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The Hokies have been in this position before. They started 0-2 last season, then won 11 straight games. In that 14-10 loss to Boston College in 2007, quarterback Matt Ryan devastated them with a last-minute touchdown drive. Then the Hokies won five straight games and beat Boston College for the ACC title.

Beamer brought that up Saturday, saying he “felt awful” after the Boston College game, but his players still managed to respond. Now, he must hope they can do it again, starting next Saturday at home against Miami.

“This thing is far from over,” he said.

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