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Virginia Tech's defense dominates in big win over Purdue

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Ahmad Brooks: Virginia Tech's defense 'strangled' Purdue's offense (0:34)

ESPN college football analyst Ahmad Brooks assesses Virginia Tech's 51-24 victory over Purdue. (0:34)

Brenden Motley continued to manage the offense in his first road start in place of Michael Brewer, throwing for 220 yards and accounting for three touchdowns in Virginia Tech's 51-24 win over Purdue. Motley did a solid job of keeping the offense moving, while the Hokies’ D was dominant. Thirteen of Purdue’s 16 drives ended in a turnover, three-and-out or turnover on downs.

What the win means for Virginia Tech: Every win without Brewer feels like a big one for the Hokies, who will continue to rely on Motley for at least another few weeks. Virginia Tech was a heavy favorite in this game, and they showed why, dominating on both sides of the ball. There were some issues that need to be addressed -- particularly a hefty total of penalties -- and Motley still looks uncomfortable as a passer at times, but overall this was a strong performance.

What the loss means for Purdue: The Boilermakers hoped to steal a nonconference win, but that didn’t happen. They’ve now lost both of their games against FBS foes, and the offense looks like it’s going to need to get a lot better if a bowl game is to be in the cards. QB Austin Appleby completed just 9 of 28 passes, and the Boilermakers were outgained by the Hokies 471-265.

Play of the game: Just your typical reverse to the fullback, followed by a pass to the quarterback. Motley pitched to J.C. Coleman, who pitched to fullback Sam Rogers, who threw it downfield to Motley, who rumbled ahead to the 1-yard line. Coleman found the end zone one play later, giving the Hokies a 34-17 lead that effectively put the game out of reach.

Stat of the game: Virginia Tech had a touchdown in all three phases of the game against Purdue, scoring on a 20-yard fumble return by Chuck Clark in the first quarter and a blocked punt in the third to accompany a strong offensive performance. It’s the first time the Hokies have turned the hat trick since 2007.