Sunday, September 20, 2015

Beamer Ball stars in Virginia Tech's 51-24 win at Purdue

                                                        Photo Credit: Geno Green

Beamer Ball ruled the land in West Lafayette, Ind., on Saturday as Virginia Tech's blocked punt recovered by Anthony Shegog for a 15-yard touchdown late in the third quarter headlined a 51-24 win over Purdue at Ross-Ade Stadium.

Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer understood the importance of playing all-around football in the postgame press conference.

“That was big,” Beamer said. “We always talk about whoever is on the field has a chance to get a score. That happened today, and that was pretty special.”

Virginia Tech (2-1) dominated on offense for a total of 471 yards (238 rushing and 233 passing).

VT quarterback Brenden Motley went 15 of 23 for 220 yards and threw for two touchdowns.

Beamer sees a ton of potential in Motley and liked what he brought to the table at Purdue.

“I think he’s doing well. I like the kid,” Beamer said. “I like how he’s handling things. He doesn’t flinch. I’ve used that word before, but he doesn’t. He hangs right in there, and he’s a good quarterback for this football team.”

For Purdue (1-2), Austin Appleby had a game to forget, going 9 of 28 passing for 110 yards and two interceptions.

“We got caught in too many third and longs, where they were able to just pin their ears back and come at us with all the exotic blitzes that they do,” Appleby said.

“They have a really good defense, and when you are playing behind the chains it makes things difficult.”

Purdue’s inability to produce on its opening drive led to a three and out and Virginia Tech would take advantage on its first drive.

Motley got into a early rhythm with a 40-yard completion to Ryan Malleck, which highlighted a 6 play, 49-yard drive capped off by a 35-yd FG make from Joey Slye to open the scoring.

The Hokies’ brand of defense/special teams struck on the Boilermakers’ next possession as Austin Appleby fumbled on 3rd and 9 as cornerback Kendall Fuller caused the fumble and Chuck Clark would benefit by scooping the ball up the ground for a 20-yard touchdown.

Purdue would respond on the next drive as Appleby’s 2-yar quarterback keeper for a TD, which highlighted a 9-play, 74-yard drive in 3:06 to close the gap to 10-7.

Danny Ezechukwu recovered a Motley fumble and went 90 yards for a TD— second longest in school history to give Purdue its first lead of the game at 14-10 with 14:03 left in the first half.

Motley connected with Hodges on a lob pass in the left corner of the end zone for a 3-yd TD reception to back up 17-14 with 8:00 remaining in the opening half.

After both teams would punt on their next possessions, The Boilermakers would even things at 17 on a 34-yd field goal by Paul Griggs.

On the next drive on 1st and Goal, Motley did not the see the snap initially, but adjusted on the fly and rushed the ball in from five yards out to the weak side for a Hokies touchdown to go back in front 24-17 with 1:08 left in the opening half.

The Hokies’ scored the next 17 points as they used a methodical ground and pound attack to wear out the Boilermakers’ front seven, which was highlighted by a 1-yard TD run up the middle by Drew Burns and a blocked punt recovered by Anthony Shegog for a 15-yard touchdown.

"The punt block for the touchdown was a low snap to the right that pulled the punter, and then we had a guy come up and under our shield,” Hazell said. “That is a physical thing; it's not a mental thing, or an assignment thing.

Purdue would not get any closer as it suffered its second double-digit loss of the season.

Looking Ahead:

Both teams return to action next Saturday as Virginia Tech travels to East Carolina for a kickoff time TBD, while Purdue hosts Bowling Green from the MAC for a Noon start on the Big Ten Network.