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By Jimmy Robertson
ATLANTA (HokieSports.com)– Virginia Tech tailback Trey Edmunds rushed for more than 100 yards in his collegiate debut, but two returns for touchdowns on special teams and an interception return for a touchdown propelled No.-1 ranked Alabama past the Hokies 35-10 on Saturday night in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game at the Georgia Dome.
The Crimson Tide, the defending national champions, got three touchdowns from junior receiver Christion Jones, including two on returns, and safety Vinnie Sunseri returned an interception 38 yards for a touchdown. That would be all the Crimson Tide would need despite being out-gained on the evening (212-206).
Tech's lone touchdown came from Edmunds, who got in the end zone late in the first quarter and the Hokies trailing 14-0. On just his third career carry in his first college game, he burst between the tackles and then out-ran the rest of Alabama's defense 77 yards for a touchdown.
Edmunds finished with 132 yards rushing on 20 carries. He because the first Tech tailback to rush for more than 100 yards in his debut since Shyrone Stith ran for 119 yards in the 1996 season opener at Akron.
Despite Edmunds' performance, Tech's offense finished with just 212 yards. Quarterback Logan Thomas completed 5 of 26 for 59 yards, with the one interception. But Thomas received little in the way of help, as Tech's receivers dropped several passes.
Tech's defense played well for most of the night, holding the Tide to 206 yards and sacked McCarron four times. McCarron completed just 10 of 23 for 110 yards, with an interception. Tide tailback T.J. Yeldon ran for 75 yards on 17 carries.