The Virginia Tech Hokies notched their first victory of 2013 in convincing fashion, beating the Western Carolina Catamounts 45-3.
Continuing what seems to have become the norm in Blacksburg, it was the Hokies defense that was most impressive in the home opening rout of the Football Championship Subdivision opponent.
After an opening three-and-out for the Hokies, safety Detrick Bonner returned his third career interception 37 yards for the first score of the game. Bonner found the ball falling into his hands after freshman cornerback Kendall Fuller deflected quarterback Eddie Sullivan’s pass right into his hands.
“I thought it was a great play by Kendall Fuller with the tip. When the ball is in the air I feel like we just got to make plays,” Bonner said. “It was real big. I don’t think we had a touchdown last year so to get one in the second game it was real big.”
The pick-six was the defense’s first score since the 2010 ACC Championship Game.
Bonner, playing a deep center field, easily picked off Sullivan again in the second quarter, the third interception by the Hokies. True freshman Brandon Facyson stepped in front of a WCU pass in the first quarter.
Defensive Coordinator Bud Foster’s defense was dominant once again, allowing 162 total yards a week after they limited Alabama’s offense to 206.
“Coach Foster instills in us that we should dominate teams like this,” said Jack Tyler, who led the team with 11 tackles. “We wanted to get the goose-egg; quite frankly, we wanted to not let them cross mid-field.”
The shutout was lost in the third quarter when Kyshoen Jarrett moved out of the way of a punt after calling for a fair catch. The ball bounced off his leg, and it was recovered by the Catamounts on the Tech 11-yard line, but they were forced to settle for a field goal.
“Obviously it was a little bit of a bummer letting up three points, but that’ll happen in football,” Tyler said.