Jayvees Defeat Fork Union 17-14
Hokies score in final two minutes for victory
October 4, 2002

BLACKSBURG, Va. - Lance Goff tossed a 31-yard touchdown pass to John Thibodeau (r-Fr., Springfield, Va.) with 1:21 remaining to give the Virginia Tech jayvee football team a hard-fought 17-14 victory over Fork Union Military Academy at Lane Stadium/Worsham Field on Friday.

Goff, a redshirt sophomore from Wytheville, Va., played a number of positions during the game, including receiver, defensive back, punter and place-kicker. He came in for several plays at quarterback during the Hokies' game-winning 80-yard drive, completing a crucial 12-yard pass to starting quarterback Will Hunt on a fourth-and-eight play. Goff also took a pitch from Hunt and completed a 26-yard flanker pass to redshirt junior Chris Shreve (Mouth of Wilson, Va.) to help get the drive going.

The Hokies came up with 69 yards in the air during the final drive after managing just minus-two yards passing during the first three quarters of play. Tech's running game, on the other hand, produced 327 yards with Hunt and true freshman tailback Mike Imoh (Fairfax, Va.) both rushing for over 100 yards.

Tech (1-0) took a 3-0 lead on a 37-yard field goal by Goff and made it stand up until a fumble late in the second quarter gave Fork Union an opening. The Blue Devils capitalized quickly with quarterback Brett Weyman connecting on a 41-yard touchdown pass to Joshua Riske with just 27 seconds left in the half.

FUMA's 7-3 halftime lead didn't hold up long as Hunt, a redshirt freshman from Springdale, Ark., faked a hand-off and rolled around right end for an 80-yard touchdown run on the first play of the second half. Goff's extra-point put the Hokies ahead 10-7.

Fork Union (4-2) regained the lead after Blue Devil defender Kareem Taylor scooped up the second of three Tech fumbles and raced 24 yards to the Hokie 2-yard line. Running back Jeremy Sellers scored from 1 yard out and Michael Torres added his second extra-point kick at the 4:21 mark of the fourth quarter.

Imoh was a workhorse for the Tech offense, carrying the football 31 times for 164 yards. Hunt added 118 yards on nine carries, while fullback Steve Canter (r-Jr., Virginia Beach, Va.) gained 25 yards on five rushes. Goff was 3-for-4 passing for 69 yards, kicked two extra points and a field goal, contributed three tackles and punted twice for a 49-yard average.

Tech's defense held the Blue Devils to 50 yards on the ground and 127 yards overall. Redshirt freshman lineman Chris Pannell (Staunton, Va.) contributed eight tackles, including a quarterback sack and another tackle for loss, and also recovered a fumble. Defensive backs Kofi Boateng (So., Knoxville, Tenn.) and Brian Smithen (Fr., Woodbridge, Va.) added six and five tackles, respectively.