Virginia Tech's defense and special teams shine in win over Purdue
BLACKSBURG (WSLS 10) - The first meeting between the Hokies and a Big 10 team this year wasn't what they had hoped. But with the loss to defending champions Ohio State in the rear view, Virginia Tech took to the road to see where they stand against another Big 10 conference team, Purdue.
Michael Brewer still sidelined with a shoulder injury, Christiansburg product Brenden Motley made his first road start. In the first quarter Kendall Fuller forced a fumble, it was recovered by Chuck Clark who returned it 20 yards for a touchdown to put the Hokies up 10-0.
Motley was 15 of 23 for 220 yards with one rushing touchdown and two passing touchdowns including on to Bucky Hodges in the second quarter. The team was hitting on all cyclinders, they had 238 rushing yards led by Trey Edmunds. The special teams were just that, special. Leading 34-17 in the third quarter, Hokies blocked a punt, Anthony Shegog brought it back for the touchdown. It was the special teams and the defense that sparked Virginia Tech's 51-24 victory over Purdue.
"We're big on setting the tone, you know, we want to come out here and set the tone and things like that and give the team momentum. That's definitely big we had a defensive touchdown and a special teams touchdown," said Hokies cornerback Kendall Fuller.
Head coach Frank Beamer was pleased as well, "that's big, you know we always talk about whoever's on the field you have a chance to get a score and that happened today that was pretty special."
"Today we had all the phases going we moved the ball we were able to put points on the board." said defensive coordinator Bud Foster, "we scored on defense, we held them in check and we're good on third downs, then we are going to kicking game."
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