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The Virginia Tech defense recorded its first shutout since 2012 and quarterback Jerod Evans tied a school record with five touchdown passes, as the Hokies blanked Boston College 49-0 this past Saturday at Lane Stadium in the Hokies’ ACC opener.
The shutout marked the first by Tech since it beat Bowling Green 37-0 in 2012. It marked the Hokies’ first shutout of an ACC foe since 2011 when they won 38-0 at Virginia. The shutout marked Tech’s first ACC shutout at home since it won 17-0 over UVA in 2006. Tech’s defense held BC to 124 yards and Evans completed 16 of 23 for 253 yards, with one interception. The five touchdown passes tied Bryan Randall’s mark, which he set in a triple-overtime loss at Syracuse in 2002. Isaiah Ford and the Hokies now gear up for Homecoming against East Carolina this Saturday at 12:30. Tech has lost two straight to the Pirates.
Kevin Jones was one of six people inducted into the Virginia Tech Sports Hall of Fame this past Friday evening – a group that included other football standouts DeAngelo Hall and Ashley Lee, track star Spyridon Jullien, women’s hoops great Kerri Gardin and former athletics director Jim Weaver. Jones, who played from 2001-03, still ranks second on Tech’s career rushing list with 3,475 yards, and in 2003, he set the Tech single-season mark with 1,647 yards – a record that lasted six years until Ryan Williams broke it in 2009. Jones took time to chat with radio color analyst Mike Burnop in this exclusive interview.
Former Virginia Tech track star Kristi Castlin was recognized this past Saturday during the first quarter of the Hokies’ football game against BC for winning the bronze medal in the 100-meter hurdles at the recently concluded Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Castlin became just the second Tech athlete to win an Olympic medal (Bimbo Coles, 1988) and the first female to do so. She was part of an American sweep of the top three spots in the event. Castlin graduated with honors from Tech in 2010 and earned seven All-America honors in her career – the most by a Tech female athlete.
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Jerod Evans tied a school record with five touchdown passes to lead the Hokies to a 49-0 win over Boston College on Saturday in what was the Hokies’ ACC opener. He completed 16 of 23 for 253 yards, with one interception and his five touchdown tosses equaled a record set by former Tech quarterback Bryan Randall in a triple-overtime loss at Syracuse in 2002.
The No. 23 Virginia Tech men’s soccer team moved to 6-1 on the season with a 3-0 shutout of NC State this past Friday at Thompson Field. Marcelo Acuna, Som Essome, and Ryan Marcano scored the goals and goalkeeper Ben Lundgaard notched Tech’s fifth shutout this season. Acuna’s goal marked his fifth of the season, which ranks tied for second in the ACC. His 31 shots leads the league. The Hokies return to non-conference action this evening with a road game at Delaware, which starts at 7. On Friday, when the Hokies return home to play Clemson at Thompson Field at 6 p.m., it will be “Ode to the Gobbler” night with Fighting Gobbler sock giveaways, special photo opportunities and chances to win prizes.
Virginia Tech runners Shannon Morton and Peter Seufer recorded the top times in the Virginia Tech women’s and men’s races at the Alumni Invite held this past Friday at the Buford Meredith Cross Country Course on Tech’s campus. Morton won in cross country for the first time in her career, running the 6k course in a time of 21:31.60 and beating teammate Katie Kennedy by nearly four seconds. Seufer ran the 8k course unattached and beat a 112-runner field with a time of 24:51.80. Teammate Andrew Gaiser finished second, just two-tenths behind Seufer. Both Tech squads won the team competition and now both take two weeks off before heading to Louisville for the Greater Louisville Classic on Oct. 1.
Freshman Sarit Suwannarut finished tied for third in the individual race, lifting the Hokies to a second-place finish as a team at the season-opening Marshall Invitational played last week at Berry Hill Country Club in Charleston, West Virginia. Suwannarut’s 5-under-par was two shots behind medalist Erik Lindwall of Eastern Kentucky. Tech’s Mark Lawrence finished tied for fifth at 3-under-par and Drew Johnson came in 14th at 1-over-par. Tech continues its fall season at the VCU Shootout held at the Country Club of Virginia in Richmond, with the second round being played today.
The Virginia Tech volleyball team went 1-1 in home games over the weekend, beating Radford 3-1 and falling to Ohio 3-2 to conclude its non-conference schedule. Against the Highlanders, the Hokies won the first two sets and then finished Radford in the fourth. Carol Raffety led the Hokies with 27 digs and Jalia Tolbert recorded a team-best 12 kills. Both Lindsey Owens and Amanda McKinzie had double-doubles in both games for Tech. The Hokies open ACC play this Friday with a home game against Clemson. The contest starts at 7 p.m.
For this “Parting Shot,” how about a shot of Chuck Clark parting the ball from Boston College’s Michael Walker on the Eagles’ first possession of the game? Tech scored its first touchdown off the turnover and rolled to a 49-0 shutout in its ACC opener. It’s Homecoming in Blacksburg Saturday as the 2-1 Hokies play host to East Carolina at 12:30 p.m., in Lane Stadium.