Detrick Bonner returned one of his two interceptions for a touchdown and Trey Edmunds ran for two scores as Virginia Tech defeated Western Carolina 45-3 Saturday.
Bonner snagged a deflected pass and sprinted 37 yards to give the Hokies (1-1) a 7-0 lead in the first quarter. Click here to see photos from the game.
He returned his second pick 35 yards to the Hokies' 46 late in the half, but Virginia Tech's Logan Thomas was intercepted in the end zone for the second time to end the threat. By then it was 21-0 after the first of Edmunds' 1-yard TDs and a 19-yard scoring pass from Thomas to D.J. Coles.
Chris Mangus had a 76-yard touchdown run in the third period for his first-career touchdown to put Tech up 28-0. Trey Edmunds scored twice for the Hokies.
The FCS Catamounts (0-2) have lost 12 straight and 28 in a row to FBS teams.
It wasn't always pretty but the Hokies rolled up 462 yards of offense, and Coach Frank Beamer improved to 24-3 in home openers with the 45-3 win.
“I thought we took another step,” Beamer said. Some of it was ragged but I thought we took another step today and did some good things. I think it's a great video to learn from just like last week. We have a lot of things to get better.”
Quarterback Logan Thomas finished 17-of-31 with a touchdown and two interceptions.
“We just had to come in and play as well as we could,” Thomas said. “We had to be smart and do the right thing. Obviously we made two interceptions and we don't want that but the thing is, it's stuff that's correctable.”
Virginia Tech’s sellout streak of 93 games that dated back to 1998 came to an end Saturday at Lane Stadium.
Next up for the Hokies is a trip to Greenville to face East Carolina next weekend.