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Sept. 3, 2011
BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) - David Wilson, Logan Thomas and No. 13 Virginia Tech made sure Frank Beamer's 25th season as the head coach at his alma mater started off better than the last three - with a victory.
Wilson ran for 162 yards and three touchdowns, Thomas threw the first two TD passes of his career and the defense was solid as the Hokies routed Appalachian State 66-13 on Saturday.
Wilson scored on runs of 20, 19 and 3 yards - the first just 47 seconds into the game after Antone Exom recovered a fumble by Mountaineers quarterback DeAndre Presley at the 20. Wilson also broke off runs of 48 and 33 yards before yielding to reserves in the third quarter.
Thomas was pulled early after completing nine of 19 passes for 149 yards, with scoring throws of 7 yards to Randall Dunn and 4 yards to Jarrett Boykin. Thomas was not intercepted.
The Mountaineers, among the top-rated teams in the Championship Subdivision, arrived with what promised to be a high-powered offense led by Presley, but the multiple spread didn't fool the Hokies. Appalachian State was outgained 291-61 by halftime, before the backups took over.
Jamal Jackson, who replaced Presley, threw a 46-yard touchdown pass to Brian Quick late in the third quarter, making it 52-6, and ran 15 yards for the Mountaineers' other touchdown.
Before it was over, the Hokies had their second-highest point total under Beamer, topped only by 77 points against Akron in 1995, and Appalachian State had allowed as many as 60 for only the second time. The Mountaineers lost 72-14 to Chattanooga during the 1978 season.
Presley, who last season became the 13th Division I quarterback to throw for 2,000 yards and run for 1,000 in a season, never got going. His fumble on the second offensive play didn't help, because Wilson took a pitch headed left on the next play and easily took it to the end zone.
By the time an 11-yard run by Presley gave the Mountaineers their initial first down, Cody Journell had added a 28-yard field goal and Josh Oglesby a 4-yard scoring run for the Hokies.
Wilson added his last two scoring bursts in the second quarter. The first came on the play following Jeron Gouveia-Winslow's interception and 26-yard return to the Mountaineers 19, and the second capped a 14-play, 97-yard drive highlighted by Thomas' 55-yard strike to Davis.
Thomas' second scoring pass came 1:40 into the second half, and Tony Gregory blocked Sam Martin's punt 50 seconds later. Kyle Fuller dove on the ball in the end zone, making it 52-0.
It was the 17th time in Beamer's tenure that the Hokies have scored on a blocked punt.
Backup quarterback Mark Leal added his first career touchdown pass - a 22-yarder to Marcus Davis - late in the third quarter. Leal hit Davis for a 63-yard score midway through the final period.