BLACKSBURG, Va. -- Quarterback Tyrod Taylor rushed for 127 yards and two touchdowns and threw for another score to lead Virginia Tech past Central Michigan 45-21 on Saturday.
The Hokies (4-2), who have won four straight since losing their first two games, scored 38 unanswered points after the Chippewas (2-4) scored on the game's opening possession.
Taylor, who broke Bryan Randall's school record with his 27th win as a starting quarterback, scored on a 72-yard run on Virginia Tech's second play from scrimmage. The Hokies took the lead early in the second quarter, finishing a 67-yard drive with Darren Evans' 6-yard touchdown run.
Evans' score was the first of three straight scoring drives in the second quarter by Virginia Tech.
A 30-yard field goal by Chris Hazley gave the Hokies a 17-7 lead, and then Taylor connected with tight end Andre Smith for a 7-yard score with 7 minutes left in the first half.
Virginia Tech put the game away in the second half by scoring two touchdowns in a 3:01 span bridging the third and fourth quarters.
Taylor scored on a 15-yard run with 2:16 to go in the third quarter and David Wilson scored on a 68-yard run with 14:15 left in the game for a 38-7 Hokies lead.
Taylor led Virginia Tech with 288 yards of total offense. He rushed for 127 yards on nine carries was 13-for-23 for 161 yards and the touchdown.
The game marked Taylor's sixth 100-yard rushing performance of his career, tying the school record for 100-yard rushing games by a quarterback previously held by Bob Schweickert in 1962-64.
Central Michigan scored all of its touchdowns on passes by quarterback Ryan Radcliff. He hit Jerry Harris on a 23-yard score on the first drive of the game and then connected with Harris for an 8-yard score with 10:45 remaining. Radcliff's final touchdown pass came on a 19-yarder to Kito Poblah with 1:22 remaining.
Radcliff was 21-for-48 for 266 yards and three touchdowns, with one interception. Paris Cotton rushed for 105 yards on 21 carries.
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