No. 23 Virginia Tech 35, Temple 0
Nov. 10, 2001
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PHILADELPHIA (AP) _ Kevin Jones couldn't have picked a better time or place to have his coming-out party.
Jones, a former Philadelphia high school star, ran for 155 yards and two touchdowns as No. 23 Virginia Tech beat Temple 35-0 on Saturday to snap a two-game losing streak.
Jones, making his first college start, sprinted 87 yards for a touchdown to give the Hokies (7-2, 4-2 Big East)a 21-0 lead early in the second half.
``Jones broke out here just like another No. 7 (Michael Vick) did,'' Tech coach Frank Beamer said. ``He had a really big day. Once he gets into the secondary he's hard to catch.''
The run was the fourth longest in school history, and the longest since Roscoe Coles had an 89-yarder against Auburn in 1975.
``I was really nervous about making my first start,'' Jones said. ``But I think I settled down after my first touchdown.''
In the first half, following a fumbled snap by Owls punter Jace Amore, Jones wasted no time finding the end zone as he darted through would-be Temple tacklers for an 11-yard touchdown run and a 14-0 lead.
``Jones is going to be a great one,'' said Temple coach Bobby Wallace. ``He's a big-time back.''
Jones had about 50 family members, friends, and former teammates on hand at Veterans Stadium to cheer him on.
``The fans were tremendous,'' Jones said. ``There were so many people cheering for us that it felt like a home game.''
In many ways it was. An overwhelming majority of the 21,915 fans in attendance at Veterans Stadium were cheering for Virginia Tech.
The Hokies also had a strong defensive outing causing six turnovers, tallying three sacks, and forcing the Owls to punt 11 times en route to their fourth shutout of the season.
``We didn't make plays in the two losses,'' Beamer said. ``Today we did. There were a lot of things written about us, but we came in here and played Tech football, and I don't question anybody's effort on this football team.''
It was the first time Temple (2-7, 1-5) has been shutout in consecutive games since losing to Maryland and Kansas State at the start of the 1999 season.
``It's no fun to be shut out,'' Wallace said. ``It's embarrassing, but that's where we are right now. We've got one half of the team playing well, and the other half not so well.''
The Hokies opened the scoring on Grant Noel's 41-yard touchdown pass to Andre Davis late in the first quarter.
Jarrett Ferguson added a 1-yard touchdown plunge for the Hokies to stretch the lead to 28-0, and Noel hooked up with Ernest Wilford on a 34-yard scoring strike in the fourth quarter.