KALAMAZOO, Michigan (Ticker) -- Fresh of an impressive win at Texas A&M, fifth-ranked Virginia Tech plays its final non-conference game of the season Saturday against Western Michigan.
The Hokies (4-0) climbed to fifth in the coaches' poll following last week's 13-3 victory over the Aggies. They became the first non-conference opponent to win at Kyle Field during R.C. Slocum's tenure as Texas A&M coach.
Virginia Tech held the Aggies to 156 total yards, including just 58 during their last five possessions. The Hokies forced three turnovers and recorded five sacks.
Bryan Randall completed 10-of-11 for 119 yards with no interceptions in his first career road start.
The Hokies already have defeated three ranked opponents this season, also beating Louisiana State and Marshall. Saturday's contest, however, shapes up as a breather for Virginia Tech, which will have 11 days off before visiting Boston College in a Thursday night game on October 10.
Western Michigan (1-2) faces Virginia Tech after losing to a pair of Big Ten Conference foes, Michigan (35-12) and Purdue (28-24). The Broncos, who were off last week, defeated Division I-AA Indiana State, 47-17, in their season opener.
Western Michigan coach Gary Darnell still has not settled on a full-time quarterback as Jon Drach and junior college transfer Chad Munson have split time in the first three games. Drach came off the bench to direct all four scoring drives against Purdue.
Virginia Tech's Frank Beamer and Darnell faced each other three times when they were at Murray State and Tennessee Tech, respectively. Beamer won all three meetings.
Virginia Tech, which is playing its first game in the state of Michigan, blanked the Broncos, 31-0, last year in the first meeting between the teams. Western Michigan was just 1-for-13 on third-down conversions and had only one first down rushing.