(5) Virginia Tech 30

(5-0, 2-0 away)

W Michigan 0

(1-3, 1-1 home)

12:00 PM ET, September 28, 2002

Waldo Stadium, Kalamazoo, MI

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#5VT 0 16 7 730
WMU 0 0 0 00

Suggs provides some offense, defense does the rest

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) -- Virginia Tech's best attributes -- its tailbacks and its defense -- were again on display Saturday against Western Michigan.

Lee Suggs

Lee Suggs set a Big East record with his 40th career touchdown on Saturday.

Lee Suggs and Kevin Jones each ran for a touchdown, and Suggs added a touchdown receiving as the fifth-ranked Hokies overcame a slow start to beat the Broncos 30-0.

Virginia Tech (5-0) allowed just 35 yards rushing, and the defense scored a touchdown when linebacker Alex Markogiannakis, a senior making his first start, recovered a fumble and ran for the score.

The Hokies entered the game with the nation's second-ranked rushing defense and fourth-best scoring defense, and Western Michigan (1-3) had minus-4 yards rushing in the second half.

"We tried to take our shots down the field,'' said Broncos quarterback Jon Drach, who passed for 210 yards. "Their defense did a great job all day.''

Suggs' second touchdown was the 40th of his career, setting a Big East record. All but two have come on the ground.

The Hokies' Bryan Randall completed 13 of 19 passes, with one touchdown and two interceptions.

Neither team scored in the first quarter, and Western Michigan stayed close for most of the first half as the Hokies struggled to get their offense going.

The Broncos trailed only 3-0 late in the second quarter when Virginia Tech broke the game open by scoring two touchdowns in a 20-second span, beginning with about 1½ minutes left before halftime.

On first-and-10 from the Broncos' 28, Randall tossed a shuffle pass to Suggs, who took off around the left side and down the sideline for the touchdown. On the first play after the kickoff, Nathaniel Adibi stripped the ball out of Drach's hands as the quarterback scrambled to find an open receiver. Markogiannakis recovered the fumble and ran 33 yards down the left side for a TD and a 16-0 lead.

Virginia Tech kept the momentum in the second half. Its first drive of the third quarter ended with Suggs running up the middle for a 5-yard touchdown.

"We had to open things up a little bit,'' Tech coach Frank Beamer said of the second half. "The game was really being played close to the line.''

"You never think about things like that when you start playing the game,'' Suggs said of the record. "It's a once-in-a-lifetime thing. It's a blessing.''

The Hokies blocked their second field goal of the season when Jeff King stopped a 37-yard try by Broncos kicker Anthony Apa Jr. with about 10 minutes left in the first half. A low snap led to the block. Apa also came up short on a 49-yard attempt 2½ minutes before halftime.

Virginia Tech's Jon Mollerup opened the scoring with a 37-yard field goal -- his first career attempt -- 42 seconds into the second quarter. Mollerup was filling in for Carter Warley, who was experiencing back pains.