Virginia Tech 56, Cincinnati 9
BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) _ Will Furrer threw two touchdown passes and running backs Vaughn Hebron and Phil Bryant ran for two scores each Saturday as Virginia Tech overwhelmed Cincinnati 56-9.
Cincinnati (2-5) was plagued by poor specialty teams’ play all afternoon.
Four of the first five touchdowns by Virginia Tech (3-4) came after problems with the kicking game: a blocked punt, a mishandled kickoff, an errant snap to the punter and Bo Campbell’s 38-yard punt return to the Cincinnati 8-yard line. Touchdown No. 7 came after Ken Landrum picked up a blocked punt and ran it 18 yards into the end zone.
Virginia Tech essentially put the game away in less than 10 minutes.
The Hokies opened with a 65-yard drive culminated by Bryant’s 11-yard touchdown run.
On the next series, outside linebacker P.J. Preston blocked a Cincinnati punt and, after a 24-yard run by Hebron, Furrer threw a 7-yard touchdown pass to tight end John Rivers.
Virginia Tech then recovered a kickoff tipped and missed by Brian Jenkins after a difficult bounce. Two minutes later, Hebron scored on a 3-yard run to put the Hokies ahead 21-0.
David Rowe of the Bearcats kicked a 33-yard field goal with 2:13 left in the first half and missed another from 37 yards a minute later. Cincinnati went deep into Virginia Tech territory twice in the first half, only to be pushed back by penalties.
In the third quarter, Cincinnati’s second-string quarterback, Lance Harp, threw a 77-yard touchdown pass to flanker Damon Bryant.
Furrer responded on the first play of the next series with a 64-yard touchdown pass to Campbell to make it 35-9.
After Landrum’s touchdown on the blocked punt, safety Kirk Alexander picked off a pass and ran it 95 yards for a touchdown, breaking the school record of 94 yards Ashley Lee set on an interception return in 1983.