Hokies close out non-conference schedule with shutout

Former Galax star Steven Peoples accounted for 3 TD's

By Eric Johnson - Sports Reporter

BLACKSBURG, Va. - In their first ever matchup against Old Dominion, it took some time for Virginia Tech to get their engines going so to speak. But they eventually settled in and cruised to their second shutout win of the season.

The Hokies struggled finishing drives in the first quarter. Their first five possessions consisted of a missed field goal, two punts and an interception. 

"Happy we found a way to win the game. Obviously we got a shutout. Defense played well. We got something going offensively and we scored enough to win the game," head coach Justin Fuente said.

The offense found a spark in Galax product, Steven Peoples, who had a coming out party of sorts. He rushed for 62 yards and had 73 through the air, accounting for three Virginia Tech touchdowns.

"It was really nice getting a rhythm going. Once one of the running backs get a rhythm, he [Fuente] usually keeps you in there and lets you do your thing. So that's good for us as a whole," Peoples said. 

Old Dominion's freshman quarterback Steven Williams escaped the Hokies pressure much of the day, but was limited to just 8 completions, as ODU committed 2 turnovers.

"Coach Foster just hounded on playing a complete game and we just came out and executed the game plan," said Virginia Tech defensive back Mook Reynolds.

"Everything we saw, studied and practiced stood up the majority of the game. We just took that as a challenge."

The Hokies finish their non-conference schedule at 4-0, and now the focus shifts to their ACC opener next week against Clemson. 

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