Transfer QB leads Hokies to 34-9 win over William & Mary

Transfer QB leads Hokies to 34-9 win over William & Mary
August 30, 2014, 10:00 pm
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BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) -- Michael Brewer threw for 251 yards with two touchdown passes, and Virginia Tech beat William & Mary 34-9 in the season-opener for both teams on Saturday.

Brewer, a transfer from Texas Tech, completed 23 of 30 passes, including touchdown passes of 13 yards to Isaiah Ford and 8 yards to Bucky Hodges.

Virginia Tech pulled away by scoring on three straight drives and four of five spanning the first and second halves.

Shai McKenzie led Tech with 106 yards in his debut, and the Hokies rushed for 222 yards.

William & Mary finished with just 193 yards of total offense.

Virginia Tech's staff promised to unveil some young playmakers into an offense that was inconsistent a year ago, and the young players delivered. Freshmen scored all but six of the Hokies' points.

Midway through the second quarter, the Hokies' Chase Williams sacked Steve Cluley, forcing him to fumble. Derek Di Nardo got the ball for the Hokies and ran 45 yards to the Tribe 2. Virginia Tech later converted when Brewer found Hodges for the 8-yard score, giving the Hokies a 14-6 lead.

Joey Slye added a 20-yard field goal toward the end of the first half to give the Hokies a 17-6 lead at halftime, and then Slye's 27-yarder capped a 74-yard drive to open the second half, giving the Hokies a 20-6 lead.

William & Mary cut it to 20-9 on John Carpenter's field goal, but the Tribe started to wear down toward the end of the third quarter. On the Hokies final possession of the third, they went 80 yards on just four plays, scoring when McKenzie got in on a 39-yard run to give Virginia Tech a 27-9 lead.

Carpenter provided all the scoring for the Tribe. He hit field goals of 36, 29 and 44 yards.

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