Blacksburg, VA (WWBT)- Virginia Tech knows the feeling of being upset by an FCS team better than most, after its upset loss to James Madison at home last season. This season, the Hokies opened up with Appalachian State, a squad that knows how to win as heavy underdogs, but Frank Beamer and company put a stop to upset talks shortly after the whistle blew.
Virginia Tech posted 518 yards of total offense in a 66-13 route of the Mountaineers on Saturday at Lane Stadium, and wasted nearly no time getting started. The Hokies kicked off, but Deep Run graduate Antone Exum recovered a fumble on Appalachian State's first drive and David Wilson scored his first of three touchdowns on the very next play, a 20 yard scamper to give the Hokies a 7-0 lead. Virginia Tech would add two more scores to take a 17-0 advantage after just one quarter. The second quarter didn't get any better for the Mountaineers. Wilson scored a pair of touchdowns and Logan Thomas tallied his first touchdown pass as the Hokies' starting quarterback, a seven yard strike to Randall Dunn with 22 seconds left in the half, giving Virginia Tech a more-than-comfortable 38-0 lead at the break.
The second half saw the Hokies come out just as aggressive. Thomas found Jarrett Boykin from four yards out for a score just 90 seconds into the half and Kyle Fuller fell on a blocked punt in the endzone one minute later to make the score 52-0. Virginia Tech dominated all day and cruised to the 66-13 victory.
The Hokies tallied 256 rushing yards, led by Wilson, who gained 162 yards on 16 carries and scored the three touchdowns. Thomas impressed in his first start under center, completing 9-of-19 pass attempts for 149 yards and two touchdown passes. Goochland product D.J. Coles led Virginia Tech in receptions with four, tallying 29 yards through the air. Meanwhile, Exum played a role in addition to the fumble recovery, netting three tackles, one of which was a tackle for loss.
Virginia Tech hits the road next Saturday to East Carolina for a 3:30 pm kickoff and returns home on September 17 to face Arkansas State.