Virginia Tech 37, Bowling Green 0

The SportsXchange

BLACKSBURG, Va. -- Virginia Tech put last week's struggles behind in a resounding 37-0 victory over Bowling Green on Saturday at Lane Stadium.

Junior quarterback Logan Thomas passed for 144 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 65 yards and one score, and running back Michael Holmes rushed for 51 yards and a touchdown on four carries to p spark the Hokies' offensive attack.

Virginia Tech (3-1) bounced back from a 35-17 defeat at Pittsburgh last week.

The Hokies' defense also had a bounce-back game. It held the Falcons to 266 yards and recorded its first shutout of the season.

Bowling Green lost its second consecutive game and hasn't beaten a major conference opponent since toppling Pittsburgh in 2008.

Tailback Anthon Samuel of Bowling Green was held to a season-low 32 rushing yards on nine carries and quarterback Matt Schilz completed only 36 percent of his passes for 87 yards and an interception before being replaced by Matt Johnson in the third quarter.

Bowling Green drove inside the Virginia Tech 30-yard line four times, but came away with no points. Kicker Stephen Stein missed a 43-yard field goal attempt in the first quarter, and the Hokies stopped the Falcons three times on fourth down deep in Virginia Tech territory.

As was the case in the first three games, Virginia Tech's offense got off to a slow start, but it got things going in the second quarter and went into the locker room with a 21-0 halftime lead.

Thomas completed only two of his first seven passes, but he found his groove in the second quarter.

Thomas accounted for all three of the Hokies' second quarter touchdowns. He completed a 10-yard touchdown pass to freshman tailback J.C. Coleman and a 42-yard scoring strike to senior wide receiver Dyrell Roberts, before scoring on a one-yard run with 1:10 left in the half.

Holmes gained most of his yardage in the second half. He had a 40-yard run in the third quarter, the longest run by the Hokies this season, and then got into the end zone two plays later on a two-yard run to give Tech a 27-0 lead. Cody Journell missed the extra point.

The Hokies added 10 fourth-quarter points on Journell's 35-yard field goal and senior running back Martin Scales' four-yard touchdown run.

NOTES: Virginia Tech linebacker Tariq Edwards made his season debut in the fourth quarter. He missed the first three games because of a knee injury. ... J.C. Coleman's touchdown was the first of his career. ... Hokies' sophomore Matt Arkema made his first career start at left guard in place of injured David Wang (sprained ankle). ... Kickoff specialist Brooks Abbott became the eighth true freshman to play for the Hokies this season. ... Bowling Green defensive tackle Chris Jones had one sack and two tackles for losses against the Hokies to give him 20 sacks and 35 1/2 tackles for losses in his career.
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