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September 05, 2018 at 9:31 am.

Hot Hokies face FCS school on short rest

Statement made. Point proven.

Virginia Tech’s impressive 24-3 victory Monday night against then-No. 19 Florida State vaulted the Hokies up eight spots to No. 12 in the AP Top 25 poll when it was released Tuesday.

Hokies quarterback Josh Jackson and wide receiver Damon Hazelton connected for a 10-yard touchdown on the first drive and the Virginia Tech defense took care of business the rest of the way.

Next up for Virginia Tech will be William & Mary (1-0) on Saturday at Lane Stadium in Blacksburg, Va. The Tribe also won their season opener, albeit not in such a dominating fashion as the Hokies, when they defeated Bucknell 14-7.

Bud Foster’s defense started eight new players against the Seminoles and all the defense did was stop the FSU offense it its tracks. On 36 of 63 plays, the Seminoles did not make positive yards while the Hokies forced five turnovers and recorded five sacks.

“Everything they did, we saw in practice and on film,” Virginia Tech senior defensive tackle Ricky Walker told the Richmond Times. “I’m just proud. We definitely made a statement.”

Walker gave coach Justin Fuente and Foster a scare when he and teammate Reggie Floyd collided helmet-to-helmet.

“That’s two trains meeting in the night,” Walker told the Roanoke Times. “I just hyperextended my knee. I think I stepped on somebody’s foot or something. I’m good.”

Walker promised to be ready for the home opener against William & Mary.

Saturday’s game will mark the 64th meeting. The Hokies lead the series 41-18-4.

There was a time when William & Mary dominated the series — the smaller school recorded 12 straight wins against Virginia Tech from 1940 through 1953.

But the Hokies have won the past 11 meetings. The Tribe’s last win against Virginia came in 1976 — a 27-15 verdict in Blacksburg.

The last time the two teams played, Virginia Tech pulled away for a 34-9 victory Aug. 30, 2014. The Hokies outgained the Tribe 488-193 including 275-65 yards in the second half.