Virginia Tech shook off a sluggish start to defeat Duke 41-20 in Lane Stadium Saturday. Afterward, coach Frank Beamer spoke with the media about the game, injuries, and the weeks ahead.
"I just told our football that that's a great, great win for our program," Beamer said. "The circumstances coming off two losses, getting down 20 to zip, I appreciate our players' poise, I appreciate our coaches' poise, no one panicked and things worked out for us."
The Hokies fell behind 20-0 in the first quarter against an upstart Duke team that was looking to clinch a bowl berth this weekend.
"I think Coach (David Cutcliffe has done an amazing job and I think that's a good football team," Beamer said of the Blue Devils. "Things kind of went our way today but I think they're a good, good football team and he has done a tremendous job."
Virginia Tech entered the game without the offensive line services of Caleb Farris and David Wang due to injuries, leaving the Hokies precariously thin on the interior of the offensive line. Things got dicey in the third quarter when junior center Andrew Miller went down with a fractured ankle.
"The tough part - I think we lost Miller there at center today. We had two offensive linemen - Farris and Wang - out and so we're just getting a little thin," Beamer said.
Beamer was particularly pleased with the play of freshman running back J.C. Coleman, who rushed for a Virginia Tech record for a true freshman with 183 yards on the ground.
"We just needed to get somebody going and I thought J.C. kind of got going...We just needed something; I thought J.C. was that guy today."
To listen to the rest of Beamer's post-game press conference, click below.