Blacksburg, VA- Virginia Tech’s head coach Frank Beamer celebrated the start of his 25th season with the Hokies by signing an extension through 2016, and then coached Tech to a 66-13 trashing of Appalachian State.
Quarterback Logan Thomas threw two touchdown passes and running back David Wilson gained 162 yards and scored three times, including his first just 47 seconds into the game after a Mountaineers fumble.
Virginia Tech was well prepared for their season opener this year, after stumbling out of the blocks in 2010. The Hokies lost to Boise State in a national televisied showdown, before suffering a stunning loss to Championship Subdivision team James Madison to start 0-2.
Appalachian State was never in the game and was outgained 291-61 at the half, and trailed 38-0. Virginia Tech had their second-highest point total under Beamer, only bested by the 77 points they scored against Akron in 1995.
Beamer was honored before the game for his 25th season in Blacksburg, and was presented with a painting of himself by school president Charles Steger and Athletic Director Jim Weaver. It was annouced at halftime that Beamer had signed an extension through 2016.