BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — Logan Thomas helped Virginia Tech find its running game and the defense showed up, too, as the Hokies bounced back from a humbling loss a week ago with a 37-0 victory against Bowling Green.
Thomas, who had been reluctant to run in the first three games, had key runs on three consecutive drives in the second quarter. Each ended with a touchdown as the Hokies (3-1) built a 21-0 lead.
The Falcons (1-3) managed just 71 yards in the first half, switched quarterbacks midway through the third quarter and turned the ball over on downs three times in Hokies territory in the second half.
Thomas threw scoring passes of 10 yards to J.C. Coleman and 42 yards to Dyrell Roberts and ran 1 yard for another score, all in the second quarter. Not counting a sack, Thomas ran for 45 yards in the half.
After managing just 96 rushing yards last week in a 35-17 loss at Pittsburgh, the Hokies seemed determined to get their ground game going, but then bumbled their way through the first three series. The third possession ended after Thomas fumbled the snap on a third-and-9 play, rolled right and sailed a pass well over the head of Marcus Davis, and the offense left the field to a chorus of boos.
Once the Hokies found a rhythm, however, the Falcons were no match. The team from the Mid-American Conference played Florida close into the third quarter at The Swamp but couldn't do it again.
The Hokies started clicking when they took over at their 20. Thomas ran for 14 yards on a draw and showed his frustration on a simple 3-yard run a short time later. A step from the sideline, he declined to step out and instead lowered his shoulder into defensive end Charlie Walker to gain an extra yard.