Cincinnati 16, Virginia Tech 0
BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) _ Brad Jackson returned an interception 71 yards for a touchdown, recovered a fumble that led to another TD and took the ball away twice more for good measure Saturday as Cincinnati shut out Virginia Tech 16-0.
With a steady rain keeping the ball and the field slippery, Cincinnati (1-2) converted three turnovers into three scores to take a 16-0 halftime lead. The defense then shut down Virginia Tech (0-2) so effectively that the Hokies were compelled to try a new quarterback.
On the first series of the second quarter, the Hokies put together their first long drive, going from their 7 to Cincinnati’s 21.
But Jackson picked off Jim Druckenmiller’s screen pass and outran the slow-footed quarterback into the end zone for a 71-yard interception return, giving the Bearcats a 7-0 lead.
Brian Edmonds fumbled on the next play from scrimmage and, being in the right place at the right time again, Jackson recovered at the 15.
Three plays later, and only one minute after the Hokies were in position for the first score, Cincinnati went ahead 13-0 on Orlando Smith’s 4-yard run.
With 7:38 left in the half, Jermaine Trent intercepted Druckenmiller’s pass at Virginia Tech’s 35 and Eric Richards kicked a 41-yard field goal.
The Hokies drove to the Cincinnati 9 with time running out in the half, but after two incomplete passes Atle Larson missed a 26-yard field goal attempt.
The second half was as dreary as the weather. Virginia Tech managed to keep from getting buried by blocking a 25-yard field goal and having a touchdown pass from Eric Vibberts to Brandon Rader called back because of a holding penalty.
With 8:31 to play, Jackson stopped Virginia Tech with his second interception.
Virginia Tech benched Druckenmiller in the fourth quarter, but Jackson foiled his replacement, too. With 4:55 remaining and the Hokies near midfield, Al Clark had the ball knocked out of his throwing hand and Jackson fell on it.