BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) -- Virginia Tech's new starting backfield is
off to a good start.
Sean Glennon threw three touchdown passes and Brandon Ore scored
twice as No. 17 Virginia Tech defeated Division I-AA Northeastern
38-0 on Saturday.
Glennon, the sophomore who won the job that opened after Marcus
Vick was dismissed from the team, was 15-for-18 for 222 yards. But
he focused mostly on his one big mistake, an interception thrown on
a screen pass to Josh Morgan, who was covered.
"I tried to make a play out of nothing and should have probably
thrown it out of bounds," Glennon said. "Sometimes you try to do
Glennon's touchdown passes went for 54, 55 and 6 yards.
"We were comfortable with him," said Ore, another sophomore.
Ore created some comfort for the Hokies, too, turning a swing
pass into the 55-yard scoring play and adding a 6-yard TD run. He
rushed for 54 yards.
"You can get a little screen pass going, get him in space, and
all of a sudden it's a touchdown. I think that's what he gives
you," coach Frank Beamer said.
Northeastern managed only 207 total yards. The highlight for the
Huskies came in the third quarter, when they denied Ore the yard he
needed for a first down on consecutive carries inside their 30 and
took over the ball on downs.
Six plays later, however, they punted the ball back.
"There were a lot of things out there they did to confuse me,
moving guys around," Huskies quarterback Anthony Orio said. He
finished 13 for 24 for 103 yards with two interceptions.
The Hokies scored the first three times they had the ball.
Ore capped the first drive with a 6-yard run in the first
quarter. Four plays later, cornerback Brandon Flowers intercepted
Orio, and Glennon found a wide-open Morgan downfield for a 54-yard
touchdown on the next play.
With 3:29 left in the quarter, the Hokies' Cary Wade blocked a
punt and Kam Chancellor recovered at the Huskies' 12. George Bell
scored from the 1 moments later to make it 21-0.
The block marked the 109th time in 228 games under Beamer that
the Hokies have blocked a kick, and was the 55th punt block. In the
final minute, the Hokies' Kory Robertson made it 110 kicks,
blocking a 42-yard field goal try to preserve the shutout.
It marked the 12th consecutive season the Hokies have had at
least one shutout, and their 22nd since the start of the 1995
Virginia Tech's offense stalled for most of the second quarter
until the Huskies downed a punt at the Hokies' 3 with just over
three minutes left. It took just six plays for Glennon to cover the
97 yards, with Ore going 55 yards with a TD catch.
The victory could prove costly for the Hokies.
Left tackle Brandon Frye sprained his right elbow and flanker
Eddie Royal sprained his big toe. It was not immediately known what
their status would be for next Saturday at North Carolina, although
Beamer guessed that Frye could miss a few weeks.
Glen Weatherford caught a 6-yard TD pass from Glennon in the
third quarter, and Brandon Pace added a 30-yard field goal in the
Top 25 Overview
It was over when... Virginia Tech's one-two punch of Brandon Ore and Sean Glennon got to Northeastern early and often.
Gameball goes to... Marcus Vick who? Glennon went 15-for-18, passing for 222 yards and three touchdowns in the win.
Stat of the game... 2.7: The Hokies held Northeastern to just 2.7 yards per carry. That stat might improve against Va. Tech's next two opponenents -- UNC and Duke.