brandon Pace connected on field goals of 44 and 32 yards and converted all six extra-point attempts to give the Hokies a 48-0 halftime lead.

    The defense held up their end of the bargain against FAMU's "Gulf Coast" offense by forcing four turnovers in the first half. Defensive linemen Darryl Tapp and Kevin Lewis each intercepted a pass and recovered a fumble to keep the Rattlers off the scoreboard in the first frame.

    The second half began right where the first half left off. Humes scored on Tech's first possession with a 1-yard run, and Blake Warren intercepted a pass by FAMU quarterback Ben Dougherty and returned it 46 yards for a touchdown to push Tech's lead to 62-0.

    The Rattlers put a nice drive together near the end of the third quarter, going 47 yards in 12 plays, setting up second-and-goal from Tech's 1-yard line. However, the Rattlers were stuffed on the next three plays from the 1-yard line and the Hokies took over on downs.

    The Hokies rushed for 310 yards, led by Humes who gained 120 yards on 17 carries and scored the two touchdowns.

    "We dressed 80 guys and I think we played 80 guys," head coach Frank Beamer said. "That part was good. I thought it was a great win for our program."

    The performance was not all good for the Hokies as penalties negated some big plays. A week after appearing to fix some of those penalty problems with a three-penalty performance against Wake Forest, the Hokies committed eight for 55 yards against the Rattlers. While the yardage did not accumulate to much, a penalty for 12 men on the field negated a 49-yard punt return for a touchdown by Jimmy Williams. A block in the back call also erased a 68-yard touchdown run by Randall.

    The Hokies have next weekend off before traveling to Georgia Tech for an ACC showdown on Thursday, October 28. The game will be televised starting at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN.

    "I do think the rest right now is good for us," Beamer said. "It'll allow us to heal up and rest our minds and see if we can't get ready for Georgia Tech."