BLACKSBURG, Va. — No. 13 Virginia Tech used a dominating defensive performance to dispatch visiting Old Dominion 38-0 on Saturday at Lane Stadium. The Hokies (4-0) outgained the Monarchs 583-149 in securing their second shutout in their last three games. ODU (2-2) was held scoreless for the first time since a 49-0 loss to Appalachian State in 2005. Despite throwing his first career interception, Hokies freshman quarterback Josh Jackson had another stellar start, passing for 298 yards and three touchdowns and rushing for 29 yards. He completed 20 of 30 passes. Tech junior running back Steven Peoples had a career day with 135 total yards (73 receiving) and three touchdowns. The Hokies’ defensive dominance spoiled a historic first start for ODU freshman quarterback Steven Williams Jr. At 17, Williams became the second-youngest starting quarterback in the history of the Football Bowl Subdivision, behind only David Walker of Texas A&M in 1973. Williams passed for 85 yards on 8-of-26 passing, and he rushed six times for 24 yards. He couldn’t provide much of a spark against Tech’s defense, which held the Monarchs to seven first downs. The last time Tech held multiple opponents scoreless in the same season was 2006 when it notched four. The Hokies struggled to find an offensive rhythm in the first half, but they still took a 17-0 lead into the intermission. Joey Slye’s 31-yard first-quarter field goal provided Tech’s only points until 6:07 remaining in the second quarter. That was when Peoples caught a screen pass from Jackson and took it 17 yards for a touchdown. Peoples scored his second touchdown right before the end of the quarter on a 1-yard run. Tech broke open the game in the third quarter. Peoples caught a deflected pass from Jackson in the end zone for a 43-yard touchdown, and wide receiver C.J. Carroll caught his first career scoring reception from 5 yards out a short time later to make it 31-0. Hokies running back Deshawn McClease scored on a 5-yard run early in the fourth quarter to push the lead to 38-0. NOTES: Virginia Tech WR Cam Phillips has caught at least one pass in 31 straight games, breaking the school record set by Isaiah Ford last season. … ODU fell to 0-9 all-time against Power 5 opponents. … Hokies PK Joey Slye missed a 27-yard field goal in the first quarter, his first career miss inside the 30-yard line. He was 27-for-27 for his career before the miss. … ODU’s Steven Williams was the first opposing quarterback to make his first career start at Lane Stadium since Temple’s Devin Scott in 1998. … Former Virginia Tech quarterback Michael Vick was inducted into the school’s sports Hall of Fame on Friday. … Virginia Tech QB Josh Jackson threw his first career interception on his 100th pass of the season. … Virginia Tech hosts No. 2 Clemson next Saturday. ODU returns to action at home against Florida Atlantic on October 7.
NASHVILLE — Top-seeded Alabama generally wins football games because it’s bigger, stronger, faster and more prepared than its opponents. Those, and a phenomenal rushing attack, were the reasons the Crimson Tide went to Vanderbilt Stadium and pounded the Commodores 59-0 on Saturday afternoon. Running back Damien Harris rushed for 151 yards and three touchdowns as the Crimson Tide lit up the nation’s No. 1 defense for 677 yards while holding the Commodores to just 78. Fresh off an upset of then-No. 18 Kansas State last week, the Commodores were overmatched from the beginning. Vanderbilt had more penalties (five) than first downs (three). Leading by 31 points at halftime, the Crimson Tide went for the throat in the third quarter. Harris scored his third touchdown on a 2-yard run and true freshman backup quarterback Tua Tagovailoa threw a pair of third-quarter touchdown passes to make it 52-0. After an first-quarter exchange of punts, Alabama took over in Vanderbilt territory and running back Bo Scarbrough dashed around left tackle for a 6-yard touchdown run, the point-after putting the Crimson Tide up 7-0. After another Vandy punt, Damien Harris dashed 61 yards through the left side of the defense on the drive’s second play, with kicker Andy Pappanastos’s PAT giving the Tide a 14-0 advantage. On the Commodores’ next offensive snap, Khari Blasingame coughed it up and Alabama defense end Da’Shawn Hand recovered at the Vandy 26. On a third-and-goal play from the 2 and the Crimson Tide in a jumbo formation, Harris easily dove in from 2 yards out to make it 21-0 with 42 seconds left in the first quarter. Scarbrough added his second touchdown of the first half when he dashed over on a third-and-goal play from the 2-yard line with 9:09 left in the first half. Pappanastos added a 22-yard field goal with 1:18 left in the second quarter. Alabama had a 323-49 edge in total offense at the break, and had 19 first downs to Vanderbilt’s two. NOTES: Vanderbilt was without a pair of veteran reserve cornerbacks on Saturday. Taurean Ferguson missed his fourth straight game with what’s been termed an indefinite suspension, and Bryce Lewis was not dressed due to an undisclosed injury. … The Commodores had given up 13 total points in three games, but allowed 21 in the first quarter on Saturday. … Alabama S Ronnie Harrison had a first-quarter interception on a ball off the hands of Vandy TE Jared Pinkney. It was the first interception that Commodores QB Kyle Shurmur had thrown this season.
Written by UPI sports writers Danny Aller and Nathan Warters on behalf of The Sports Xchange
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