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By David Keene
Conference showed that the values Reagan cherished still endure
Topic - Willie Byrn
Trey Edmunds had scoring runs of 10, 2, 4 and 1 yards for the Hokies (7-3, 4-2 ACC). Logan Thomas completed 25 of 31 passes for 366 yards, giving him consecutive games of 300 yards or more for the first time in his Virginia Tech career, and the Hokies dominated in all sorts of categories.
Thomas has turned the ball over four times in each of the Hokies' last two games, a home loss against Duke and a road setback at Boston College. The redshirt senior threw four interceptions against the Blue Devils and two more, along with two fumbles, last week.
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.
Perhaps out of concern for past knee issues, Virginia Tech's D.J. Coles continues to be used only in certain packages, most of which coming when Tech is in the red zone. He has responded well to the role – of his 11 receptions, five have gone for touchdowns.
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.
Junior receiver Willie Byrn said the coaching staff's distaste for the Pittsburgh streak has been apparent this week.
"You can certainly sense a little bit of ... just a revenge factor," Byrn said. "I don't know about all four games, but certainly last year. All of our players were there last year so we just want to go out there and beat them and give them a little taste of what they gave us last year."