Brenden Motley leads Virginia Tech past Furman 42-3
BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) Brenden Motley threw two touchdown passes and ran for another score to lead Virginia Tech past Furman 42-3 on Saturday.
Perhaps those in attendance were surprised at Motley's performance, but the Hokies longtime head coach Frank Beamer wasn't.
''I thought he played about how I thought he would,'' Beamer said.
Motley was 16 of 24 for 233 yards passing in his first career start in place of Michael Brewer, who broke his collarbone in Monday night's loss to No. 1 Ohio State.
Brewer had surgery on Tuesday and is expected to miss the next 4-6 weeks.
Enter Motley, a junior who played high school football eight miles from the Virginia Tech campus.
''He never flinched,'' Beamer said. ''He was very much in control.''
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 during the ensuing series. And on the next play, Motley connected with Ford again, this time with a 32-yard touchdown pass to make it 35-3.
''As the game goes on, you do get a little more comfortable,'' Motley said. ''You start seeing your reads better. You start seeing opportunities, and when your opportunities are there, you have to make a play.''
Virginia Tech finished with 583 yards of offense, their best since 2010 and most with 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.
The Paladins, who scored 35 points and had 525 yards of offense in their season-opening loss to Coastal Carolina, finished with just 254 yards with three turnovers against the Hokies.
''Playing an ACC team, they've got 85 scholarships and you've got 63,'' Furman coach Bruce Fowler said. ''There are obvious differences with depth on that roster, but it's also they've got a lot of really good players.''
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