Beamer Ball Once Again Producing Top Notch Results
Virginia Tech Hokies football fans were hopeful but skeptical heading into this season. Head coach Frank Beamer is a legend and quarterback Logan Thomas appears to be one of the best in the Atlantic Coast Conference, but previous meltdowns in recent years had a large and passionate fan base subscribing to a wait-and-see type of attitude. Enter the 2013 Hokies, a confident team that has quickly rebounded from a loss in the first week to establish themselves as a force to be reckoned with.
It is true that Virginia Tech lost 35 – 10 at the hands of the Alabama Crimson Tide in the opening kickoff weekend of the college football year. The result was just about what the oddsmakers in Las Vegas predicted and no surprise to anybody who follows college football closely. Impressively, Virginia Tech has responded in the month following the nationally-televised loss with four consecutive convincing victories. The most recent triumph came this past Thursday evening against the Georgia Tech Yellowjackets in Atlanta.
In what is often looked at as one of the fiercest rivalries in the conference, Virginia Tech was able to completely stymie the Yellowjacket offense throughout the first half. Logan Thomas ended up with 221 yards passing after completing 19 out of 25 passes. One of the throws was a 21-yard touchdown toss to DJ Coles just a few minutes into the first quarter. Thomas visited the endzone himself early in the second quarter with a 5-yard rush that put his squad up 14 – 0 and in total command of the game.
Georgia Tech could manage only a field goal throughout the first 30 minutes before they were able to reach the endzone for the first time in the third quarter to make the score 10 – 14. Virginia Tech was unfazed by their efforts and Thomas quickly marched the Hokies down the field on an eight play 39-yard drive that set up a field goal to put them ahead 17 – 10, which ended up being the final score.
Optimistic fans now look ahead at the schedule that remains in the 2013 season, hopeful that Virginia Tech might actually have a shot at a BCS Bowl game. The remaining schedule is filled with mid-tier teams that don’t propose much of a threat, and the most challenging battle left on the slate is on Saturday, November 9 when Virginia Tech will be asked to travel to Miami Gardens, Florida to play the Hurricanes on their home turf.
Frank Beamer is a living coaching legend that can basically do whatever he wants, but it is clear that he will not be at the helm in Blacksburg forever. This year’s team just might bring enough attention to the University to give them one final push of success reminiscent of what happened with Michael Vick just after the turn-of-the-century. In the meantime, Hokies fans can expect to see a talented team perform to the top of their abilities thanks to motivation from a good coaching staff and a very passionate fan base that turns out in full force for each home game.