Florida St. Seminoles QB E.J. Manuel threw a pick on his fifth pass, returned 24 yards for a score by Jeron Gouvela-Winslow. It’s hard to say whether Christian Ponder could’ve avoided the pick six, as the ball was tipped into Gouvela-Winslow’s hands anyway. Manuel is now two of five today, with two interceptions this year. Ponder threw eight picks in 294 attempts.
After Virginia Tech got the ball back near midfield, RB Darren Evans dashed 51 yards into scoring territory, then finished the drive off on his next carry. He has 60 yards on just two carries.
With Gouvela-Winslow’s pick six, the Hokies tied the Alabama Crimson Tide’s nation-leading 21 interceptions on the season. They also moved into fourth in interception return yardage. No matter how disappointing the beginning of a Hokies season may be, at least VPI fans will always have Beamerball. The Hokies have an outstanding record during Frank Beamer’s tenure in games featuring defensive touchdowns.