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October 5, 2013
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Although Virginia Tech has won it's past four games by 10 points or less, the Hokies continue to put W's on their schedule and find themselves in a prime position for an ACC Title run. Head Coach Frank Beamer isn't ready to look that far ahead though.
"I think we're looking forward to next week against Pittsburgh," Beamer said. "So we're going to improve as much as we can this week and see what we can do to get a win against Pitt. After that, we're going to look forward to the next game."
Virginia Tech will look to avenge another embarrassing loss from 2012, just as they did on Saturday afternoon against UNC. A year after allowing 48 points and over 300 yards of rushing, the defense allowed just 17 points and 99 net yards rushing.
"I would say that this football team finds a way to get it done and I like that," Beamer explained. "We grind, it's not always smooth. It's a great effort. Our practice have been great and I've told you from the beginning I like this group. Even though we have a bunch of young guys, they're getting older every game."
It would be unfair to continue without mentioning the stellar play of Logan Thomas, who finished 19-28 for 293 yards and 3 touchdowns. Beamer loves what he has seen lately from his senior quarterback.
"I think he made some great throws today," Beamer said. "He sits in the pocket and makes great throws...he's tough, he's smart, and I think the NFL definitely needs to take that guy. If If I was there, I guarantee you I'd take him."
Thomas was assumedly pleased with his performance, which included passing Tyrod Taylor for the school's career passing yardage record. The 293 yards was the fourth-highest total in his career at Tech, and he is now four touchdowns away from breaking Bryan Randall's 48 TD passes.
"Everything just felt good, the ball was coming out of my hand really well," Thomas said. "I was reading the defense well, but I was just happy to have a good first half. For the most part, we played a good game and we just have to keep getting better.
However, after showing glimpses of a solid rush attack early in the season, the ground game has struggled mightily as of late. On Saturday, the Hokies managed just 48 yards on 34 carries.
"It's just the fact that we as an offense want to run the ball better and be more productive," Beamer said. "The other side of it is you have to be able to throw it. I think we're getting closer and closer to that. It's not just a gimme that you can load the box and stop the run, and we're getting closer to being able to be productive in the run and the pass."
Even though there's still plenty of improvements to be made, not many expected Virginia Tech to be sitting at 5-1 and 2-0 in the ACC. But nonetheless, the Hokies have once again returned to the ACC Championship picture.
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