Football

Hilltoppers hang around but can't handle Hokies

Virginia Tech had to play the whole game.

The No. 20 Hokies rolled to a big early lead, then held off Western Kentucky for a 27-13 victory Saturday at Lane Stadium.

Western Kentucky frequently opted to go without a quarterback on the field and instead snapped the ball directly to tailback Dexter Taylor. The Hilltoppers kicked a field goal late in the third quarter to make it 27-6, then recovered an onside kick.

"We took a lot of pride in trying to match one of the best special teams in the country," Coach David Elson said. "We executed it well."

The Hilltoppers (2-4) then drove 50 yards, again without a quarterback on the field, before David Wolke came on to throw a 3-yard touchdown pass to Tristan Jones that made it 27-13 with 11:58 left in the game.

"Once we got the lead we kind of let down a little bit," said Greg Boone, who caught a 27-yard pass for the Hokies' first touchdown. "We just got a little complacent."

Western Kentucky went three-and-out on its next possession, though, and the Hokies held on for their 30th consecutive win at home against a non-conference foe.

Darren Evans ran for two touchdowns and Tyrod Taylor's scoring pass to Boone was his first of the year, coming with 5:10 left in the first quarter. Dustin Keys had field goals of 22 and 27 yards.

Virginia-Wise 35, Georgetown 28: Randy Hippeard completed a 56-yard touchdown pass to Aric Evans with 56 seconds left to break a 28-all tie and give the Tigers a home loss.

The winning play came less than two minutes after Georgetown's Mike Lewis tied it up with a 20-yard strike to Ted Sberna.

Lewis completed 13 of 23 passes for 206 yards and two touchdowns and A.J. Brooks added 116 rushing yards and two touchdowns to lead the Tigers offense.

Morehead State 26, Davidson 13: Mason Webb tied a Morehead State record with four field goals as the Eagles defeated visiting Davidson.

Webb hit field goals of 20, 31, 19 and 22 yards to tie the record set by Joey Herbst, who hit four fields against Davidson in 2002.

Morehead State's Evan Sawyer was 16-for-26 for 210 yards and two touchdowns.

The Eagles opened a 23-7 advantage when Sawyer hit Brendan McLaughlin for a 30-yard touchdown on the final play of the first half.

Sawyer also connected with Drew Morgan for a 28-yard touchdown in the first quarter.

Davidson got two touchdown passes from Ryan Alexander — a 24-yarder to Kenny Mantuo and a 4-yarder to Kirk Benedict.

Alexander was 27-for-53 for 253 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions.

Morehead State finished with 376 yards of total offense (210 pass, 166 rushing).

Murray State 32, Austin Peay 12: Jeff Ehrhardt threw for 304 yards and accounted for two touchdowns to lead Murray State to a road win over Austin Peay.

Ehrhardt, who completed 25 of 36 passes, threw three interceptions for the Racers. He also had 53 yards rushing on 10 carries.

Derrick Townsell had 165 yards receiving on seven catches and one touchdown for Murray State, which outgained the Governors 461-226 in the game.

Cumberlands 42, Pikeville 7: The host Patriots amassed 470 yards on 66 rushing attempts and breezed past Pikeville.

Kyle King led the Cumberlands rushing attack with 123 yards and two touchdowns on just 10 attempts. His quarterback keeper early in the second quarter put the Patriots ahead 21-0. King added a 65-yard TD scamper in the third quarter.

Dan Wideman led the Bears' offense by completing 22 of 34 passes for 234 yards and the team's only score on an 8-yard touchdown pass to Montrel Jones in the second quarter.

Centre 28, Sewanee 16: The visiting Colonels totaled 363 offensive yards and scored a touchdown in each quarter to take care of the Tigers.

Filling in for regular starting quarterback Grant Conliffe, freshman Tyler Osterman ran for 108 yards and completed 18 of 29 passes for 239 yards and two touchdowns.

After falling behind 3-0 in the first quarter, the Colonels scored on Osterman's 51-yard touchdown pass to Lexington Catholic graduate Tyler Hinkel. Sewanee responded with a touchdown early in the second quarter to retake the lead, 10-7. Centre freshman Jonathan Pinque then came right back with a touchdown run in the final minute of the first half to retake the lead for good.

Thomas More 42, Bethany 12: Junior quarterback Trevor Stellman and freshman running back Anthony Knott each scored two touchdowns in Thomas More's win in Bethany, W.Va.

The Saints never trailed. They led 14-0 after one quarter, 28-9 at halftime and 28-12 after three quarters before scoring 14 unanswered points in the fourth quarter.

Kentucky Wesleyan 34, Grand View 13: Nathan Kimbro threw two first-half touchdown passes to Josh Smith and the visiting Panthers gained 596 total yards in a victory over Grand View.

Kimbro completed 13 of 19 passes for 165 yards and the two scores. Je'Sean Godfrey ran 17 times for 95 yards to lead a Panthers rushing attack that gained 321 yards. Vincent Lalonde chipped in with 72 yards and a touchdown.

Shorter 24, Campbellsville 14: AJ Cooley ran for 216 yards and two touchdowns to help Shorter put up 24 unanswered points after falling behind 7-0 early.

Greg Fountain ran 18 times for 70 yards and Campbellsville's only two touchdowns of the game. Ross Deaton completed 17 of 25 passes for 249 yards and an interception.

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