Harris Rushes for 241 Yards But Deacs Fall to Hokies 52-21
Oct. 16, 2010
BLACKSBURG, Va. - Josh Harris rushed for 241 yards, the most for any Wake player since 2005, and two touchdowns, but the Virginia Tech offense proved to be too much as the Hokies defeated Wake Forest 52-21 at Lane Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
The Deacons fall to 2-5 (1-3 ACC) on the season while the Hokies improve to 5-2 (3-0 ACC).
Harris' 241-yard performance was the most for a Demon Deacon since Micah Andrews rushed for 254 yards against Vanderbilt in 2005, the second-most for a Wake Forest freshman all-time and is tied for the fifth-highest single-game rushing performance in the FBS this season. It is also the most rushing yards that Virginia Tech has ever allowed to an individual player. His 87-yard touchdown run was tied for the third-longest run in school history.
Chris Givens caught two passes for 84 yards and a touchdown, and his 78-yard touchdown reception in the third quarter was his second-longest catch of the season.
Tanner Price completed 3-of-16 passes for 92 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions.
Kevin Johnson, Cyhl Quarles, and Alex Frye led all players with nine tackles, a career-high mark for both Johnson and Quarles. Kyle Jarrett also made a career-high eight tackles. The Deacons did hold the Hokies to three points in the second half, the fewest points they have allowed in a half since shutting out Elon in the second half in 2009.
Virginia Tech put up 605 yards of total offense, the most for a Wake opponent since 2000. Tyrod Taylor completed 19-of-27 passes for 292 yards and three touchdowns. Dyrell Roberts and Danny Coale both had 100+ yard receiving days for the Hokies while Darren Evans rushed for 52 yards and three touchdowns.
Jayron Hosely gave the Hokies good field position early in the first quarter when he returned a punt 58 yards to the Wake Forest 9-yard line. Virginia Tech capitalized three plays later as Taylor found Logan Thomas on 2-yard fade to the end zone to put the Hokies ahead 7-0.
Darren Evans scored on a five-yard rush to give Virginia Tech a 14-0 lead midway through the first quarter. Earlier in the sequence, Taylor found Roberts for 23 yards on third down to keep the drive alive, and Evans followed with a 17-yard rush to bring the Hokies deep into Deacon territory.
Harris pulled a score back for the Deacs, breaking free of the defense for a 33-yard touchdown run to make the score 14-7 in favor of Virginia Tech. Harris did most of the work himself on the drive, also breaking a 37-yard rush to take the ball into Hokie territory.
Virginia Tech drove 81 yards for a touchdown as the first quarter ticked down to extend its lead to 21-7. The Hokies picked up a third and long in their own territory, before Taylor scrambled around and found an open Coale for a 25-yard touchdown pass to cap off the drive.
The Hokies struck again early in the second quarter, driving 72 yards in six plays to make the score 28-7. Taylor threw complete to Roberts for 42 yards, bringing the ball into the end zone, and Evans finished the sequence with an 8-yard touchdown run.
Harris answered right back for the Deacs, breaking an 87-yard touchdown run, tied for the third-longest rush in school history, on the first play of the following possession to pull within two touchdowns at 28-14.
Virginia Tech followed with another touchdown drive, going 83 yards in six plays. David Wilson had a 33-yard rush in the drive and Taylor took the ball into the end zone himself on a 1-yard quarterback sneak to extend the Hokie advantage to 35-14.
The Hokies made the score 42-14 with 3:36 remaining in the first half. Taylor completed long passes to Coale and Roberts during the drive and Evans finished the sequence with a 1-yard touchdown run.
Virginia Tech scored again just before the half to make the score 49-14, tied for the most points that Wake Forest had ever given up in a half. Taylor and Jarrett Boykin hooked up for a 10-yard completion on the scoring play.
After forcing the Hokies to punt of the first possession of the second half, the Deacons struck quickly as Price found Chris Givens for a 78-yard touchdown pass to make the score 49-21, the longest completion of his career.
Chris Hazley hit a 33-yard field goal with 4:52 remaining in the third quarter to extend the Hokie lead to 52-21. Neither team scored in the fourth quarter, leaving the final score 52-21.
The Deacons are off next weekend before hitting the road again to take on Maryland at Byrd Stadium on Oct. 30. The game time and television information is set to be announced on Monday.