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ATLANTA -- It turns out, the Vegas oddsmakers were right.
Alabama indeed looked like one of the best teams in the country. But it's not as easy to see the Crimson Tide are a lock to three-peat as national champions, not when their opponent, Virginia Tech, made plenty of mistakes in helping them to a 35-10 win in the teams' season-opener.
Beamerball looks to be in its waning stages. While the Hokies used to thrive on their special teams play, it wasn't in their favor tonight.
Virginia Tech allowed a punt return and kickoff return for touchdown, both by junior Christion Jones and had an anemic passing game. Senior quarterback Logan Thomas, though he wasn't helped out by a ton of drops by his receivers, completed five of 26 passes for just 59 yards and an interception as well.
Like the spring game, in which Thomas had two interceptions returned for touchdowns, his lone one against the Tide was returned for a score as well.
It's not all doom and gloom. The Hokies' defense again looks to be one of the stoutest in the country, as Alabama had just 206 yards of total offense. And thanks to a breakout performance from redshirt freshman running back Trey Edmunds, Virginia Tech outgained the Crimson Tide, with 212 yards.
Edmunds finished with 20 carries for 135 yards and a touchdown. That score went for 77 yards in the first quarter.
It's clear though, that for the Hokies to truly go anywhere this season, special teams and the passing game have to take a few positive steps.
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