No. 18 Hokies shut down Blue Hens

Associated Press • Sep 9, 2017 at 8:34 PM

BLACKSBURG  — 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 at Lane Stadium.

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 Hokies history to return a punt for a touchdown in three consecutive seasons.

Virginia Tech (2-0), coming off a tough, 31-24 victory over West Virginia on Sunday night, 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.

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.

After allowing nearly 600 yards to West Virginia in the season opener, Virginia Tech’s defense rebounded nicely to record Bud Foster’s 32nd shutout as the Hokies’ defensive coordinator. The Blue Hens reached Virginia Tech territory only three times.

The Blue Hens also continued their stout defensive play. They held the Hokies to 303 yards, and their defense has given up just 30 points over two games.

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