QB Taylor sharp in No. 10 Va Tech's last scrimmage, but he torches second-team defense

Tyrod Taylor was midseason sharp in No. 10 Virginia Tech's final scrimmage of the fall, completing 16 of 17 passes for 319 yards and three touchdowns.

The only incompletion was a ball he threw away, coach Frank Beamer said after the closed scrimmage. It pitted the Hokies' first team offense and defense against the second units.

The Hokies' first teamers won, 31-6.

The performance was great for the first units, Beamer said, but not so good for the reserves, especially not with a season opener against No. 3 Boise State just nine days away.

"You hope your first offense and defense is that good," he said, "and you hope your second offense and defense is not that bad. Some of those guys need to play better for us."

The top defensive unit allowed two field goals, one a 54-yarder by Justin Myer.

Other offensive stars for the Hokies included wide receiver Jarrett Boykin, who caught seven passes for 134 yards, and tight end Andre Smith, who took Taylor's first completion 95 yards for a score. Taylor completed his first 10 passes, for 231 yards and two touchdowns.

Beamer says there was more good and bad news, too. The Hokies' first team punt coverage unit blocked a punt by Brian Saunders, the starting punter.

"It's hard to be happy," said Beamer, who coaches the Hokies' special teams. "I'm glad to be blocking kicks, but you'd like to have your protection a little better."