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November 9, 2013

Instant Analysis: VT Validation In Miami

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MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. - Virginia Tech has won plenty of big games throughout its football history. But tonight's 42-24 win over Miami should probably rank as one of the biggest and certainly most improbable.

That's especially the case after the Hokies dropped two straight, to two of the widely considered lesser teams in the ACC, Duke and Boston College. But as the rain opened up at Sun Life Stadium, so did the Virginia Tech offense.

The Hokies had easily outgained their past two opponents. Tonight was more of the same, but this time, they took better care of the ball and when they did lose a handle on the ball, in the swirling wind and rain, they got it back.

One of those went for a touchdown. Junior wide receiver Willie Byrn had a 48-yard grab late in the third quarter, but had the ball poked out from behind. In the right place at the right time, sophomore wide receiver Demitri Knowles pounced on the ball in the end zone for a touchdown. It was a constant theme of the night, with the Hokies getting the right bounce, the right call and the right placement.

And that's what winning teams typically do. Of course, they also don't let up when they get going.

A few firsts and records were accomplished by the Hokies tonight. There was senior quarterback Logan Thomas becoming the school's career leader in touchdowns, with 49. Redshirt freshman running back Trey Edmunds became the first player since Ryan Williams in 2009 to run for four touchdowns in one game.

But maybe the biggest was that for just the second time in school history, as an unranked team, Virginia Tech defeated a top 15 team. It happened last in 1989 in a win over West Virginia.

There's still life left in these Hokies. The coastal division title is still a possibility.

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