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Vick's legs carry Virginia Tech to 28-7 Terp shelling

POSTED AT 12:00 AM ON Oct. 21, 2005 

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Marcus Vick was too elusive, and the relentless defense of No. 3 Virginia Tech proved too tough to handle for a spirited Maryland team bent on revenge.

Vick ran for a career-high 133 yards and a touchdown, and the unbeaten Hokies pulled away in the second half to a 28-9 victory Thursday night.

Mike Imoh had two touchdowns for Virginia Tech (7-0, 4-0 Atlantic Coast Conference), which scored 21 straight points after halftime to keep alive its hopes of playing for the national championship in January.

The Terrapins (4-3, 2-2) came in with a three-game winning streak and hopes of avenging a 55-6 defeat to the Hokies last November, but Vick wouldn't let it happen.

Although he threw a career-high three interceptions _ all in the third quarter _ the little brother of Atlanta Falcons star Michael Vick averaged 8.3 yards per carry and completed 14 of 23 passes for 211 yards.

His 8-yard touchdown run in the second quarter made it 7-0, and he directed scoring drives of 81, 99 and 37 yards in the second half.

That was more than enough support for a defense that forced two turnovers and kept the Terrapins out of the end zone until Sam Hollenbach threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to Derrick Fenner with 2:16 to go.

Hollenbach was 14-of-30 for 158 yards and two interceptions, and Lance Ball had 75 yards rushing on 15 attempts.

The Terrapins wore their alternate black jerseys for the second time this season, hoping for the same result as the last time: a 45-33 victory over Virginia on Oct. 1.

The ploy didn't work, yet Maryland could take solace in putting forth a decent performance in front of a national television audience and a crowd of 54,838, the second-largest in school history.

 

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