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DEFENSE LEADS VIRGINIA TECH TO ROUT OF WEST VIRGINIA

Tailback Dwayne Thomas and a strong defense helped No. 14 Virginia Tech overcome a subpar outing by quarterback Maurice DeShazo and roll to a 34-6 victory over slumping West Virginia on Thursday night.

Thomas rushed 18 times for 94 yards before leaving with a sprained left ankle early in the fourth quarter, and the Hokies moved to a 4-0 start for the first time in 13 seasons.Virginia Tech (2-0 Big East) registered eight sacks on West Virginia's quarterbacks, hurried them six other times and intercepted two passes. The Hokies also dropped Mountaineers ball carriers for losses eight times.

West Virginia (1-4, 0-2) lost its third consecutive game and is off to its worst start since 1978, when the Mountaineers also began 1-4 on the way to a 2-9 mark.