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Miami-Virginia Tech First Half Notes

With a blocked punt for a touchdown, No. 11 Virginia Tech put an emphatic stamp on the first half against No. 9 Miami. The Hokies were winning, 21-0, at halftime.

With Miami punting from its 25-yard line, Virginia Tech’s Jacob Sykes went untouched at punter Matt Bosher and stuffed the kick. The Hokies’ Matt Reidy plucked the ball at the 1-yard line and stepped into the end zone.

Reidy became the 77th different player under Coach Frank Beamer, who took over in 1987, to score on special teams. It was the 10th blocked punt return for a touchdown under Beamer.

Here are some other notes from the first half:

-- Defensive tackle Demetrius Taylor got his first collegiate start. He played in place of John Graves, who sprained his right ankle in a 16-15 win over Nebraska last weekend. Graves was limited in the first half, but he did play some.

-- Stephan Virgil returned to the field after missing the last two games with a bruised left knee. He started at boundary cornerback, while Rashad Carmichael moved back to field cornerback. Torrian Gray, the Hokies' defensive backs coach, said during the week that he expected Virgil would play at field cornerback and that Carmichael would stay at boundary cornerback.

-- Miami's 54 yards of offense in the first half were the fewest it had gained in the first half this season.

-- With 56 rushing yards in the first half, junior quarterback Tyrod Taylor passed Michael Vick for third place on the career rushing list for Virginia Tech quarterbacks. At halftime, he had 1,233 yards. Vick had 1,202 yards in two seasons.

By Mark Viera  |  September 26, 2009; 5:25 PM ET
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