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Topic - Derrick Hopkins
Logan Thomas threw an early touchdown pass, Cody Journell kicked four field goals and Virginia Tech sacked Pittsburgh's Tom Savage eight times in a 19-9 victory on Saturday, sending the Hokies into their off week on a six-game winning streak.
Logan Thomas ran 2 yards for a touchdown and then ran for the 2-point conversion in the third overtime Saturday, as Virginia Tech overcame a sloppy performance and beat Marshall 29-21.
Virginia Tech has relied on its deep and talented defensive front to turn opposing offensive lines from dams to spillways. It has been the vanguard for a defense that ranks second nationally in total yards allowed (190.7 per game), tackles for loss (29), passing yards allowed (106.3 per game) and interceptions (seven).
Virginia Tech believes its defensive linemen can be giants. Or at least play like them.
Derrick Hopkins is not one to make bold proclamations. Virginia Tech's sophomore defensive tackle from Highland Springs High is a soft-spoken young man who rarely talks at length when asked questions during media interviews.
The first time Antoine and Derrick Hopkins played on the same team, they ran around, mostly aimlessly, with a Richmond-area YMCA basketball squad nicknamed the Bulls. Antoine was about 7 or 8 years old, Derrick 5 or 6.
"We weren't getting pushed back. It was just kind of a stalemate," Tech defensive tackle Derrick Hopkins said. "We just weren't as physical as we usually are."
"No, not at all," he said without hesitating. "If a person goes down, the next person's got to be able to step up. We're talented enough to be able to do that."