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Logan Thomas made the plays in leading Virginia Tech to a victory against Miami, something that he didn't happen a week earlier in a loss to Clemson.
No. 3 Oklahoma made a case to reclaim that top ranking with a Red River Rivalry rout.
Maybe it was because he didn't look or sound like a first-year starting quarterback. He towers over almost everybody he meets, his 6-foot-6, 254-pound body quickly giving away that he is not a typical 20-year-old. He has a deep voice and speaks with mature sureness, in thoughtful, complete sentences.
Virginia Tech's offense sputtered all game, the defense got burned more than once and the special teams play was lousy in the Hokies' first real test of the season.
Virginia Tech defensive line coach Charley Wiles would love it if his four linemen contributed to a shutout in Saturday night's ACC opener against Clemson — or even if they helped hold the Tigers' spread-the-field, fast-paced offense to 14 points or so. But he knows there is a big difference between idealistic and the realistic this week.
A few hours before kickoff, Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer will take a detour to a cemetery in Huntington, W.Va., where he'll pay his respects at a memorial for the 75 Marshall players, coaches and others killed in a 1970 plane crash, the worst disaster in U.S. sports history.
David Wilson's first game against Marshall was an afternoon he said he will always remember. In the second game of his true freshman season in 2009, he not only got his first collegiate carry, but ran 12 times for a career-high 165 yards.
Virginia Tech's first four opponents this season are its least compelling since 2001. That year, the Hokies rolled over Connecticut, Western Michigan, Rutgers and Central Florida to begin the season. Every year since, the first four games have included a sexy non-league opponent and/or a conference game.
The growing pains were bound to arrive at some point for Virginia Tech and its new starting quarterback. Such is life for most teams who hand over their offense to a sophomore with 26 career attempts.