NCAAF Game Recap - Wake Forest at Virginia Tech
Sat Nov 9, 2019 3:30 PM EST

LSU
46
Ala
41
F
MD
14
OHSt
73
F
Clem
55
NCSt
10
F
PSU
26
Minn
31
F
Mizzu
0
UGA
27
F
IASt
41
Okla
42
F
Vand
0
Fla
56
F
Bayl
29
TCU
23
F(2OT)
ND
38
Duke
7
F
Iowa
22
Wisc
24
F
UConn
3
Cin
48
F
K St
24
Tex
27
F
Wyo
17
Boise
20
F OT
Wake
17
VaTec
36
F
ECU
51
SMU
59
F
Nev
17
SDSU
13
F
Kent
33
Toled
35
F
Ball
31
WestMI
35
F
MiaOH
24
Ohio
21
F
ULLaf
48
CoCar
7
F
Temp
17
SoFL
7
F
UCF
31
Tuls
34
F
Wash
19
OreSt
7
F
Purd
24
NW
22
F
W Ky
45
Ark
19
F
TxTch
38
WVU
17
F
FlaSt
38
BC
31
F
UMass
7
Army
63
F
GATec
28
UVA
33
F
UTSA
24
OD
23
F
SoAl
28
TxSt
30
F
Char
28
UTEP
21
F
Stan
13
Colo
16
F
GaSo
28
Troy
49
F
USC
31
AzSt
26
F
UAB
2
SMiss
37
F
Ill
37
MSU
34
F
Lou
27
MiaFL
52
F
NMSt
3
Miss
41
F
NorTx
17
LaTec
52
F
GASt
31
ULMon
45
F
FLInt
7
FlAtl
37
F
UtSt
37
Fres
35
F
WaSt
20
Cal
33
F
App
20
SCar
15
F
Lib
24
BYU
31
F
Tenn
17
KY
13
F
SJSU
40
Hawaii
42
F

Nov 9, 2019, 3:30 PM EST

Final

1

2

3

4

T

(22) Wake Forest (7-2)

3

7

7

0

17

Virginia Tech (6-3)

3

3

17

13

36

Hendon Hooker, Hokies beat No. 22 Wake Forest 36-17
Sat Nov 9, 2019 8:54 PM

BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) Bud Foster has been an assistant coach at Virginia Tech for 33 seasons, and before the Hokies' game against No. 22 Wake Forest, the athletic department honored the retiring defensive coordinator for his accomplishments and years of service.

During the game, he showed why he deserved being honored.

Foster's defense throttled Wake Forest's high-scoring attack, and Hendon Hooker led an offense that got into the act, too, to help the Hokies beat the Demon Deacons 36-17 on Saturday.

Wake Forest (7-2, 3-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) came in ranked in the top 10 nationally in total offense and passing offense, but Virginia Tech held the Demon Deacons to season lows in both points and total yards (310). It also forced two turnovers and registered three sacks against a Demon Deacon team that had allowed just 10 sacks all season coming into the game.

The Hokies' performance was the perfect way to honor Foster, who has been Virginia Tech's sole defensive coordinator for the past 23 seasons.

"I'm real, real happy we won the game," Foster said. "That's the most important thing. I'm proud of the kids. They came back after a gut-wrenching, tough loss from a week ago (21-20 at Notre Dame).

"They showed a lot of perseverance in their approach all week. We played a really talented offensive football team. I'm just really proud of our kids and how they played today. I told them, `It's not about me, it's about you. We need to go take care of business today."'

The Hokies (6-3, 3-2) overcame a 10-6 halftime deficit, scoring 30 second-half points to beat a ranked team for the first time since last year at then-No. 22 Duke.

"It was fun to be a part of," Tech coach Justin Fuente said. "I go back to this - I'm really proud of our kids. They just continue to battle and block out the noise and work hard and stick together, and it's fun to get to see them reap some benefits."

Deshawn McClease scored touchdowns on back-to-back possessions in the third quarter. His 6-yard touchdown run with 7:02 remaining in the quarter gave the Hokies a 20-17 lead - one they never would relinquish. He had 59 of the Hokies' 228 yards rushing.

Hooker completed 15 of 23 for 242 yards and rushed for 69 yards. His 7-yard touchdown run with 4:38 remaining sealed it.

"Honestly, it (the first half) was me," Hooker said. "It was my fault. I told the offense, `I take full responsibility in us not getting in the box (end zone).' Just coming out, I told them, `You guys got my back, I got your back, so (let's) make it happen."'

Wake Forest quarterback Jamie Newman completed just 16 of 35 passes for 238 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions. Kendall Hinton caught eight passes for 162 yards.

"They probably covered us the best a team has covered us all year," Wake Forest coach Dave Clawson said. "We didn't get a lot of separation. We were off in the passing game."

TAKEAWAYS

Wake Forest: The Demon Deacons are going to have to find a way to run better to keep their defense off the field -- they finished with 63 yards rushing against the Hokies. Finding that running game won't be easy next Saturday with a trip to unbeaten and No. 4 Clemson looming.

Virginia Tech: The Hokies control their own destiny in the ACC's Coastal Division race and need just one victory in their final three games to become bowl eligible for the 27th consecutive season. Two of their wins this season have come against FCS opponents, which means the Hokies need to get to seven victories to extend the nation's longest active bowl streak.

TECH DOMINANT IN RUN GAME

In all four of Hooker's starts this season since he took over as the starting quarterback, the Hokies have rushed for at least 153 yards, and Saturday, their run game allowed them to control the clock. For just the fourth time this season, they held the ball more than their opponents, finishing with a 36:09-23:51 advantage against the Demon Deacons.

"I think a good running game helps everybody," Fuente said. "It helps field position, running the ball, and it helps your quarterback play and receivers. It's been crucial and one of a couple things that has helped us. Obviously, having Hendon in there is other one."

UP NEXT

Wake Forest: At Clemson on Saturday.

Virginia Tech: At Georgia Tech on Saturday.

Passing

Wake Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
T. Bowers 1 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 39.6
J. Newman 35 16 45.7 2 238 45 2 63.8
VaTec Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
H. Hooker 23 15 65.2 0 242 50 0 100.3

Rushing

Wake Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
C. Carney 10 46 4.6 15 0
C. McKinney 3 13 4.3 10 0
VaTec Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
T. Turner 4 73 18.3 57 0
H. Hooker 15 69 4.6 14 1

Receiving

Wake Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
K. Hinton 8 162 20.3 45 0
S. Surratt 4 53 13.3 24 2
VaTec Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
D. Hazelton 7 86 12.3 24 0
J. Mitchell 3 58 19.3 30 0

Fumbles

VaTec F FL
H. Hooker 1 1

Returning

Wake KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
K. Hinton 0 - 0 0 2 6.0 0 7
VaTec KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
T. Wheatley 2 17.0 0 20 0 - 0 0
H. Grimsley 0 - 0 0 2 2.0 0 2

Punting

Wake Punt Yds Avg LgPu
D. Maggio 7 361 51.6 55
VaTec Punt Yds Avg LgPu
O. Bradburn 4 205 51.3 59

Takeaways

VaTec Int Yds InTD
D. Crawford 1 6 0
D. Hollifield 1 0 0

Team Stats Comparison

Wake VaTec
Points For 17 36
Total Yards 301 470
Rushing Yards 63 228
Passing Yards 238 242
Passing Completions / Attempts 16/36 15/23
Turnovers 2 2
Interceptions Thrown 2 0
Fumbles - Lost 0/0 3/2
First Downs 16 21
Penalties - Yards 6/30 7/55
Time Of Possession 51:51 9:09
Third Down Conversions/Attempts 6/15 3/14
Fourth Down Conversions/Attempts 0/1 2/2
Punts - Average Yards 7/52 4/51

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter Wake VaTec
VaTec 9:27 FG Brian Johnson 35 yd FG 0 3
Wake 12:37 FG Nick Sciba 40 yd FG 3 3
2nd Quarter Wake VaTec
VaTec 7:13 FG Brian Johnson 32 yd FG 3 6
Wake 9:12 TD Sage Surratt 11 yd pass from Jamie Newman (Nick Sciba kick) 10 6
3rd Quarter Wake VaTec
VaTec 4:00 TD Deshawn McClease 2 yd run (Brian Johnson kick) 10 13
Wake 6:01 TD Sage Surratt 24 yd pass from Jamie Newman (Nick Sciba kick) 17 13
VaTec 7:58 TD Deshawn McClease 6 yd run (Brian Johnson kick) 17 20
VaTec 9:30 FG Brian Johnson 35 yd FG 17 23
4th Quarter Wake VaTec
VaTec 3:16 TD James Mitchell 1 yd run (failed 2pt pass) 17 29
VaTec 10:22 TD Hendon Hooker 7 yd run (Brian Johnson kick) 17 36

Game Information

Stadium: Lane Stadium/Worsham Field, Blacksburg, Virginia
Attendance: 65,632
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