Hokies' late score, goal line stand lead to victory over Wake
By Jimmy Robertson
October 9, 2004

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Mike Imoh's 7-yard touchdown run with 2:10 left in the game and the Hokies' goal line stand in the final seconds enabled Virginia Tech to escape with a 17-10 victory over Wake Forest in front of 32,433 fans at Groves Stadium in Winston-Salem, N.C.

The win enabled the Hokies to improve to 4-2 overall and 2-1 in the ACC. Wake Forest fell to 3-3, 0-3 in the league.

"I knew this would be a 60-minute game," Tech head coach Frank Beamer said. "These guys [Wake Forest] are solid and they're well-coached. I never once thought it would be anything other than what it was."

The Hokies led the game 10-7 going into the fourth quarter, but Wake Forest kicker Ryan Plackemeier tied the game with a 20-yard field goal with 6:15 left in the game.

After that, Tech's offense put together its best drive of the second half, led by quarterback Bryan Randall. The senior hit tight end Jeff King for a 24-yard gain to the Tech 48. He then ran the ball on three of the Hokies' next five plays, getting Tech to the Wake Forest 11 on a 21-yard run off a quarterback draw.

Imoh ran for four yards on the next play, and then scored to end the drive. His 7-yard touchdown run pushed him to the 100-yard mark for the game.

"At the end, when we really needed it, our offense took the ball and drove it down the field," Beamer said. "Bryan Randall made a couple of plays and Jeff King made a play. Mike Imoh made the run. Players made plays. That was a big statement for this football team."

Wake Forest tried to rally after that. Wake Forest quarterback Cory Randolph completed 5-of-10 on the final drive for 55 yards, and his quarterback draw netted seven yards, getting Wake Forest to the Tech 5. That run, though, forced Wake to burn its final timeout with 21 seconds left.

Randolph went for the end zone with his next two passes. One was broken up by Tech's Jimmy Williams and then another glanced off the fingertips of receiver Jason Anderson. On the final play of the game, Randolph tried to find Anderson on a receiver screen, but Tech rover Mike Daniels read the play and made perfect contact as the ball arrived.

The ball fell incomplete and the Hokies escaped.

"When it counted our defense made a couple of plays and kept the ball out of the end zone," Beamer said. "This was a great win for us over a great football and hopefully a win like this will set us off and give us some momentum. We're doing what we have to do to win and I'm proud of this coaching staff and proud of this football team."

The Hokies rushed for 210 yards in the game, led by Imoh's 100 and Justin Hamilton's 58 yards on eight carries. Randall rushed for 46 yards rushing and completed an efficient 12-of-18 for 119 yards and a touchdown. The senior from Williamsburg, Va., completed passes to nine different receivers.

Randolph completed 14-of-24 for 180 yards for the Demon Deacons. Wake Forest Chris Barclay rushed for 84 yards on 19 carries to lead the way.

The Hokies return home for their next game. Tech faces Florida A&M next Saturday in a non-conference game that also serves as Homecoming. Kickoff is slated for 1 p.m.