Tailbacks Otis Copeland and Desmar Becton each ran for two touchdowns to help Virginia Tech defeat William and Mary, 59-21, today in a record-breaking game at Lane Stadium.
The 59 points by Tech (6-2) set a stadium record for one team, breaking the mark of 49 the Hokies scored against George Washington in 1966 and Houston equaled in 1974. The 80 points by both teams surpassed the mark of 73 in Tech's 41-32 victory over Appalachian State in 1979.
Tech's offense also had its biggest day ever. The Hokies accounted for 617 yards, breaking the record of 605 against Houston in 1972.
Copeland scored twice from the one, giving him six touchdowns for the year. Becton, from Eastern High School in the District, ran for touchdowns of 70 and 36 yards in the fourth quarter.
Quarterback Mark Cox, from Annandale High School, threw a 58-yard scoring pass to Clarence Ellsworth. Tailback Eddie Hunter scored from the one and Nigel Bowe from the nine, and backup quarterback Todd Greenwood threw a seven-yard touchdown pass to Tony Paige.
William and Mary (4-4) scored on a three-yard pass from Dave Murphy to Glen Bodnar early in the second quarter, a 22-yard run by Dave Scanlon and a 21-yard touchdown run by Michael Clemons.