BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) -- Detrick Bonner returned one of his two interceptions for a touchdown and Trey Edmunds ran for two scores as Virginia Tech defeated Western Carolina 45-3 Saturday.
Bonner snagged a deflected pass and sprinted 37 yards to give the Hokies (1-1) a 7-0 lead in the first quarter.
He returned his second pick 35 yards to the Hokies' 46 late in the half, but Virginia Tech's Logan Thomas was intercepted in the end zone for the second time to end the threat. By then it was 21-0 after the first of Edmunds' 1-yard TDs and a 19-yard scoring pass from Thomas to D.J. Coles.
Chris Mangus had a 76-yard touchdown run in the third period.
The FCS Catamounts (0-2) have lost 12 straight and 28 in a row to FBS teams.
Virginia Tech Postgame Notes
courtesy Virginia Tech Athletics Communications
• Tech's permanent captains for the year are Jack Tyler, Kyle Fuller, Andrew Miller and Logan Thomas.
• Tech wore maroon helmets, maroon jerseys and white pants today. The Hokies are now 103-31 all-time under head coach Frank Beamer in this combo.
• Seventy-nine players are dressed for today's game and 40 of them had never played in Lane Stadium before today. Seventy-five of the 79 players dressed played in the game.
• True freshman fullback Sam Rogers made his first career start.
• With Kalvin Cline playing, 10 true freshmen have now played for Tech this year, the most under head coach Frank Beamer at Virginia Tech. Those 10 are: Woody Baron, Chuck Clark, Kalvin Cline, Brandon Facyson, Kendall Fuller, Mitchell Ludwig, Jonathan McLaughlin, Carlis Parker, Sam Rogers and Jerome Wright. The previous high was nine last year and in 2002. Two other times eight true freshmen played (2012, 2004).
• Mark Speir is the 122nd different head coach that Frank Beamer has faced since coming to Virginia Tech in 1987.
• Western Carolina is the seventh different school from the state of North Carolina to play in Lane Stadium.
• Detrick Bonner recorded his third career interception, returning it 37 yards for a touchdown, in the first quarter. It was the 132nd non-offensive touchdown under Beamer, the 83rd by the defense and the 55th via interception. It marked the first defensive touchdown scored by the Hokies since the 2010 ACC Championship Game when Jeron Gouveia-Winslow returned an interception 24 yards for a score. Bonner later intercepted his second pass of the game, becoming the first Hokie to have to picks in a game since Jayron Hosley did it in 2011 against Arkansas. State.
• The last time Tech picked off three passes in a game was in 2011 against Duke.
• Willie Byrn entered today's game with one career catch (Virginia, 2011), but had four catches in this game alone.
• On his first play of the game, D.J. Coles hauled in a 19-yard reception for a touchdown. It was his fourth career touchdown and the first since catching one against Clemson in the 2011 ACC Championship Game.
• Tech's leading receivers in the game - Stanford (4 rec.), Byrn (4 rec.) and Cline (4 rec.) - had a combined one reception last week against Alabama.
• Chris Mangus broke off a 76-yard touchdown run in the third quarter, a career long. After Trey Edmunds' run of 77 yards last week, that's now four runs of 75 yards or longer in the past 10 years for the Hokies, three of them coming in the last two years (J.C. Coleman last year, 86 yards vs. Duke). Each of the last three runs of 75 yards or longer came from players playing as freshmen at the time.
• Tech now has had 18 runs of 75 yards or longer in program history. This is the first time in program history (modern era; 1954) that Tech has had a 75-yard or longer touchdown run in back-to-back games.
• Logan Thomas recorded his 18th 200-yard passing game, the most under Frank Beamer. It was his 19th win as the starting quarterback, moving him into a tie for fifth place for most wins under Beamer with Maurice DeShazo (19-14-1).