- The Washington Times - Sunday, September 7, 2008

BLACKSBURG, Va. | Scrambling quarterback Tyrod Taylor has given Virginia Tech a spark.

The sophomore shed his red shirt Saturday and rushed for 112 yards as the Hokies (1-1) returned to a two-quarterback system to beat Furman 24-7.

“When he runs, it’s hard to tackle him - he’s shifty,” teammate Darren Evans said of Taylor.

After the Hokies lost their season opener to East Carolina, coach Frank Beamer scrapped his plan to redshirt Taylor in order to get the running game going - and it worked. Virginia Tech accumulated 261 yards on the ground against the overmatched Paladins (1-1).

Tailback Kenny Lewis Jr. caught a pass for one touchdown and ran for another, and Evans scored the third touchdown on a 3-yard run.

Chris Truss caught a 17-yard pass from Jordan Sorrells with 6:02 left in the game for Furman’s only score.

Taylor and Sean Glennon, a drop-back passer, divided the quarterback duties as the Hokies reverted to the tandem system they used last season.

“The good thing is we won,” Beamer said, but wouldn’t discuss how he thought the two-quarterback system worked. “We made some plays in the third quarter to win.”

Glennon started, but Taylor came in soon afterward and the duties rotated regularly. Glennon, a fifth-year senior, said the rotation wasn’t scripted as it was last year.

“Last year I felt like I played more consistently in drives,” he said. “Hopefully we’ll get more of a rhythm going, get our passing game going a little better next week.”

The Hokies had only 68 yards in the air - Glennon had 42.

Sorrells threw for 213 yards.

Furman coach Bobby Lamb said his team wasn’t bothered by Virginia Tech’s quarterback changes.

“Taylor is obviously bigger and stronger than what we are usually used to seeing but it didn’t surprise us,” said Lamb, whose Paladins are in the Championship Subdivision. “I think we did a pretty good job containing him outside his one long run in the second half.”

Taylor sprinted for 50 yards in a 64-yard drive capped by Lewis’ first touchdown, which came with 8:41 left in the third quarter on a 10-yard pass from Glennon.

The Hokies got possession right back on Furman’s 31 when free safety Kam Chancellor recovered a fumble, and Lewis scored on a 23-yard run to make the score 17-0.

The only score of the first half was Virginia Tech’s 22-yard field goal by Dustin Keys with 29 seconds left.

This was the first meeting of the two teams in more than 60 years, when both were in the Southern Conference. Virginia Tech plays its first ACC game of the season when it faces Georgia Tech at home next week.

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