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Hendon Hooker, Hokies beat #22 Wake Forest 36-17

QB, Hendon Hooker passed for 242 yards and rushed for a TD as the Hokies took down the 22nd ranked Demon Deacons.
Credit: AP
Virginia Tech quarterback Hendon Hooker (2) attempts to elude Wake Forest defender Ja'Cquez Williams (30) during the second quarter of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019, in Blacksburg, Va. (Matt Gentry/The Roanoke Times via AP)

BLACKSBURG, Va. — Hendon Hooker accounted for 311 yards of total offense and ran for a touchdown to help Virginia Tech beat No. 22 Wake Forest 36-17 on Saturday.

The Hokies (6-3, 3-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) overcame a 0-6 halftime deficit, scoring 30 second-half points to beat a ranked team for the first time since last year at then-No. 22 Duke.

Deshawn McClease scored touchdowns on back-to-back possessions in the third quarter. His 6-yard touchdown run with 7:02 remaining in the quarter gave the Hokies a 20-17 lead — one they never would relinquish. He had 59 of the Hokies' 228 yards rushing.

Hooker completed 15 of 23 for 242 yards and rushed for 69 yards. His 7-yard touchdown run with 4:38 remaining sealed it.

Wake Forest (7-2, 3-2) struggled against Virginia Tech's defense, finishing with season lows in yards (310) and points. Jamie Newman completed 16 of 35 passes for 238 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions. Kendall Hinton caught eight passes for 162 yards.