Upon Further Review, Imoh Gets Record
Seven-yard carry by Imoh inadvertently given to Hamilton
November 7, 2004

A day after Saturday's football game between Virginia Tech and North Carolina, it has been determined that a 7-yard carry by Mike Imoh in the second quarter was inadvertently given to Justin Hamilton. With the change, Imoh is now officially credited 243 yards in the contest, giving him the Virginia Tech single-game rushing record previously set by Kevin Jones last year at Pittsburgh.

On Tech's final drive of the second quarter, following Jimmy Williams' interception, Hamilton began the series with a 4-yard run to the UNC 20-yard line. At that point, Imoh was inserted into the game and ran for 7 yards on second down to the 13-yard line for a first down. The carry was inadvertently given to Hamilton and not discovered until Sunday morning. A review of game film on Sunday confirmed that Imoh, not Hamilton, was the ball carrier on the second play of the series as listed in the play-by-play. Under NCAA guidelines, the change was agreed upon and made through officials at the University of North Carolina.

"God has blessed me a lot," Imoh said Sunday. "It feels good to get that record, but I'm more happy about the win. This record is a testament to how hard the offensive line worked and how hard the coaching staff worked. This record belongs to all of us because I didn't do this alone. I also want to give a special thanks to the people who discovered the mistake and made the effort to make the change. They didn't have to do that and without them, this wouldn't have happened."

Imoh left Kenan Stadium Saturday with 31 carries for 236 yards, but now officially finished with a career-high 32 carries for 243 yards. The 243 yards break Jones' record of 241 yards set in a loss at Pittsburgh in 2003.

For the season, Imoh, a junior from Fairfax, Va., now has 135 carries for 651 net yards.