Jones' big day leads Hokies past Owls
By Jimmy Robertson
November 10, 2001

Tech tailback Kevin Jones, making his first career start, rushed for 155 yards and two touchdowns as the Hokies snapped a two-game losing streak by beating the Temple Owls 35-0 in front of 21,915 fans at Veterans Stadium in Philadelphia.

Jones, the freshman from Chester, Pa., scored on touchdown runs of 11 and 87 yards. His performance marked the most yards rushing by a true freshman since Jon Jeffries ran for 165 in the final game of the 1987 season. And his 87-yard run is the fourth-longest run in Tech history.

Tech (7-2, 4-2 in the BIG EAST) also got a solid game from quarterback Grant Noel, who completed 11-of-15 for 134 yards and two touchdowns, with one interception. Noel threw touchdown passes of 41 yards to André Davis and 34 yards to Ernest Wilford - his first career touchdown.

As an offense, Tech finished with 359 total yards, including 225 on the ground. Tech's other score came on a 1-yard run by fullback Jarrett Ferguson.

Tech's defense also reverted to form. The Hokies held Temple 60 yards rushing in recording their fourth shutout of the season. The four shutouts this season marks a BIG EAST record and the most recorded by a Tech team since the 1983 season.

The Hokies step out of conference next weekend when they travel to Charlottesville to take on rival Virginia. Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m.