- The Washington Times - Friday, October 21, 2005

Just when Marcus Vick’s surefire arm began to let him down against Maryland last night, the Virginia Tech quarterback found his legs.

Vick ran for a career-high 133 yards and a touchdown as the Hokies beat the Terrapins 28-9. Vick, the younger brother of Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick, also threw for 211 yards, but he was intercepted a career-high three times, a fact that left him displeased with his effort.

“It just made my night horrible,” Vick said. “I don’t like that at all. When I throw interceptions, I just upset myself because that’s just not like me.

Said Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer: “I think Marcus is a guy who is going to learn from this. He certainly made a difference in this ballgame.”

In his first season as a starter, Vick has appeared spectacular at times but rarely erratic. Last night he was a little of both.

“It was a Thursday night game, and I just wanted to win,” Vick said.

The redshirt junior helped set up Virginia Tech’s second touchdown with a 38-yard run in the early minutes of the third quarter, giving the Hokies a 14-3 lead. The quick score seemed as if it would put all the momentum with Virginia Tech, but Vick threw three interceptions in the third quarter, more than doubling his total for the season.

“The only thing I said to him coming off the field is you’re going to win this thing for us,” Beamer said. “He got us out of some holes.”

Maryland failed to capitalized on the interceptions, with kicker Dan Ennis missing two field goals that would have drawn the Terps close.

Vick’s 177.2 passing efficiency rating led the ACC entering the night, but Vick appeared rattled by a tough Terrapins defense. At times he has displayed rabbit ears this season, perhaps listening a little too often during pregame warmups. Before the game, Maryland’s fans taunted him with “You’re not Michael.”

And while his passing wasn’t up to his normal standards, Vick helped Virginia Tech escape its first challenge since the season opener at N.C. State.

“I think what you’ve got is a dynamic player who can beat you with the pass and beat you with the run,” Beamer said.



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