No. 13 Virginia Tech improves to 4-0 with 38-0 win over Old Dominion

Jackson, Peoples lead Hokies past ODU

By HANK KURZ Jr., AP Sports Writer , John "Appy" Appicello - Sports Director
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Running back Steven Peoples #32 of the Virginia Tech Hokies carries the ball following his reception against the Old Dominion University Monarchs in the first half at Lane Stadium. (Photo by Michael Shroyer/Getty Images)

BLACKSBURG, Va. - Josh Jackson threw for three touchdowns and Steven Peoples scored three Saturday, leading No. 13 Virginia Tech past Old Dominion 38-0.

Peoples scored on receptions of 17 and 43 yards, the latter when Jackson threw for a well-covered Cam Phillips in the end zone and the ball was tipped into Peoples' arms. Peoples also scored on a 1-yard run, and Jackson hit C.J. Carroll with a 5-yard scoring pass for the Hokies (4-0). Virginia Tech started slowly for the second consecutive game, but has scored 95 consecutive points since it last allowed any.

The Monarchs (2-2), playing an Atlantic Coast Conference opponent for the second week in a row, fell to 0-9 against Power Five schools.

The game was the first meeting between the schools and featured the first career start for 17-year-old Old Dominion quarterback Steven Williams Jr. He showed a nifty ability to escape the Hokies' pass rush, getting sacked just once, but completed just 8 of 26 for 85 yards. Monarchs receivers didn't help by dropping several balls, including one that Travis Fulgham could have taken 75 yards for a touchdown.

By then, Jackson and the Hokies had removed all suspense.

Jackson was 20 for 30 for 298 yards and has now thrown for 11 touchdowns. He did throw his first interception of the season against the Monarchs, but Virginia Tech took the ball away three players later, leading to their first touchdown midway through the second quarter.

THE TAKEAWAY

Old Dominion: The Monarchs didn't get pushed around as much up front as they had a week earlier against North Carolina, and they got some good penetration that disrupted Jackson early, but they eventually wore down. They will fare much better against similarly sized competition in Conference USA.

Virginia Tech: The Hokies started slowly for the second week in a row, and while the results suggest they are just fine once they get untracked offensively, they might do well to try to find their rhythm more quickly going forward when they are playing ACC competition.

UP NEXT:

Old Dominion opens Conference USA play at home against Florida Atlantic.

Virginia Tech remains at home and plays defending national champion and No. 2-ranked Clemson on Saturday night.

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HALFTIME UPDATE:

It took a second quarter turnover that was provided by Bud Foster's defense to spark 13th-ranked Virginia Tech to a 17-0 halftime lead over visiting Old Dominion.

Josh Jackson and the offense quickly cashed in on a Divine Deablo interception that set the Hokies up in good field position. Steven Peoples took a screen pass 17 yards for a touchdown to give Virginia Tech a 10 point lead.

The Hokies had managed just one field goal in the game to that point, having come up empty in the red zone against an inspired Monarchs defense.

The Hokies added to the lead with a drive right before halftime that netted them another touchdown. Galax product Steven Peoples added a 1- yard Td plunge to his earlier scoring reception to make the score 17-0.

Hokies senior receiver Cam Phillips has 6 catches for 102 yards at the break.

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