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