Tigers Swarm Hokies in Death Valley, 48-7
Sept. 9, 2007
BATON ROUGE, La. - In the end, it didn't matter whether it was Sean Glennon or Tyrod Taylor under center for the Hokies.
No. 2 Louisiana State (2-0) made things rough for both quarterbacks - and even the Tech defense - in a dominating 48-7 defeat of the No. 9 Hokies (1-1) on Saturday night at Tiger Stadium in a top-10 non-conference matchup.
The 41-point loss was the worst for the Hokies since they fell by 45 to Vanderbilt in 1982. The Tigers' defense gave Glennon and tailback Branden Ore next to nothing to work with from the get-go, limiting the Hokies to just three first downs and 40 total yards in the first half.
Taylor, the Hokies' highly-touted freshman quarterback, made his collegiate debut during Tech's sixth offensive series in an effort to jumpstart a stagnant offense. Although he eventually led the Hokies to a second-half touchdown by plunging into the end zone from one yard out, the LSU defenders were simply too much for Tech to handle. The Hokies managed just 149 total yards in the game to LSU's 598.
LSU racked up 172 yards during its first two drives in jumping out to quick and insurmountable lead. During the opening possession, Tigers' tailback Jacob Hester finished off a 10-play series with a 28-yard jaunt on a shovel pass and a three-yard touchdown run.
The Hokies went three-and-out on their first drive, and the Tigers responded by marching 85 yards in eight plays to go up 14-0. Quarterback Matt Flynn capped it off with a seven-yard rush up the middle just over nine minutes in.
The Hokies forced LSU to punt on its third possession late in the first quarter, but LSU's Craig Steltz picked off Glennon's third-down pass at the Tech 31 and returned it to the 20. Colt David converted a 30-yard field goal on the first play of the second quarter to make it 17-0.
Three minutes later, tailback Kelland Williams took the Tigers' first play of their next possession on a 67-yard romp to the end zone to put LSU up by 24 heading into the half. After David added another field goal - a 28-yarder - early in the third quarter to make the score 27-0, Taylor finally got things moving for the Hokies, though it didn't last long.
Midway through the third, Taylor took the maroon and orange on a scoring drive lasting 3:42, rushing four times for 39 yards, including the one-yard touchdown. His 23-yard scramble on second down got the Hokies into LSU territory for the first time all game, and he followed that up with a 19-yard completion to Ore that got Tech to the LSU 20.
LSU answered right back on the next drive, as Ryan Perrilloux took over at quarterback for the Tigers mid-series. He tossed a 34-yard touchdown pass to Early Doucet on his first play to extend the lead to 34-7.
In the fourth quarter, Williams rushed 32 yards for his second score of the game, while Perrilloux connected with Terrance Toliver on a 28-yard touchdown to set the final score at 48-7.
Williams collected 126 rushing yards on just seven carries to lead the Tigers, while LSU wideout Brandon LaFell earned 125 yards on seven receptions - both career highs. Flynn completed 17-of-27 for 217 yards, and Perrilloux went 5-of-5 for 84 yards and the two scores.
For the Hokies, Glennon went 2-of-10 for 16 yards with one interception before giving way to Taylor. The freshman ran for 44 yards and Tech's only touchdown, but also struggled in the passing attack, going 7-of-18 for 62 yards. Ore managed just 28 yards on 14 carries.
Defensively, D.J. Parker paced the Hokies with 11 tackles, while Brandon Flowers, Xavier Adibi and Kam Chancellor each added nine. Vince Hall chipped in eight. Kirston Pittman led LSU with eight stops.
Virginia Tech returns home next Saturday to play host to Ohio University, with kickoff set for 1:30 p.m.