- The Washington Times - Monday, September 23, 2002

COLLEGE STATION, Texas It doesn't have a label as cool as "the Untouchables," and even though it was the main reason No.5 Virginia Tech beat No.19 Texas A&M;, it can't take the Aggies' "Wrecking Crew" nickname back home to Blacksburg.
So, what should the Hokies' defense be called?
"We're just a defense," linebacker Vegas Robinson said. "A 'DEFENSE,' in all capital letters."
Aided by an A&M; offense unsettled at quarterback, Virginia Tech allowed only 38 rushing yards and 118 passing in a 13-3 victory Saturday.
The Hokies (4-0) relied on their stoppers more than their scorers because the offense wasn't up to its typical high standards.
Having scored 14 touchdowns on 15 trips inside the opponent's 20-yard line in the first three games, Tech went 1-for-5 against the Wrecking Crew. The four non-TD drives resulted in two field goals, a miss and a block.
"We got in the red zone a lot and just didn't put points on the board," said running back Lee Suggs, who along with Kevin Jones make up "the Untouchables" backfield. "We dealt with it as best as we could."
Tech's offense kept getting chances because the DEFENSE kept making big plays.
In the second quarter, A&M; was up 3-0 and driving in Tech territory after recovering a fumble. Safety Willie Pile stopped that drive by intercepting a pass at the 12-yard line.
cWith game tied at 3 early in the third quarter, the Aggies had just switched quarterbacks, putting in heralded freshman Reggie McNeal. He brought alive the crowd of 83,746 by running for five yards on third-and-4, then two plays later threw an errant slant pass. Robinson intercepted, leading to the go-ahead field goal.
cLater in the quarter, McNeal moved A&M; to the Tech 30. Rover Michael Crawford threw running back Oschlor Flemming for a 5-yard loss, then defensive ends Nathaniel Adibi and Cols Colas sacked McNeal on the next two plays. The Aggies were driven back to midfield and forced to punt. Tech's ensuing drive ended in its lone touchdown, a 1-yard plunge by Suggs.
The Aggies got the ball back on the kickoff and went back to starting quarterback Dustin Long. He completed a pass to Jamaar Taylor, but Crawford popped the ball out and Pile caught it. He returned it 31 yards to the A&M; 7.
Tech's defense had been solid all season. It had allowed zero first-half points and just seven in the third quarter. The unit had prevented the Hokies from ever trailing in victories over Arkansas State, No.14 LSU and No.16 Marshall.


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