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Jackson, No. 18 Virginia Tech defense too much for Delaware

BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) Greg Stroman returned a punt for a touchdown and Josh Jackson threw two scoring passes to carry No. 18 Virginia Tech to a 27-0 victory over Delaware on Saturday.

Stroman broke a scoreless game late in the first quarter when he fielded a punt, made a nice cut to dodge a would-be tackler and went untouched for a 61-yard touchdown. He became the first player in Virginia Tech history to return a punt for a touchdown in three consecutive seasons.

The Hokies (2-0), coming off a last-second win over West Virginia, struggled offensively for much of the game, but got scoring strikes of 4 and 28 yards from Jackson. The latter went to Cam Phillips, who broke free on a post pattern to give the Hokies breathing room in the fourth quarter.

Jackson completed 16 of 27 passes for 222 yards.

''Obviously, we have a lot of things we need to work on, but I'm proud of them and the way that they played,'' Virginia Tech coach Justin Fuente said. ''Delaware, defensively, has a fine scheme. They know it well, and it gave us some problems offensively.

''We missed several opportunities with big plays. We didn't execute very well. I would say all week with looking at their scheme that they lined up exactly where we thought they would, and they got after us pretty well. Those two things combined made for a tough day.''

Delaware (1-1) squandered two scoring opportunities - one on a drive that ended in an interception and the other when Frank Raggo's 28-yard field-goal attempt hit the right upright.

''You know that our opportunities were going to be minimal,'' Delaware coach Danny Rocco said. ''We had to cash in on any and all opportunities in this game. Really, in reality, they did all the things that we needed to do to win the game.''

TAKEAWAYS

Delaware: The Blue Hens were overmatched against the Hokies, but they have played strong defense this season and held the Hokies to 303 yards. Delaware's defense only allowed two touchdowns and has given up just 30 points in two games.

Virginia Tech: After allowing nearly 600 yards to West Virginia, Virginia Tech's defense rebounded nicely to record Bud Foster's 32nd shutout as the Hokies' defensive coordinator. The Blue Hens only got into Virginia Tech territory three times.

PROTECTING THE BALL

Through the first two games of 2016, Virginia Tech had turned the ball over nine times. Through the first two games of this season, the Hokies have just one turnover.

''We have to,'' Fuente said. ''We have no other choice. If we don't, we are not going to put ourselves in a position to succeed.''

A MAN DOWN

The Blue Hens had only 10 players on the field when Stroman broke free on the punt return. Rocco took the blame afterward, saying he should have taken a delay penalty or called a timeout. His indecision proved costly against a Virginia Tech team that, behind Stroman, ranked in the top 10 in punt return yardage a year ago.

''You know, in that moment, we were going to take a delay and somehow, some way, the ball got snapped right there, but I have to own that,'' Rocco said. ''I could've called a timeout, so that in fact was the biggest play of the game.''

UP NEXT

Delaware returns home to face Cornell next Saturday.

Virginia Tech continues its non-conference schedule when it visits a struggling East Carolina squad next Saturday.

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Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 9:03
46-J.Slye 24 yards Field Goal is Good.
4
plays
-56
yds
01:15
pos
0
27
Point After TD 11:50
46-J.Slye extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
0
24
Touchdown 11:50
17-J.Jackson complete to 5-C.Phillips. 5-C.Phillips runs 28 yards for a touchdown.
7
plays
8
yds
02:32
pos
0
23
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 2:01
46-J.Slye extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
0
17
Touchdown 2:01
17-J.Jackson complete to 34-T.McMillian. 34-T.McMillian runs 4 yards for a touchdown.
7
plays
22
yds
01:39
pos
0
16
Field Goal 7:53
46-J.Slye 50 yards Field Goal is Good.
9
plays
22
yds
03:20
pos
0
10
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 2:45
46-J.Slye extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
0
7
Touchdown 4:01
31-N.Pritchard punts 44 yards from DEL 17. 3-G.Stroman runs 61 yards for a touchdown.
4
plays
87
yds
01:04
pos
0
6
Team Stats
1st Downs 12 15
Rushing 6 4
Passing 6 9
Penalty 0 2
3rd Down Conv 5-18 3-11
4th Down Conv 0-0 0-0
Total Net Yards 210 296
Total Plays 63 57
Avg Gain 3.3 5.2
Net Yards Rushing 107 79
Rush Attempts 46 28
Avg Rush Yards 2.3 2.8
Net Yards Passing 103 217
Comp. - Att. 8-17 16-29
Yards Per Pass 6.1 7.5
Sacked - Yards Lost 2-13 1-5
Penalties - Yards 16-98 8-80
Touchdowns 0 3
Rushing TDs 0 0
Passing TDs 0 2
Other 0 1
Turnovers 3 1
Fumbles - Lost 2-2 1-1
Int. Thrown 1 0
Punts - Avg 10-39.8 5-45.6
Return Yards 5 114
Punts - Returns 1-5 3-59
Kickoffs - Returns 0-0 0-0
Int. - Returns 0-0 1-55
Kicking 0/1 5/7
Extra Points 0/0 3/3
Field Goals 0/1 2/4
Safeties 0 0
1234T
Delaware 1-1 00000
18 Virginia Tech 2-0 71001027
103 PASS YDS 217
107 RUSH YDS 79
210 TOTAL YDS 296
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
J. Walker 3 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
47.1% 116 0 1 92.6
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
47.1% 116 0 1 92.6
J. Walker 8/17 116 0 1
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
T. Jefferson 28 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
15 28 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
15 28 0
T. Jefferson 15 28 0 8
K. Williams 32 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
7 25 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
7 25 0
K. Williams 7 25 0 17
J. Walker 3 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
16 25 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
16 25 0
J. Walker 16 25 0 14
J. Jarmon 6 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 7 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
1 7 0
J. Jarmon 1 7 0 7
J. Caruso 9 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 -9 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
1 -9 0
J. Caruso 1 -9 0 -9
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
D. Cherry 80 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 41 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
7 124 1
D. Cherry 3 41 0 23
J. Jarmon 6 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 24 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 24 0
J. Jarmon 1 24 0 24
G. Coleman II 19 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 22 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 22 0
G. Coleman II 1 22 0 22
T. Jefferson 28 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 18 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 18 0
T. Jefferson 1 18 0 18
C. Scarff 85 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 6 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 11 0
C. Scarff 1 6 0 6
V. Papale 13 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 5 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 5 0
V. Papale 1 5 0 5
Defense T-A SACK INT
B. Nichols 92 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
B. Nichols 1-0 1.0 0
M. Brown 1 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
M. Brown 1-0 0.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
F. Raggo 25 K
IN-GAME FG XP
0/1 0/0
SEASON FG XP
0/1 0/0
F. Raggo 0/1 0 0/0 0
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
J. Jarmon 6 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 5.0 5 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
1 5.0 5 0
J. Jarmon 1 5.0 5 0
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
J. Jackson 17 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
57.1% 222 2 0 147.3
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
57.4% 457 3 0 146.8
J. Jackson 16/28 222 2 0
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
J. Holston 13 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
8 32 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
8 32 0
J. Holston 8 32 0 7
J. Jackson 17 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
8 19 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
19 120 1
J. Jackson 8 19 0 8
T. McMillian 34 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
6 16 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
15 50 1
T. McMillian 6 16 0 5
S. Peoples 32 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 6 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
15 45 0
S. Peoples 2 6 0 3
D. McClease 33 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 5 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
10 56 1
D. McClease 2 5 0 4
C. Carroll 86 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 2 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
1 2 0
C. Carroll 1 2 0 2
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
C. Phillips 5 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
6 90 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
13 228 2
C. Phillips 6 90 1 28
S. Savoy 15 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
4 64 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
4 64 0
S. Savoy 4 64 0 39
C. Carroll 86 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 55 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
5 68 0
C. Carroll 3 55 0 28
J. Clark 89 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 8 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 8 0
J. Clark 1 8 0 8
T. McMillian 34 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 4 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 7 1
T. McMillian 1 4 1 4
D. McClease 33 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 1 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 1 0
D. McClease 1 1 0 1
J. Jackson 17 QB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
0 0 0
J. Jackson 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
Te. Edmunds 22 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 1 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 1 1.0
Te. Edmunds 1-0 1.0 1
Tr. Edmunds 49 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.5
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.5
Tr. Edmunds 1-1 0.5 0
V. Mihota 99 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.5
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.5
V. Mihota 0-1 0.5 0
M. Reynolds 6 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-2 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-2 0 1.0
M. Reynolds 0-2 1.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
J. Slye 46 K
IN-GAME FG XP
2/4 3/3
SEASON FG XP
3/7 7/7
J. Slye 2/4 50 3/3 9
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
O. Bradburn 91 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
5 45.6 2
SEASON NO AVG IN20
13 46.2 2
O. Bradburn 5 45.6 2 49
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
G. Stroman 3 CB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 29.0 61 1
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
3 21.0 61 1
G. Stroman 2 29.0 61 1
C. Carroll 86 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 1.0 1 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
1 1.0 1 0
C. Carroll 1 1.0 1 0
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 DE 25 4:45 11 28 Punt
7:37 DE 11 1:26 3 5 Punt
5:05 DE 11 1:04 4 87 TD
2:45 DE 25 2:01 4 19 Punt
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:37 DE 27 1:25 7 0 Punt
7:47 DE 25 3:47 8 72 FG Miss
2:01 DE 25 0:18 3 4 Punt
1:01 DE 27 0:37 4 0 Punt
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:57 DE 22 7:49 13 65 INT
4:47 DE 17 1:25 3 -5 Punt
0:46 DE 34 0:43 2 -5 End of quarter
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
11:50 DE 25 1:23 3 -15
8:59 DE 25 3:53 8 27 FUMBLE
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
9:38 VATECH 20 1:41 6 20 Punt
5:32 VATECH 42 0:23 3 0 Punt
2:45 DE 7 0:00 1 -58
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 VATECH 27 0:53 2 2 Punt
11:13 VATECH 28 3:20 9 40 FG
3:40 VATECH 20 1:39 7 22 TD
1:30 VATECH 25 0:22 3 3 Punt
0:17 VATECH 43 0:10 3 -14 End of quarter
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 VATECH 25 1:55 5 15 Punt
4:56 DE 32 0:00 1 15 FUMBLE
3:13 DE 41 2:21 6 17 FG Miss
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:22 VATECH 34 2:32 7 8 TD
10:18 DE 10 1:15 4 4 FG
4:57 VATECH 21 4:20 9 43 End of game