For the second straight week, Virginia Tech running back Bhayshul Tuten got rewarded for his effort, this time against the No. 4 ranked team in the country, Florida State.
One week after breaking out in a 38-21 victory over Pittsburgh at Lane Stadium in the Hokies ACC opener with 109 yards rushing on 24 carries and he had four receptions for 37 yards, including a 12-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter right before halftime for a 21-7 lead.
Against the Seminoles, he added two more touchdowns in a 39-17 loss.
Bhayshul Tuten gets ACC Specialist of the Week Honor
Tuten, who transferred from North Carolina A&T over the offseason, scored one touchdown on offense and one on special teams to earn ACC Special Teams Player of the Week Honor against Florida State.
In the second quarter right before halftime, Virginia Tech trailed 22-3 when Tuten scored on a 5-yard run and capped off the run by leaping over a Seminoles defender at the goal line. It was a run that impressed enough that social media went nuts over his effort.
Tuten wasn’t done. The Hokies received the opening kickoff of the second half and he took the ball 99 yards for a touchdown to bring Virginia Tech within 22-17 in a shocking turn of events. It was 17 straight points for Tech, but as good teams do, Florida State responded with a pair of long touchdown runs to pull away for the victory.
For the game against FSU, Tuten racked up 156 yards on kick returns against one of the top teams in the country on national television. Not too shabby.
Tuten has become a bright spot in the last weeks for the Hokies, both on offense and on special teams. He is proving that he is a Power 5 player and is a key piece of Virginia Tech’s offense and game planning going forward.