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Jackets use quick start in road win

By TIMES WIRES
Published October 1, 2006


BLACKSBURG, Va. - Reggie Ball and No. 24 Georgia Tech jumped out to a big lead and avenged last year's blowout loss to the Hokies with a 38-27 victory on Saturday.

With Ball finding receivers Calvin Johnson and James Johnson with ease, and mixing in enough of his own running to keep the No. 11 Hokies guessing, the 24th-ranked Yellow Jackets led 21-0 after just 10:48.

Ball finished 9-for-16 for 176 yards with two interceptions. He also ran for 34 yards, and Calvin Johnson caught six for 115 yards.

It looked similar to last year's game between the Techs, won by the Hokies 51-7, except that this time it was the visitors that had the upper hand all the way.

Only two fourth-quarter touchdowns by No. 11 Virginia Tech made it look closer.

A sea of fans clad in orange and maroon filled Lane Stadium, but the Yellow Jackets quickly silenced them, scoring easily the first three times they had the ball.

The Yellow Jackets gained 167 yards in their first 12 plays and were just two points shy of what Virginia Tech's first four opponents had managed to score collectively.

NO. 18 Clemson 51, LA. Tech 0: James Davis ran for 143 yards and two touchdowns to lead three Tigers who rushed for more than 100 yards. Host Clemson posted its first shutout in six seasons. Louisiana Tech had minus-24 yards rushing in the first half.

Virginia 37, Duke 0: Jeffrey Fitzgerald returned a fumble 23 yards for a touchdown late in the first half - one of several times Virginia capitalized on mistakes by host Duke - to lead the Cavaliers. The Blue Devils finished with 100 yards on 61 plays, with much of that coming in the fourth quarter.

Wake forest 34, Liberty 14: Riley Skinner threw for 218 yards and a touchdown, and host Wake Forest routed of Division I-AA Liberty. Backup tailback Kevin Harris had touchdown runs of 27 and 7 yards and De'Angelo Bryant added a 3-yard TD run for the Demon Deacons.

Boston College 22, Maine 0: Andre Callender ran for 76 yards, breaking free for a 25-yard touchdown in the second quarter as host Boston College took out its frustrations over last week's loss on Division I-AA Maine. BC allowed the Black Bears to hang around by fumbling twice - once giving the ball back on the same play that Maine fumbled in its own backfield.