Hokies Stomp Southern Miss. 36-6
Oct. 21, 2006
BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) -Branden Ore rushed for a career-high 207 yards and scored two touchdowns as Virginia Tech beat Southern Mississippi 36-6 Saturday night.
Ore, who carried the ball 23 times, had a 70-yard touchdown run on the first play of the Hokies possession with 10:21 left in the fourth quarter. Backup Kenny Lewis Jr. had a 14-yard run for the final score with 44 seconds left.
The Hokies (5-2) had 284 yards rushing to 82 for the Golden Eagles (4-3), and 398 total yards to 216.
Sean Glennon was 4-for-11 for 100 yards, including a 38-yard touchdown pass to Josh Morgan to make it 19-6 with 6:16 left in the second quarter.
Three times, Virginia Tech's special teams pinned back the Golden Eagles within their 10-yard line, and Southern Miss quarterback Jeremy Young was sacked six times.
The Hokies got their ground game going after managing less than 50 yards in each of their last two games - Atlantic Coast Conference losses to Boston College and Georgia Tech. The Hokies had 33 yards against Boston College and 42 yards in the Georgia Tech game.
Southern Miss of Conference USA scored first on a 38-yard field goal by Darren McCaleb early in the first quarter.
The Hokies took a lead they never relinquished less than 3 minutes later on a 2-yard run by Ore that was set up by Glennon's 40-yard pass to Eddie Royal. McCaleb had a 37-yard field goal with 4:17 left in the quarter for the Golden Eagles' other score.
The Hokies ended a 10-play, 44-yard drive with Brandon Pace's 26-yard field goal early in the second quarter to give Tech a 10-6 margin. The Hokies added a safety when Brandon Flowers tackled Young in the end zone.