Virginia Tech shuts out Delaware 27-0 to improve to 2-0

Virginia Tech shuts out Delaware 27-0 to improve to 2-0

BLACKSBURG, Va. (WSET) - Virginia Tech's defense held Delaware to just 223 yards of total offense and pitched a shutout Saturday as the 18th-ranked Hokies beat the Blue Hens 27-0 at Lane Stadium.

On a day when the offense struggled to get going most of the game, the defense stood tall, helping coordinator Bud Foster record his 32nd shutout since taking over as sole coordinator in 1996.

The offense scored just two touchdown on the day, two TD passes from Josh Jackson. One score went to Travon McMillian for four yards with two minutes left in the first half, the other a 28-yard strike to Cam Phillips early in the fourth quarter that helped break the game wide open.

Virginia Tech's special teams accounted for the first score when Greg Stroman returned a punt 61 yards to paydirt. With that touchdown, Stroman became the first player in Virginia Tech history to return a punt for touchdown in three consecutive seasons. His three career punt returns for TDs rank tied for fourth in school history.

With the win, the Hokies move to 2-0 on the season and 52-4 against non-conference opponents at Lane Stadium since 1996. Delaware fell to 1-1 on the year.

Joey Slye’s 50-yard field goal in the second quarter marked a career high. With two field goals against Delaware, he now needs just four to pass Shayne Graham (1996-99) and become Tech’s all-time leader.

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