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Big East: Hokies diversify scoring in rout

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Published September 28, 2003

BLACKSBURG, Va. - Virginia Tech returned an interception, kickoff and blocked punt for touchdowns in building a 40-0 lead and beating Connecticut 47-13 on Saturday.

The Hokies won their 28th consecutive game played before October, dating to 1996.

Virginia Tech has specialized in scoring on special teams and defense under coach Frank Beamer, and they got Nos. 62, 63 and 64 in the past 116 games.

The Hokies led 27-0 at halftime and made it 34-0 when Mike Imoh returned the second-half kickoff 91 yards, the Hokies first kickoff return touchdown since Tony Kennedy went 91 yards against Louisville in 1992.

Moments later, Nathaniel Adibi crashed through the line and blocked Adam Coles' punt. Chris Clifton scooped up the ball and returned it 16 yards, the Hokies' 15th blocked punt for a touchdown under Beamer.

SYRACUSE 34, TOLEDO 7: Walter Reyes ran for 162 yards and scored on runs of 61 and 43 yards for the host Orangemen.

Syracuse scored on its first two possessions. Reyes gained 24 yards rushing and another 9 on a screen pass to set up Collin Barber's 30-yard field goal.

Reyes burst 61 yards to make it 10-0 and 43 yards to make it 17-0 in the second quarter.

BC 53, BALL ST. 29: Quinton Porter threw three touchdowns and the host Eagles took advantage of two fumbles.

Tied at 7 in the final minute of the first quarter, Grant Adams recovered a fumbled punt snap in the back of the end zone for a touchdown. After Ball State's Brian Jackson kicked a 26-yard field goal three minutes into the second quarter, Derrick Knight's 42-yard touchdown run made it 21-10.

On the ensuing possession, Jazzmen Williams recovered another fumbled snap at Ball State's 11. It became 28-10 on Horace Dodd's 3-yard run.

RUTGERS 48, NAVY 27: Freshman Justise Hairston ran for 161 yards and four touchdowns for the host Scarlet Knights. Hairston scored on runs of 3, 2, 4 and 10 yards in helping Rutgers start 3-1 for the first time since 1993. Rutgers has not had a winning season since going 7-4 in 1992.

Down 21-14, Navy opened the second half by driving to the Rutgers 6. But Geoff Blumenfeld's 23-yard field goal was blocked by Jarvis Johnson. Brandon Haw scooped up the ball and ran down the right sideline for a touchdown.

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