Hokies Easily Overcome Terrapins, 55-6
By Matthew Spiers
November 19, 2004

Post Game Notes Maryland Terrapins
at #15 Virginia Tech Hokies
Thursday, Nov. 18, 2004
Lane Stadium/Worsham Field - Blacksburg, Va.
  • Defensive end Jordan Trott (r-Jr., Torrance, Calif.) dressed for the first time this season after undergoing off-season back surgery. He ended up playing several snaps late in the game, recording two assisted tackles.

  • James Griffin (Sr., Memphis, Tenn.) intercepted his first pass of the season and the first of his career on the first drive of the game. It led to a 1-yard touchdown score on fourth down by Mike Imoh (Jr., Fairfax, Va.). Tech's score on its opening drive marked the first time in 10 games Maryland has allowed its opponent to score on its first possession of the game.

  • Jared Mazzetta (r-Sr., Flemington, N.J.) picked up his fifth start of the season in a two-tight end set. He caught his first career touchdown pass in the second quarter and finished with a team-high three catches for 34 yards. Tight end Jeff King's (r-Jr., Pulaski, Va.) 35-yard touchdown reception was his third score of the season and the 35 yards is a career-long reception. The last time a Tech tight end had three touchdown receptions in a season was 1990 when Greg Daniels had four.

  • Together, the two tight ends combined for five receptions, marking the second time this season (USC, King 4 rec.; Mazzetta 1 rec.) Tech's tight ends combined to catch five passes.

  • The last time two different Tech tight ends caught touchdown passes in the same game was in 1994 against Arkansas State when Kevin Martin and Bryan Jennings each caught scoring passes. Tonight, King and Mazzetta each had a score.

  • Imoh's two touchdowns tie his new career high. He had two receiving touchdowns at Rutgers last year and two rushing touchdowns last week at North Carolina. He left the game in the first quarter with a strained left hamstring and did not return.

  • Linebacker Xavier Adibi (r-Fr., Hampton, Va.) recorded his first collegiate interception in the first quarter. He finished with two tackles, including one for a loss.

  • Tech's defense forced five Maryland turnovers, leading to 31 Hokie points. The 55 points scored are the most the Terps have allowed in a single game this year and the most by an opponent in the Ralph Friedgen era.

  • With 137 yards passing in the game, quarterback Bryan Randall (Sr., Williamsburg, Va.) now needs just 149 yards to break the school record for career passing yards (6,009; Don Strock; 1970-72). He also is just six touchdown passes away from setting a new school record (47; Maurice DeShazo; 1991-94) for career scoring passes.

  • Jimmy Williams (Jr., Hampton, Va.) recorded his fourth interception of the season in the third quarter and picked up his second career touchdown. He had a score last year at Rutgers. The score marks the 59th touchdown by the defense under head coach Frank Beamer. Tech is now 50-8 since the start of the 1993 season when scoring at least one touchdown on defense or special teams. The score also marks the sixth touchdown this year via return and the 45th since the start of the 1999 season, five behind Miami's 50.

  • Tech's jayvee team is scheduled to host Fork Union on Friday at noon on the practice field.

  • Virginia Tech (8-2, 5-1 ACC) will host the University of Virginia on Saturday, Nov. 27 in its final home game of the season. The game, which will be televised regionally by ABC, will kick off at 1 p.m. Tech leads the series, 43-37-5. Virginia claimed the Commonwealth Cup with a 35-21 win over the Hokies last season at Charlottesville. Virginia (7-2, 4-2) plays at Georgia Tech on Saturday.

    Box Score Blacksburg, Va. - Aided by four first-half Maryland turnovers, the Virginia Tech Hokies scored early and often and rolled to a 55-6 ACC victory over the University of Maryland on Nov. 18 in front of 65,115 fans. The Hokies remained in sole possession of first place in the ACC with the victory, improving to 8-2 overall and 5-1 in the conference. Maryland dropped to 4-6 overall and 2-5 in the ACC, eliminating the Terrapins from bowl contention.

    The Hokies took a comfortable 41-3 lead into the locker room at halftime, leaving little room for drama in the second half. Tech intercepted Terrapin starter Joel Statham twice, reserve Jordan Steffy once, and recovered a fumble by Maryland receiver Derrick Fenner to set up 24 of those first-half points. Hokies James Anderson, Xavier Adibi and James Griffin all intercepted their first career passes.

    After Griffin's interception on Maryland's first possession, tailback Mike Imoh carried the ball five straight times for 29 yards, culminating in a 1-yard plunge to give Tech a 7-0 lead. On Maryland's next possession, Anderson forced Fenner to fumble and Mikal Baaqee recovered. Three plays later, Imoh once again found the end zone on a 6-yard run.

    Maryland cut the lead to 14-3 on a 42-yard field goal by Nick Novak, but the Hokies responded with a 6-play, 53-yard drive, capped by a 35-yard scoring strike from Bryan Randall to tight end Jeff King. The reception was a career-high for King and gave the Hokies a 21-3 lead. Adibi was next up, intercepting Statham at the Maryland 23, and three plays later, Justin Hamilton scored on a 5-yard run on the first play of the second quarter, giving Tech a 28-3 advantage.

    On Tech's next possession, Brandon Pace hit a 27-yard field goal with 5:43 left in the half. Then Randall connected with tight end Jared Mazzetta from 15 yards out with 1:33 left in the half. The touchdown was the first of Mazzetta's career and gave Tech a commanding 38-3 lead. Anderson intercepted Steffy on Maryland's next possession and Pace hit a 34-yard field goal to punctuate the first half.

    Tech's defense did not let up in the second half. The Hokies gave up just a field goal to the Terrapins over the final 30 minutes and contributed even more to the final margin. After a 1-yard touchdown run from Randall gave the Hokies a 48-3 lead with 4:43 remaining in the third quarter, Tech's Jimmy Williams intercepted a pass on Maryland's ensuing possession and returned it 34 yards for a touchdown. The pick was Williams' team-leading fourth of the season and gave Tech a 55-3 advantage.

    Novak added a late field goal with under three minutes remaining in the game to provide the final score.

    Randall ended up passing for 137 yards and the two touchdowns, leaving him 149 yards and six touchdowns shy of becoming Tech's all-time leader in those categories.

    On the other side of the ball, the defense forced five turnovers in the game and held the Terrapins to just 197 yards of total offense.

    Tech has eight days to prepare for the arrival of ACC and intrastate foe UVa on Nov. 27. The Hokies serve as the host to the Hoos in a 1 p.m. kickoff that will be televised regionally on ABC.