Va. Tech's Jones goes for fifth straight 100-yard game

Updated: October 21, 2003, 3:27 PM ET

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- Kevin Jones plans to be around this time with the game on the line against West Virginia.

The Virginia Tech running back watched from the sideline last year as the Mountaineers made two late defensive stands, sending the Hokies to their third straight loss after an 8-0 start. Jones was limited to nine carries after pulling a hamstring the week before.

When No. 3 Virginia Tech (6-0, 2-0 Big East) plays at West Virginia (2-4, 1-1) on Wednesday night, Jones can become the first Hokies player in the modern era to rush for 100 yards in five straight games.

Three others have four straight, including Lee Suggs in 2000.

Wednesday's game is the second of four straight against teams that beat the Hokies last season.

"We've been thinking about that all year, about the teams that knocked us off," Jones said. "We feed off of that because we don't want that to ruin our season."

West Virginia coach Rich Rodriguez might be content with letting Jones get his yards, as long as they're in small increments. The junior is averaging 5.6 yards per carry.

"The reason he scares you is because he takes 4-yard gains and bounces it out or cuts it back and he runs 60 or 70 yards. That's what makes him so explosive," Rodriguez said.

Yet Rodriguez said West Virginia's biggest worry might be Bryan Randall, who has passed for 896 yards and run for another 296.

Then there's Jones' backup, Cedric Humes, who has rushed for 324 yards. And don't overlook DeAngelo Hall, who had a 24-yard TD run and became the first Tech player with two punt returns for touchdowns on Oct. 11 in a 51-7 win over Syracuse.

"He's one of those rare players who can score every time he touches the football," Rodriguez said.

His solution?

"I hope we don't kick to him. That's the best way to defend him," Rodriguez said.

The Mountaineers defended Virginia Tech pretty well down the stretch a year ago, stopping the Hokies on three straight rushes from inside the 1-yard line, the last with 3:51 left. Then, Brian King intercepted Randall's pass into the end zone with 12 seconds left to give West Virginia a 21-18 win.

"I think if I was put in that same position, I'd still try to make a play. I'm not going to play scared," Randall said.

On Nov. 1, Virginia Tech will play at home against No. 2 Miami. The outcome could help decide one of two spots in the national championship game, the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans on Jan. 4.

The Hokies were third behind Oklahoma and Miami on the first Bowl Championship Series standings released Monday.

"We just can't let nobody knock us off right now," Jones said.

To do so, Virginia Tech has to slow down another quality running back after holding Syracuse's Walter Reyes, the nation's top rusher, to 40 yards.

West Virginia's Quincy Wilson, the Big East's fourth-best rusher, ran for a season-high 177 yards and three TDs in a 34-19 win over Rutgers on Oct. 11. His 40 carries were the fourth-highest in school history.

"We're going to ride that horse as long as we can," Rodriguez said.

Jones can only hope to approach that many carries.

"Yeah, I'm a little envious," he said.

If West Virginia loses, it would have to win its remaining five games to become bowl eligible.

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