Darren Evans Sets School Record As Hokies Beat The Terps

Justin CocchiolaCorrespondent INovember 7, 2008

Virginia Tech running back Darren Evans had the game of his life on Thursday night, rushing for 253 yards and one touchdown.  Sean Glennon also had a good game, throwing for 127 yards and a touchdown.

The Hokies were creative on offense for the first time all season.   Junior tight end Greg Boone lined up at quarterback a number of times, but didn't throw a pass.  Instead he had six punishing carries for 22 yards, and there were a couple of reverse handoffs that caught the Terrapins defense off guard.

This was a big win for Virginia Tech.  After losing two in a row, they went into a bye week unsure of who their quarterback would be, but Sean Glennon played like you expect a senior to play in a big situation.

Maryland came into the game ranked outside of the top 50 in rushing defense, and the Hokies obviously wanted to take advantage.  That they did, as Evans carried the ball 32 times for 253 yards.  His performance was truly special, and he broke Mike Imoh's school record of 243 rushing yards.

Thursday night, was the first time all season that Evans received more than 21 carries.  I've been lobbying for the freshman to get at least 25 carries a game, and with Josh Oglesby struggling to move the ball, Evans received the bulk of the carries.

As a team, the Hokies ended up with 273 yards rushing.  What's impressive about this, is they did it without Tyrod Taylor.  Taylor had been a big part in the Hokies running game, but didn't play due to his ankle. 

Defensively the Hokies played very good, allowing one big play the entire night, which was taken 63 yards for a touchdown.  Victor "Macho" Harris held Darrius Heyward-Bey in check all night, and the long touchdown play that went to Heyward-Bey was on the linebacking core.

Chris Turner played well, throwing for 240 yards and a touchdown, but Maryland could not make enough plays late in drives to win the game.  Da'rel Scott did not look at full strength as he had 10 carries for 11 yards.

Virginia Tech will now focus their attention on Miami for another Thursday night showdown next week.