Mike Giacolone caught two touchdown passes and fullback Tony Paige ran for one touchdown and threw for another yesterday as Virginia Tech beat Wake Forest, 30-14, in Blacksburg, Va.
The Hokies (3-0) went to sophomore Paige after the Deacons (1-3) contained star tailback Cyrus Lawrence.
Wake had scored first on Wayne McMillan's 18-yard run in the last minute of the first quarter. But Coach Al Groh's team didn't score again until the final two minutes after the Hokies had substituted freely.
Paige carried 13 times for 73 yards, threw to split end Giacolone for a 32-yard touchdown with 4:42 left in the third quarter and caught an eight-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Steve Casey in the final period.
Casey passed 18 yards to Giacolone for a touchdown in the second period.
A Lane Stadium crowd of 42,200 watched the usually conservative Hokies complement the running of Paige with Casey's passes. Casey, who had thrown only 21 times in Tech's first two games, completed 15 of 27 against the Deacons.
Tech's defense, which had problems early against Wake Forest's passing quarterback, Gary Schofield, tightened in the third period, and from then on allowed Schofield only one completion in 10 attempts. Schofield finished with 18 completions in 35 passes for 206 yards.
Tech's defense was paced for the third straight week by sophomore linebacker Ashley Lee, who had 15 tackles and recovered a Wake Forest fumble that set up Paige's fullback option pass to Giacolone.
Don Wade kicked field goals of 40, 28 and 37 yards for Tech.
Wake Forest's other score came on Carlos Cunningham's six-yard run.