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For a brief moment during the middle of last season, there was a sign, amidst a slide, that Virginia Tech could be good this season.
In the Hokies' seventh game of the season, they had a few familiar mistakes creep up that had hindered them all season. A Virginia Tech defensive lapse led to a big, opening Duke touchdown and later, the Blue Devils intercepted quarterback Logan Thomas and returned that for a touchdown to move to a 20-0 lead. The Hokies rebounded with 41 unanswered points to win.
Coach Frank Beamer doesn't quite see the same Duke team on film this season, as he saw during that game last season. Don't get Beamer wrong, the Blue Devils' offense can still put up points, but Virginia Tech is different going into this game as well.
Unlike last season, the Hokies enter this game with plenty of momentum, especially being ranked No. 14 in the latest BCS standings. And coming off a bye week, Virginia Tech is even more ready this time. The plan for the Hokies is that there won't be any catching up to do this time.
Duke had its own comeback Saturday, rallying from a 22-0 deficit to win at Virginia 35-22.
"I think it's pretty obvious that they've got the ability to score on offense and in two games in the second half, their defense has been exceptionally good," Beamer said. "I think you just turn the video on (to see that.)"
Beamer said he didn't see all of the Blue Devils' win Saturday. Like his players, he made use of his time off. Of course, he still had meetings, game planning and even recruiting mixed in, but he's also a bit more refreshed, as he hopes the Hokies are. And this time, there he also hopes there won't be a comeback needed.
"In the big picture, it's good because we got healthy, hopefully," Beamer. "We're getting ready for this tough finish here, beginning with Duke."
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