“It wasn’t real clean, but it was a win. I think that’s the important thing at this time.” I think coach Frank Beamer summed it up as best he could after Virginia Tech edged out UNC 24-21 at home Thursday night.
The Hokies led 24-7 midway through the fourth quarter but sloppy play and an ineffective offense gave the Tarheels a chance to claw back. Luckily, VT played well enough through the first three quarters of the game to secure the win and put themselves in a great position leading up to the ACC Championship.
Logan Thomas played well yet again leading the Hokies. He finished the game 19 for 32 for 195 yards, throwing two touchdowns and running for another. David Wilson snapped his streak of seven-straight 100-yard rushing games, finishing the game with 82 yards. Wilson also had two fumbles, something that has plagued the Hokies leading rusher all season, those fumbles are something to keep an eye on leading up to bowl season.
It was clear towards the end of the game that the Hokies let up somewhat on defense, letting UNC back into the game and making it very tense inside Lane Stadium. UNC QB Bryn Renner led the Tarheels down the field twice late in the fourth; hitting Erik Highsmith for a 5-yard TD pass to make the score 24-14 with nearly seven minutes remaining. Then after a VT punt, Renner hit Highsmith for 64-yards on a blown coverage setting UNC up for a short TD run.
As the Tarheels set up for an onside kick with 2:30 remaining, the crowd groaned knowing their Hokies may have blown a huge oppurtinity to close the game out. Luckily, the onside kick didn’t travel the 10-yards needed and the Hokies ran the clock down far enough to ice the game.
It wasn’t pretty, but hell, it’s a win.
For the eighth consecutive season Virginia Tech has won ten games, that’s the best such streak in the country. Frank Beamer won his 250th game last night, with the recent incidents at Penn State, Frank is the winning-est active coach in college football.
The Hokies still have work to do and they know it. They’ll sit at home this weekend and watch UVA play FSU. If UVA loses, Tech will be on their way to Atlanta to play Clemson in the ACC Title game. If UVA wins…well, then it get’s interesting.
“I’d love to see them go out there and win and make it mean a lot more next week,” QB Logan Thomas said. He wants UVA to win, he wants to earn his trip to Atlanta.
UVA is the only other team in contention for the ACC Coastal division crown right now. If the Cavaliers beat the Hokies next Saturday they’ll be on their way to Atlanta for the first time since 1995.
The Commonwealth Cup game hasn’t had this much relevance in years. The Hokies have dominated the rivalry for over a decade. Still, if UVA can beat a hot Florida State squad in Tallahassee Saturday, the VT-UVA game on November 26th will be full of drama.
Untill then, enjoy a great Saturday of football.
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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.