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Final Grades: Win At Miami

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In what was a stunner to most, Virginia Tech took advantage of some lucky bounces, Miami turnovers and a big offensive night Saturday to upset the Hurricanes. Having seen the game in person, replays and thought it over, here's publisher Jason Stamm's exam of Virginia Tech's win:
Following two weeks of big number with turnovers, senior quarterback
Finally, the running game has returned and it was a three-headed monster between Thomas, redshirt freshman
Wow, talk about a 180 from the season-opener when there were so many drops. Even in wet and windy conditions, these guys caught just about everything in their vicinity. The biggest thing from here though is it looks for now like the game
Sure, Thomas was sacked twice, but for the first time in seven games, the running game thrived, thanks in large part to the offensive line creating holes and holding their spots. Players after the game, including Thomas, alluded to a stepped-up effort from these guys and it showed. These guys might not have made a complete 180-degree turnaround, but they were close. It helped having Thomas run less, but still, he came out of this game way more unscathed than he had been of late.
In the lead-up to the game, Miami knew it would be without its big offensive weapon, running back
Senior
If there was one area that lacked a bit it was against the pass. Morris completed just 16 passes, but that included some big gainers. Freshman
Who knew that punter
While the Hokies had gained plenty through the air the previous few weeks, offensive coordinator
The tailgating atmosphere around the stadium was impressive before the game. But that was before the rain began pouring and the wind was swirling. A majority of fans stuck around through horrible conditions, but after Edmunds' final touchdown early in the fourth quarter, they quickly filed out. Announced attendance was 49,267 and at times, they got loud. Only at the beginning though, before Virginia Tech got rolling.
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