BLACKSBURG, Va. – Bryan Randall threw for four touchdowns and nine different Hokies scored as Virginia Tech easily dispatched the Florida A&M Rattlers 62-0 on October 16. A sellout crowd of 65,115 braved the 38-mph winds to watch the Hokies improve to 5-2 on the year and the Rattlers drop to 2-5.
Randall completed 9-of-14 for 115 yards before being lifted late in the second quarter with the Hokies up 41-0. He completed touchdown passes to David Clowney, Jeff King, Josh Hyman and Jesse Allen before taking a seat so that backup quarterback Sean Glennon could get some work. Allen's and Clowney's touchdowns were their first of the season, while Hyman's and King's scores were their second.
Tailbacks Mike Imoh and Cedric Humes also reached the end zone in the first half with runs of 2 and 3 yards, respectively. Brandon Pace connected on field goals of 44 and 32 yards and converted all six extra-point attempts to give the Hokies a 48-0 halftime lead.
The defense held up their end of the bargain against FAMU's "Gulf Coast" offense by forcing four turnovers in the first half. Defensive linemen Darryl Tapp and Kevin Lewis each intercepted a pass and recovered a fumble to keep the Rattlers off the scoreboard in the first frame.
The second half began right where the first half left off. Humes scored on Tech's first possession with a 1-yard run, and Blake Warren intercepted a pass by FAMU quarterback Ben Dougherty and returned it 46 yards for a touchdown to push Tech's lead to 62-0.
The Rattlers put a nice drive together near the end of the third quarter, going 47 yards in 12 plays, setting up second-and-goal from Tech's 1-yard line. However, the Rattlers were stuffed on the next three plays from the 1-yard line and the Hokies took over on downs.
The Hokies rushed for 310 yards, led by Humes who gained 120 yards on 17 carries and scored the two touchdowns.
"We dressed 80 guys and I think we played 80 guys," head coach Frank Beamer said. "That part was good. I thought it was a great win for our program."
The performance was not all good for the Hokies as penalties negated some big plays. A week after appearing to fix some of those penalty problems with a three-penalty performance against Wake Forest, the Hokies committed eight for 55 yards against the Rattlers. While the yardage did not accumulate to too much, a penalty for 12 men on the field negated a 49-yard punt return for a touchdown by Jimmy Williams. A block in the back call also erased a 68-yard touchdown run by Randall.
The Hokies have next weekend off before traveling to Georgia Tech for an ACC showdown on Thursday, October 28. The game will be televised starting at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN.
"I do think the rest right now is good for us," Beamer said. "It'll allow us to heal up and rest our minds and see if we can't get ready for Georgia Tech."