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Rutgers 35, Virginia Tech 16



By EVERETT MERRILL
Associated Press

PISCATAWAY, N.J. - Kyle Monangai ran for 143 yards and three touchdowns, leading Rutgers to a 35-16 win over Virginia Tech.

Gavin Wimsatt continued his trajectory as a dual-threat quarterback for Rutgers, running for a career-high 87 yards to help the Scarlet Knights get off to a 3-0 start for the third straight season. The last time Rutgers started three consecutive seasons with three straight wins was from 1959 to 1961.

The win snapped a 12-game losing streak against Virginia Tech (1-2). The teams met annually between 1992 and 2003 when they were members of the Big East Conference.

Monangai scored on runs of 19, 55 and 12 yards. Wimsatt ran for a 34-yard score and hit Christian Dremel on a 4-yard TD. He completed 7 of 16 passes for 46 yards.

Named as the starting quarterback after splitting time his first two seasons at Rutgers, Wimsatt has accumulated 407 yards passing and 148 yards rushing and has yet to throw an interception.

Virginia Tech closed to within 21-16 early in the fourth quarter, but Rutgers responded with two touchdowns, both courtesy of Monangai.

The Hokies were without their top wide receiver, Ali Jennings and starting quarterback Grant Wells, who both suffered ankle injuries in their loss to Purdue on September 9th. Wells was replaced by redshirt sophomore Kyron Drones, who completed 19 of 32 passes for 190 yards and ran for 74 yards on 22 carries in his first career start.

Rutgers scored on its first offensive play of the game, a 19-yard run from Monangai, that was set up after a Virginia Tech fumble.

THE TAKEAWAYS

Virginia Tech: With Wells sidelined with an ankle injury, Drones made a strong case for taking over at quarterback going forward. He gives the Hokies another dimension in the RPO with his ability to spread the defense, especially when the play breaks down. Wells is more of a traditional in-the-pocket QB who doesn't possess Drone's agility.

Rutgers: Monangai has emerged as one of the elite running backs in the Big Ten Conference. He has rushed for 351 yards in three games with five TDs.

September 16, 2023


Scoring Summary
First Quarter VaTechRut
Rut TD 14:17 Kyle Monangai 19 yd run (Jai Patel kick) 0 7
Second Quarter VaTechRut
VaTech FG 9:29 John Love 30 yd FG 3 7
Rut TD 7:50 Gavin Wimsatt 34 yd run (Jai Patel kick) 3 14
Rut TD 0:04 Christian Dremel 4 yd pass from Gavin Wimsatt (Jai Patel kick) 3 21
Third Quarter VaTechRut
VaTech TD 3:39 Da'Quan Felton 39 yd pass from Kyron Drones (John Love kick) 10 21
Fourth Quarter VaTechRut
VaTech TD 14:18 Bhayshul Tuten 1 yd run (failed 2pt rush) 16 21
Rut TD 10:41 Kyle Monangai 55 yd run (Jai Patel kick) 16 28
Rut TD 3:20 Kyle Monangai 12 yd run (Jai Patel kick) 16 35
Team Stats
  Virginia Tech Rutgers
First downs 18 14
  Rushing 8 11
  Passing 9 1
  Penalty 1 2
3rd Down Efficiency 5-15, 33% 6-13, 46%
4th down efficiency 2-3, 67% 0-0, -%
Rushes-Yards 39-129 34-256
Passing Yards 190 46
Return Yards 37 0
Completions-Attempts-Int 19-32-1 7-16-0
Sacks-Yards Lost 4--5 0-0
Punts 5 7
Punts-Average 42.8 41.9
Fumbles Lost 1-1 0-0
Penalties - Yards 7-75 4-35
Time of Possession 33:44 26:16
Virginia Tech Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
K. Drones 19 32 190 1 1
Rutgers Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
G. Wimsatt 7 16 46 1 0
Virginia Tech Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
K. Drones 22 74 3.4 0
B. Tuten 11 45 4.1 1
M. Thomas 5 12 2.4 0
Rutgers Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
K. Monangai 16 143 8.9 3
G. Wimsatt 11 87 7.9 1
J. Benjamin 4 20 5.0 0
S. Brown V 3 6 2.0 0
Virginia Tech Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
D. Felton 6 84 14.0 1
D. Lofton 3 26 8.7 0
A. Greene 2 24 12.0 0
D. Wright 4 21 5.3 0
S. Gosnell 2 19 9.5 0
X. Turner-Bradshaw 1 9 9.0 0
T. Holloway 1 7 7.0 0
Rutgers Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
C. Dremel 3 34 11.3 1
I. Washington 1 5 5.0 0
K. Monangai 1 3 3.0 0
S. Brown V 1 2 2.0 0
J. Langan 1 2 2.0 0
Virginia Tech Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Rutgers Interceptions
Player Int Yards
F. Dixon 1 0
Virginia Tech Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
P. Moore 5 214 42.8
Rutgers Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
F. Appleby 7 293 41.9
Virginia Tech Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
T. Holloway 1 25 25.0
Rutgers Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Virginia Tech Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
B. Tuten 1 12 12.0
Rutgers Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Virginia Tech Missed FG
Player Length
J. Love 36
Rutgers Missed FG
Player Length








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