A week after not scoring a touchdown at home against Clemson, the Hokies offense took the field inspired and determined to make a statement. Miami (2-3, 0-2) is a team in transition, but they came to play and gave Frank Beamer’s team a fight.
The hero of the game was Logan Thomas, the Hokie QB who had been the goat after the Clemson game. A week ago Thomas struggled to throw with accuarcy, failed to hit open receivers, and looked lost at times. This week Thomas was nearly perfect, finishing the game 23-25 for 310 yards, 3 TD’s, while running for 2 more scores. The embattled redshirt sophmore QB had been doubted all season, but his coach had his back.
“He’s made out of the right stuff, and I always thought he was, always knew he was,” Frank Beamer said Saturday night. “He’s poised, he’s tough, he’s under control, he’s talented, he’s a great leader, he’s a guy you want leading your football team, and I thought he showed all those things tonight.”
The game started with each team feeling the other out, Thomas started the game with a rushing score, than a passing TD; putting Tech up 14-0. Miami’s QB, senior Jacory Harris knows a thing or two about pressure, and he played a great great game in his own right; finishing 13-21 for 267 yards and 3 TD’s.
At the half Tech led 21-7 after another Thomas TD pass to RB David Wilson. Wilson continued his solid play, finishing the game with 128 yards on 23 carries. For the first time all season Virginia Tech’s offense had taken pressure off it’s defense, and allowed the defense to settle in. The second half would be a trying one for the Hokie D.
Miami RB Lamar Miller (18 carries for 166 yards and a TD) ran around and through the normally stout Hokie run defense. Behind Miller’s 9 yards a carry and Harris’s accurate arm, Miami clawed back. The Hurricanes eventually battled back from a 21-7 deficit to take the lead late, but Thomas showed poise and leadership for the first time this season, and willed his offense on.
The Miami offense was nearly unstoppable in the second half Saturday. A week ago against another strong offense the Hokies couldn’t move the ball and put their defense in tough spots. This week the defense was unable to stop Miami, but the offense bailed them out.
After Miami took a the lead, 35-31 with 2:51 left in the game, Lane Stadium fell silent. Could Thomas lead a comeback? Or would the pressure be too much for the young QB?
Thomas led them down the field to the 19-yard line, facing a 4th and 1 Beamer put the game in his young QB’s hands. Running the read-option where he had the option to hand the ball off to Wilson or take it himself, Thomas kept it just hoping to get the yard he needed; but once he broke through the line he didn’t stop til he reached the goal line.
Final Score: VT 38- Miami 35
Now 5-1 and 1-1 in the ACC, Virginia Tech is very much in the thick of the ACC race. Logan Thomas may have figured it out, the Hokies may have found their QB, and the ACC should take notice.
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Written by Frank Sullivan
Frank is a graduate of Old Dominion University, sports fan, author, and founder of TheBloosh.com. He's been working with prosportsblogging.com since April 2011, and has covered the Chicago Bulls, Baltimore Ravens, Virginia Tech Hokies Football, and the Washington Wizards. Frank can be reached @franksullivan on twitter.