Latest Frank Beamer Items
Tennessee and Virginia Tech will finally play a football game at Bristol Motor Speedway and expect to set a single-game football attendance record in what is being billed as the "Battle at Bristol."
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.
The Panthers visit Lane Stadium this week as owners of a four-game winning streak against the Hokies. That includes last season's 35-17 shellacking at Pittsburgh that knocked the Hokies out of the top 25 and kept them out until this week.
Distilled to its essence, Beamer Ball consists of making big plays in all three facets of the game. When the great Virginia Tech teams were doing just that, it was a confirmation of what Beamer spoke of Saturday: the presence of chemistry, trust and togetherness.
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).
The Hokies beat East Carolina 15-10 on Saturday with a defense that sacked Shane Carden seven times and never let the Pirates' pass-heavy spread offense run at full speed.
As Saturday's expected 45-3 demolition of Western Carolina unfolded, the question that has haunted the Hokies remained without a definite answer: Is Virginia Tech ready to contend again?