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“We just talked about playing better, getting back to the way Virginia Tech plays,” Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer said. “Flying to the football and playing with intelligent recklessness.”

After giving up more than 100 yards to a tailback in back-to-back weeks, the Hokies all but eliminated Bowling Green’s Anthon Samuel from the stat sheet. Samuel finished with 32 yards on nine carries. The Falcons’ leading rusher Saturday was redshirt freshman Andre Givens, who picked up 55 yards on two carries, with 47 coming on one play against Tech’s backup defense in the fourth quarter.

After a scoreless first quarter, the Hokies’ consistently-slow-to-start offense got rolling. Coleman scored a 10-yard touchdown on a pass in the flat from Thomas with 9:25 left in the second quarter, capping the drive that included Thomas’s shoulder-lowering 3-yarder.

Less than three minutes later, Thomas hit senior wide receiver Dyrell Roberts for a 42-yard score, putting Tech up 14-0 with 6:42 left in the half.

“Once we caught our groove, there was no turning around,” Thomas said.

The Hokies added a 1-yard score from Thomas just before the half to go the locker room up 21-0. In the second half, they got short scoring runs from Holmes and senior Martin Scales and a 35-yard field goal by Cody Journell.

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