Oct. 20, 2005
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) - Marcus Vick was too elusive, and the relentless defense of No. 3 Virginia Tech proved too tough to handle for a spirited Maryland team bent on revenge.
Vick ran for a career-high 133 yards and a touchdown, and the unbeaten Hokies pulled away in the second half to a 28-9 victory Thursday night.
Mike Imoh had two touchdowns for Virginia Tech (7-0, 4-0 Atlantic Coast Conference), which scored 21 straight points after halftime to keep alive its hopes of playing for the national championship in January.
The Terrapins (4-3, 2-2) came in with a three-game winning streak and hopes of avenging a 55-6 defeat to the Hokies last November, but Vick wouldn't let it happen.
Although he threw a career-high three interceptions - all in the third quarter - the little brother of Atlanta Falcons star Michael Vick averaged 8.3 yards per carry and completed 14 of 23 passes for 211 yards.
His 8-yard touchdown run in the second quarter made it 7-0, and he directed scoring drives of 81, 99 and 37 yards in the second half.
That was more than enough support for a defense that forced two turnovers and kept the Terrapins out of the end zone until Sam Hollenbach threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to Derrick Fenner with 2:16 to go.
Hollenbach was 14-of-30 for 158 yards and two interceptions, and Lance Ball had 75 yards rushing on 15 attempts.
The Terrapins wore their alternate black jerseys for the second time this season, hoping for the same result as the last time: a 45-33 victory over Virginia on Oct. 1.
The ploy didn't work, yet Maryland could take solace in putting forth a decent performance in front of a national television audience and a crowd of 54,838, the second-largest in school history.
The Hokies scored on their first possession of the third quarter to take a 14-3 lead. A 38-yard run by Vick got Tech to the Maryland 31, and five plays later Imoh scored from the 2.
The teams then traded interceptions before Maryland's Dan Ennis came up short on a 38-yard field goal attempt.
After the Terrapins failed to capitalize on Vick's third interception, a punt left Virginia Tech on its own 1. Ten plays later, Imoh ran in from the 10 to make it 21-3 with 10:45 left.
Branden Ore added a 4-yard TD run with 6:47 to go.
The Terrapins trailed 7-3 at halftime, but they charged off the field as if they were winning - behavior that probably had a lot to do with the fact they were down 41-3 at intermission in last year's game.
Maryland threatened first, moving from its own 20 to the Tech 21 in the first quarter before James Anderson intercepted Hollenbach at the 12.
The Hokies ran only 11 plays and had minus-2 yards rushing during a scoreless first period, the only quarter this season in which Virginia Tech has failed to score.
Vick finally got the offense moving on Tech's third possession. He began an 80-yard drive with an 18-yard completion to David Clowney, then added four runs for 43 yards, including a sprint around right end for a touchdown.
The next time Tech got the ball, Vick completed a 48-yard pass to Clowney to set up a first-and-goal at the 7. On fourth down from the 1, Imoh lost possession of the ball while trying to dive over the top and Maryland recovered - the first time this season the Hokies lost a fumble.
The Terrapins then moved 73 yards in 13 plays before Ennis kicked a 38-yard field goal.
That left Vick three minutes to score. With the clock running down and Tech out of timeouts, a 20-yard field goal try by Brandon Pace bounced off the left upright.