Blacksburg, VA (WWBT)- East Carolina gave Virginia Tech a non-conference test last Saturday, and Arkansas State planned to do the same at Lane Stadium. The Red Wolves came out firing, but the 13th ranked Hokies would prevail and stay perfect on the year.
Logan Thomas passed for 292 yards and two touchdowns to pace Virginia Tech to the 26-7 win over Arkansas State. The Red Wolves actually started the scoring, as quarterback Ryan Aplin rushed for a score to put the visitors on top, 7-0, in the first quarter. The Hokies, despite a sluggish offensive day, took control from there. After a safety to make the score 7-2, Thomas found Goochland product D.J. Coles on the outside, who took the ball 49 yards for a touchdown to put the Hokies in front, 9-7. Thomas would follow it up with a four yard scoring strike to Danny Coale to put Virginia Tech up 16-7. David Wilson would add a 3 yard TD run in the second to pad the lead to 23-7 at halftime, and a third quarter field goal capped off the scoring.
Thomas's favorite target on his big day was Coale, who pulled down seven receptions for 128 yards and the score. As for the red-shirt sophomore quarterback, his 21 completions and 292 yards eclipsed his totals from the Hokies' first two games combined.
Virginia Tech will wrap up its non-conference schedule next Saturday when the Hokies travel to Marshall.