Logan Thomas, the heir apparent to the Virginia Tech quarterback thrown, has had his up’s and down’s this season. As recently as last week against Duke Thomas looked like a young, inexperienced, not-ready-for-the-spotlight guy (in an ugly 14-10 Hokie victory). How does he follow up that forgettable performance?
By dominating a good Georgia Tech defense, in Atlanta, and getting VT one game closer to a (likely) rematch with Clemson in the ACC Title Game.
Virginia Tech, now 9-1 (5-1 in the ACC) beat the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (7-3, 4-3) Thursday Night 37-26, in resounding, entertaining fashion.
Logan Thomas played his best game at quarterback for the Hokies, both throwing and running. He finished the game merely 7 for 13 through the air, but for 209 yards and 3 TD’s. Many of his big throws came on third down when Thomas rose his level of play consistently.
“We just keep battling and battling,” Thomas said after the game.
Georgia Tech gave the Hokies all they could want for three quarters of play. The game was dead-even throughout, but big-plays and untimely penalties were what cost GT in the end.
Most notably a personal foul penalty on sophomore linebacker Jeremiah Attaochu. Late in the third quarter following GT’s go-ahead touchdown drive (TD run by Tevin Washington), on 3rd and 19 Virginia Tech looked dead to rights. Thomas dropped back to pass but was quickly stormed and flushed from the pocket. Four or five Jackets grabbed him and tried to bring him to the ground, but Thomas is one of the biggest QB’s you’ll ever see (6’6”, 255 lbs.), and he wouldn’t drop. That’s when Attaochu lost his cool, punching Thomas in the head.
“I just had an overdose of adrenalin…when I made contact with him, I was mad he wouldn’t go down,” Attaochu said after the game. That punch gave the Hokies life. I’m not one to point at one play and say: that cost them the game, but that was damn close.
GT lost all momentum after Thomas barreled through the defense for his second rushing TD of the game, VT took the lead, and they wouldn’t trail again.
At this point, I have no idea which Virginia Tech team I’m going to see on Saturday. It’s becoming more and more frusterating predicting these games (I picked GT to win in a low-scoring affair…oops) because of the Hokie’s up-and-down offense. The ACC is the weakest it’s been in years (and that’s saying something). Tech can beat Clemson now that the undefeated shine has worn off the Tigers.
The time is now for the Hokies to show consistency. They play UNC (6-1, 2-4) at home next Thursday night. The Tarheels are coming off an ugly 13-0 loss at NC State. That’ll be a winnable game, but the Hokies need to be ready.
It’s been a long season, with only two winnable games left the Hokies are looking at a potential 12-1 record and another spot in the ACC Championship game. All to do now is finish this thing off right.
RB David Wilson is amazing. He had his seventh straight 100-yard rushing game (best streak in Frank Beamer era). He finished the game with 175 rushing yards, a career high.
Although the Hokie D gave up more rushing yardage than usual, that’s to be expected against the triple-option offense. They made big stops on 4th and 1 and other short-yardage situations to turn the tide for the Hokies.
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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.