BLACKSBURG, Virginia (Ticker) -- Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer said he would upgrade the schedule this season. Against Louisiana State, it was hard to tell.
Lee Suggs scored two touchdowns and the special teams blocked a pair of punts as 16th-ranked Virginia Tech rolled to a convincing 26-8 victory over No. 14 LSU, which looked disorganized in its season opener.
Suggs carried 22 times for 91 yards, including a six-yard touchdown in the second quarter and a two-yarder early in the final period.
Suggs' first score was set up by Justin Hamilton's punt block that gave the Hokies (2-0) possession at the LSU 29. In the closing seconds, Jason Lallis blocked another punt by Donnie Jones through the end zone for a safety.
Since Beamer arrived at Virginia Tech, the Hokies have blocked 92 kicks. He has been criticized for arranging easy non-conference schedules, but this year, Tech is playing LSU, Marshall and Texas A&M before moving into its Big East slate.
"I just told our football team they have to remember that this is just two weeks," Beamer said. "This is a long season, the longest one we have ever had. It's a good win, but it's just the second game of the season."
The defending Southeastern Conference champions, the Tigers (0-1) were expected to provide a stiffer test but played poorly in all aspects. In addition to the special teams breakdowns, LSU was pushed around on the line of scrimmage and did not score until the fourth quarter.
"I talked to our team about finding out about ourselves, not necessarily about how good or bad we are, but what kind of team we are, how we compete, what our toughness is, and I don't think we did a good job of that," LSU coach Nick Saban said. "We made so many mistakes today that we're probably very fortunate. We could've got beat a lot worse."
"We really concentrated on taking away their run and forcing them into passing situations," Beamer said.
A 17-yard punt return by DeAngelo Hall set up Tech at the LSU 27. Six plays later, Kevin Jones banged in from the 2 to open the scoring with 30 seconds left in the first quarter.
The Hokies forced a punt, and Hamilton recovered his own block at the Tigers 29. Four plays later, Suggs went over left tackle from the 6, making it 14-0 with 12:58 left in the first half.
"Somebody didn't do what they were supposed to do and someone went in and blocked a kick," Saban said.
In the third quarter, Suggs had runs of 10 and 11 yards, leading to Carter Warley's 41-yard field goal.
Early in the final period, Jones tried to go around right end and was stacked up. He broke a tackle, reversed field and raced 34 yards down the left sideline to the 2. Suggs scooted in on the next play for a 24-0 lead.
Jones had 14 carries for 70 yards. He is the other half of a backfield known as "The Untouchables."
Matt Mauck, who completed just 15-of-35 passes for 134 yards and an interception, finally put together a scoring drive. The 10-play, 82-yard march culminated in a one-yard TD run by LaBrandon Toefield with 10 minutes to play.