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Williams breaks ACC rushing record

Virginia Tech running back Ryan Williams broke the Atlantic Coast Conference's freshman rushing record in the first half of the Hokies' game Saturday against North Carolina State.

At halftime, Williams had run for 76 yards and 3 touchdowns on 26 carries. That put Williams's season total at 1,311 yards, breaking the ACC freshman rushing record set last season by the Hokies' Darren Evans (1,265 yards).

Williams broke Evans's mark with a 10-yard run in the first quarter, his ninth carry of the day. There was no acknowledgment of the milestone during the game.

With his touchdowns in the first half, Williams had 14 rushing scores and 15 overall touchdowns, adding to his Virginia Tech freshman record for touchdowns in a season. His three touchdowns tied a career high, set against Marshall on Sept. 12.

Here are some other notes:

-- Redshirt freshman Michael Via made his third collegiate start at center, in place of Beau Warren. Warren was dressed and cleared to play after missing the past two games with a Grade II sprain of the medial collateral ligament in his left knee. He was listed as probable for Saturday's game.

-- Defensive tackle Demetrius Taylor and tight end Sam Wheeler, both seniors, started on Senior Day.

-- Virginia Tech won its first coin toss in 11 games.

By Mark Viera  |  November 21, 2009; 5:13 PM ET
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