Nov. 18, 2004
By HANK KURZ Jr.
AP Sports Writer
BLACKSBURG, Va. - Bryan Randall threw two touchdown passes and ran for another score Thursday night, helping Virginia Tech move closer to a Bowl Championship Series game with a 55-6 rout of Maryland.
One night after his mother died, coach Frank Beamer guided the No. 15 Hokies to their sixth consecutive victory, keeping them alone in first place in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
Jimmy Williams returned an interception 34 yards for a touchdown, and Mike Imoh ran for two scores before leaving with a hamstring injury. Playing their first season in the ACC, Virginia Tech (8-2, 5-1) can wrap up the conference title and a lucrative BCS berth with wins against No. 18 Virginia and at No. 12 Miami.
The Hokies scored 24 points off four first-half turnovers and yielded little on defense. They turned an interception and a fumble recovery into touchdown drives of 29 and 17 yards to lead 14-0 after four minutes.
Things never got better for the Terrapins (4-6, 2-5), whose hopes of winning their last two games to qualify for a bowl were gone by halftime, when they trailed 41-3.