1:00 PM ET, October 19, 2002
Lane Stadium, Blacksburg, VA
BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) -- Virginia Tech Coach Frank Beamer is running out of ways to describe tailbacks Lee Suggs and Kevin Jones, who have yet to give the Hokies any real reason to pass.
"It's a special time,'' coach Frank Beamer said. "We're one of a kind to have two tailbacks like that on the same team.''
Suggs ran for 197 yards and two touchdowns, his 20th straight game with at least one score, as the third-ranked Hokies defeated Rutgers 35-14 Saturday. Jones added 132 yards, including a 58-yard TD run in which he reversed direction from the left sideline and charged into the end zone.
Despite numerous penalties and turnovers, the Hokies (7-0, 2-0 Big East) gained 342 yards rushing. The Scarlet Knights (1-6, 0-3) have lost 10 straight to Virginia Tech.
Hokies quarterback Bryan Randall was 11-for-15 passing for 131 yards, and he hit Ernest Wilford for a 16-yard TD in the first quarter.
"This was the best game of my life,'' said Wilford, who finished with 99 yards. "If (opponents) sit there and concentrate on Lee Suggs and KJ ... then we're going to punish them.''
Rutgers' Ryan Cubit was 17-for-32 passing for 222 yards, hitting key passes on third down and scoring two touchdowns. But the Hokies tormented him in the backfield, sacking him eight times.
"You're going to take shots against that type of defense,'' Cubit said. "We weren't scared of anything.''
After going up 21-0 in the first quarter, Tech had trouble putting Rutgers away. The Hokies turned the ball over three times and were penalized seven times for 61 yards.
"Maybe this game was good for us,'' Beamer said. "We had three turnovers inside of our own 50, and you don't do that.''
Rutgers kept the game close with a mix of fakes, reverses and quarterback draws, capitalizing on the Hokies turnovers for their two scores.
On fourth-and-11 on the Hokies 25, the Scarlet Knights faked a field goal and Sean Carty ran 12 yards for a first down to set up Rutgers' first score.
"The fake field goal we've been working on all year,'' said Rutgers coach Greg Schiano. "The opportunity arose and we used it.''
Brandon Haw intercepted a bobbled catch by Wilford in the second quarter and returned it 11 yards to set up a 12-yard TD pass by Cubit. It was the first TD given up by Tech's defense in the first half this season.
Rutgers also recovered a fumbled pitch by Suggs in the third quarter that led to a 31-yard touchdown catch by Markis Facyson to make it 28-14.
The fumble was only the second in Suggs' carrier and the first in 401 carries. Suggs hadn't dropped a ball since his freshman year in 1999, which also came against the Scarlet Knights.
"It was bound to happen sometime,'' Suggs said. "I didn't know he was going to pitch it to me.''
The Hokies went scoreless in the third quarter, and Rutgers trailed 28-14 with one quarter to play.
"We thought we were going to cruise, keep scoring touchdowns, and have the second stringers in by halftime,'' Suggs said. "They made a battle out of it.''
In the fourth quarter, DeAngelo Hall ran a punt 51 yards for the Hokies' final touchdown.
The Hokies scored three TDs in the first quarter, starting with Suggs' 3 yard run. Randall then hit a wide-open Wilford for a 16-yard score. Suggs zigzagged 42 yards between defenders into the end zone to make it 21-0.
In the second quarter, Jones ran to the left sideline ran into a crowd of Scarlet Knights, reversed direction, then ran 58 yards behind Randall for a touchdown.