(Thursday, November 6th)
Final Score: Virginia Tech 23, (23) Maryland 13
Blacksburg, VA (Sports Network) - Darren Evans ran for a career-high 253 yards and a touchdown, and the Virginia Tech Hokies toppled the 23rd-ranked Maryland Terrapins with a 23-13 victory.
A freshman, Evans' previous career-high was 94 yards in a game against Georgia Tech earlier this season. He set his new career-high with a 50-yard rush in the second quarter. Sean Glennon completed 14-of-20 passes for 127 yards and a score, and Greg Boone compiled 53 total yards and a receiving touchdown for Virginia Tech (6-3, 3-2 ACC), which is now tied for second in the ACC Coastal Division with Miami-Florida and Virginia.
"I thought that was a pretty game," Hokies head coach Frank Beamer said. "In the third quarter there were some ugly things, but what we are really proud of is our football team hung in there. We botched a kick, and after that the defense held them to a field goal. I am really proud of our offense, (and) I am as proud as I can be of these guys."
The Hokies had a dominant rushing attack while stifling a horrid Maryland ground attack, outgaining the Terps 273 to negative-12 on the ground. Virginia Tech had 400 total yards, compared to 228 for the Terps.
"We said we needed to run the football better," Beamer said. "And when (Evans) got in there he got hot. There were some holes there, and when he got in there he ran strong, really strong at the end."
Chris Turner threw for 240 yards and a score on 19-of-31 passing for Maryland (6-3, 3-2), which fell into a first-place tie with Florida State and Wake Forest atop the ACC Atlantic Division. Darrius Heyward-Bey caught five passes for 92 yards and a score, while Torrey Smith added 62 yards receiving on four grabs for the Terps.
"I thought we would be able to run some but we struggled and we go into a throwing contest," Maryland head coach Ralph Friedgen said. "I also knew we had to throw to win tonight. It is tough to win when you cannot run the ball. We didn't run the ball (the way) we are capable of doing."
Maryland's missed field goal on its first drive gave the Hokies the ball at their own 29 and Evans was key on the 11-play drive, running for 40 yards on five attempts. Glennon hit Boone for a five-yard touchdown pass on his first completion of the game with 2:49 left in the first for a 7-0 lead.
Obi Egekeze put the Terps on the board on his second field goal attempt of the game -- a 41-yarder -- just 1:24 into the second quarter.
After a Maryland punt midway through the second, Evans scampered for 50 yards on the first play of the ensuing drive down to the Terps' 30. On the eighth play of the drive, Evans leapt in from one-yard out for a 14-3 lead with 3:48 to go in the half.
Dustin Keys gave the Hokies a 17-3 lead going into halftime, hitting on a 35- yard field goal in the waning moments of the quarter. Keys opened up the second half scoring, making a 30-yard attempt 2:16 into the third.
After a Virginia Tech punt backed the Terps up to their own two-yard line, Maryland cut the deficit to 10 with 6:43 left in the third. Turner threw to Heyward-Bey in the flat, and the receiver was able to use some blocks to take it 63 yards for the score.
Egekeze made it a one-score game on a 27-yard field goal just four minutes later, and the teams headed into the final frame with Virginia Tech holding a 20-13 advantage.
Keys remained perfect on field goals, nailing a 27-yarder with 7:30 to play to make it a two-score game again. The 11-play drive took nearly six minutes off the clock.
Maryland couldn't muster any offense on their next drive, and, after a punt, the Hokies were able to run down the final 5:38 to secure the victory.
Virginia Tech has now won six straight home games...Maryland still leads the all-time series between the schools, 15-14, although the Hokies have won the last four meetings...Virginia Tech snapped a two-game losing streak, while Maryland had a two-game winning streak snapped.
11/07 00:55:17 ET