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Motley leads Hokies to 42-3 win over Paladins

September 12th, 2015 8:10 pm by Associated Press

Motley leads Hokies to 42-3 win over Paladins

Virginia Tech's Ronny Vandyke (37) and Dean Clarke, left, block a pass by Furman quarterback Reese Hannon (12) during the first half Saturday at Lane Stadium in Blacksburg. (Don Petersen/Roanoke Times via AP)

BLACKSBURG — Brenden Motley threw two touchdown passes and ran for another score to lead Virginia Tech past Furman 42-3 on Saturday.

Motley hit 16 of 24 pass attempts for 233 yards passing in his first career start in place of Michael Brewer, who sustained a broken collarbone in Monday night’s season-opening loss to No. 1 Ohio State.

Andrew Motuapuaka scored on an 18-yard interception return, and Motley bullied in from the 4 to give the Hokies a 14-0 halftime lead.

Virginia Tech (1-1) broke it open in the second half, scoring touchdowns on its first three possessions.

Motley threw a 63-yard pass to Travon McMillian that led to a 1-yard touchdown pass to Isaiah Ford. On the Hokies’ next series, Motley completed a 23-yard pass to Ford and a 29-yard pass to Cam Phillips to set up Trey Edmunds’ 1-yard touchdown run.

The Hokies’ Adonis Alexander intercepted Reese Hannon’s pass and on the next play, Motley connected with Ford again, this time with a 32-yard touchdown pass to make it 35-3.

Virginia Tech finished with 583 yards of offense, its best since 2010 and most under offensive coordinator Scot Loeffler, who took over in 2012. The Hokies finished with 299 yards rushing and 284 yards passing.

J.C. Hollingsworth kicked a 49-yard field goal for Furman (0-2) in the third quarter.

Furman, which scored 35 points and had 525 yards of offense in its season-opening loss to Coastal Carolina, finished with just 254 yards with three turnovers against the Hokies.

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