- The Washington Times - Sunday, October 2, 2005

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — A career-best performance by Marcus Vick yesterday led third-ranked Virginia Tech to a 34-17 victory against West Virginia.

The junior quarterback connected on 15 of his 17 passes for 177 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 74 yards and another score.

“Yeah, I was just trying to make a statement,” said Vick, whose gestures to the crowd were picked up on national television. “You know, earlier the crowd was just giving me a lot of grief. I just wanted to go out there and take it out on their defense.”

He did just that in the third quarter.

After Vick scrambled 17 yards before going out of bounds, he tossed the ball at West Virginia defensive back Dee McCann, who responded with a forearm to the quarterback’s chest.

Although both players picked up personal fouls, Vick’s rumble keyed Tech’s final scoring drive that ended with a 4-yard run up the middle by Cedric Humes (22 carries for 79 yards).

“He’s calmer than a lot of quarterbacks I’ve seen,” Humes said.

Vick appeared just as calm when he scored Tech’s first offensive touchdown in three years against the Mountaineers (4-1), a 10-yard draw on third down 7:02 into the first quarter.

“They say they don’t allow Virginia Tech touchdowns,” Vick said. “We definitely showed them today.”

“From the beginning of this year I’ve been saying that you haven’t seen the best of Marcus Vick,” said Brian Stinespring, the Hokies’ offensive coordinator.

Vick’s 20-yard slant pass to tight end Jeff King set up Brandon Pace’s 35-yard field goal to give Virginia Tech a 10-0 lead.

“He just keeps getting better and that’s scary, it really is,” King said.

Vick struck again with a 9-yard toss to King to make it 17-7 with 7:42 left in the half. A 29-yard pass to David Clowney set up the score.

West Virginia answered as Dorrell Jollah made an over-the-shoulder catch for a 46-yard touchdown. Tech’s Roland Minor tried to intercept the ball and missed the tackle in the process.

Down 17-14, the Mountaineers appeared ready to take their first lead. They forced the Hokies to punt, but the kick grazed return specialist Antonio Lewis’ helmet and then bounced off his chest into the arms of Tech’s D.J. Parker at the 30.

Vick soon capped another scoring drive with a 15-yard bullet to Eddie Royal that split defenders for a touchdown.

“I didn’t really think I was open,” Royal said. “He’s probably the only quarterback in the country who can make a play like that.

“You got two guys right there and he threads a needle,” said West Virginia coach Rich Rodriguez. “He made some plays.”

Virginia Tech controlled the ball for much of the second half. The teams traded field goals in the third quarter; Pace’s 41-yarder and Pat McAfee’s 21-yarder.

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