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Hokies Journal: September 20, 2009 - September 26, 2009

Making a Statement, Hokies Beat Miami

In the week leading up to Saturday’s meeting between Miami and Virginia Tech, most of the attention focused on the resurgent Hurricanes. On television and in newspapers, the Hokies players and coaches took notice as Miami became the toast of...

By Mark Viera  |  September 26, 2009; 9:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Miami-Virginia Tech First Half Notes

With a blocked punt for a touchdown, No. 11 Virginia Tech put an emphatic stamp on the first half against No. 9 Miami. The Hokies were winning, 21-0, at halftime. With Miami punting from its 25-yard line, Virginia Tech’s Jacob...

By Mark Viera  |  September 26, 2009; 5:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Pregame Notes

UPDATED | 1:35 p.m. Demetrius Taylor is listed as a starter at defensive tackle. John Graves, who has a sprained his right ankle, is a backup with Kwamaine Battle. Charley Wiles, the Hokies' defensive line coach, said he expected that...

By Mark Viera  |  September 26, 2009; 1:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Hello, Saturday

If you are reading this, you probably also have an eye on ESPN’s “College GameDay.” But don’t be fooled. This weekend’s marquee match up is happening here in Blacksburg. The meeting between No. 9 Miami (2-0, 2-0 ACC) and No....

By Mark Viera  |  September 26, 2009; 10:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Miami-Virginia Tech Preview

Records: No. 9 Miami (2-0, 2-0 ACC); No. 11 Virginia Tech (2-1) Coaches: Randy Shannon (14-13, third season); Frank Beamer (179-90-2, 23rd season) When Virginia Tech Has the Ball Virginia Tech has generally struggled to move the football. And it...

By Mark Viera  |  September 25, 2009; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Who's Going to Win?

poll by twiigs.com...

By Mark Viera  |  September 25, 2009; 9:06 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Hokies (Probably) Healthy Against Miami

No. 11 Virginia Tech will be healthy when it faces No. 9 Miami on Saturday. Probably. Cornerback Stephan Virgil (left knee injury), defensive tackle John Graves (sprained right ankle), defensive end Jason Worilds (back spasms), defensive back Eddie Whitley (left...

By Mark Viera  |  September 24, 2009; 5:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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A Classy Move by Virginia Tech

Coach Frank Beamer and the Hokies football program announced Thursday that it will be holding a fundraiser to aid Mark Herzlich, a linebacker at Boston College, in his fight with cancer. Virginia Tech will be selling wristbands for $1 on...

By Mark Viera  |  September 24, 2009; 3:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Worilds Starring Again, but Could Face Test

Not unlike last year, Virginia Tech end Jason Worilds has been a disruptive force. But against No. 9 Miami (2-0, 2-0 ACC), Worilds could face a tough test because the Hurricanes’ often use an unbalanced line to double team their...

By Mark Viera  |  September 24, 2009; 2:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Raines Fractures Foot; Out 8-10 Weeks

Cadarian Raines, a 6-foot-9, 238-pound freshman expected to add a post presence for the Virginia Tech men's basketball team, broke his left foot Tuesday in practice and is out eight to 10 weeks. Raines fractured the fifth metatarsal in the...

By Mark Viera  |  September 24, 2009; 1:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Miami’s Running Backs Pose Big Threat

There are rich story lines about the Miami Hurricanes’ offense, from dazzling sophomore quarterback Jacory Harris to its dominating offensive line to its first-year offensive coordinator, Mark Whipple, who is the hot assistant coach in college football. Perhaps easily lost...

By Mark Viera  |  September 24, 2009; 12:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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College Football Chat, 1:30 p.m.

Have a question about Virginia Tech? Maryland? Virginia? Navy? Do you want to discuss the resurgent Miami program as it heads to Blacksburg for the weekend's marquee matchup? The Post is holding an online college football chat at 1:30 p.m....

By Mark Viera  |  September 24, 2009; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Miami Presents Another Forceful Defensive Front

Although it is only September, Virginia Tech has already faced some of the nation’s top defensive linemen. And on Saturday, the No. 11 Hokies will meet another difficult defensive front in No. 9 Miami. The Hurricanes (2-0, 2-0 ACC) have...

By Mark Viera  |  September 23, 2009; 10:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Humble Coale Takes Big Catch in Stride

With his 81-yard catch in the final moments, Danny Coale became the most unassuming figure to steal the spotlight in Saturday's stunning 16-15 win over Nebraska. Coale is not the type to draw attention. He is a quiet and businesslike,...

By Mark Viera  |  September 23, 2009; 7:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Virgil Expected to Play vs. Miami

Virginia Tech cornerback Stephan Virgil, who missed the past two games with a knee injury, is expected to play Saturday against Miami. Defensive coordinator Bud Foster and Torrian Gray, the defensive backs coach, each said they expected Virgil to return...

By Mark Viera  |  September 22, 2009; 8:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Ryan Williams Unveils the Dirty Hokie

In 1988, Cincinnati Bengals running back Ickey Woods did the “Ickey Shuffle” when he reached the end zone. In the 1990s, Deion Sanders high-stepped his way over the goal line. In more recent years, Chad Ochocinco has celebrated touchdowns by...

By Mark Viera  |  September 22, 2009; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Suh Provided Big Challenge for Brooks

Virginia Tech right guard Jaymes Brooks needed some time to articulate what he learned from facing Nebraska defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh. Brooks paused for a beat and then offered a direct response: “He’s good.” In the Hokies’ 16-15 win over...

By Mark Viera  |  September 22, 2009; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Williams in the Wild Turkey

On Saturday, running back Ryan Williams got his first taste of Wild Turkey. In a 16-15 win over Nebraska, Virginia Tech ran its Wild Turkey offense for the first time this season. Williams took a direct snap and ran for...

By Mark Viera  |  September 22, 2009; 8:13 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Cheering in the Coaches' Box

On Saturday, the college football world saw a chaotic scene on the field in Blacksburg as Virginia Tech defeated Nebraska, 16-15, on a thrilling final touchdown drive. But in the Hokies' coaches’ box in Lane Stadium, there was also mayhem...

By Mark Viera  |  September 21, 2009; 3:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Against Nebraska, Hokies Allow (Another) 100-Yard Rusher

Bud Foster has been Virginia Tech’s defensive coordinator for 181 games. In that time, the Hokies have forged an identity with a defense so rugged it is symbolized by a lunch pail. But with a career-high 169 rushing yards on...

By Mark Viera  |  September 21, 2009; 2:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Roberts Redeems Himself

It appeared that Virginia Tech had lost its opportunity. With the Hokies down by 5 and trying to score late in the fourth quarter against Nebraska, Dyrell Roberts dropped what would have been a first down. At that point, there...

By Mark Viera  |  September 21, 2009; 12:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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A Happy Hokies Comeback

In the immediate aftermath of Virginia Tech’s euphoric 16-15 win over Nebraska, the most obvious comparison to Tyrod Taylor’s late-game heroics traced back to Michael Vick’s last-minute, game-winning drive over West Virginia in the 1999 season. But there was another...

By Mark Viera  |  September 21, 2009; 12:18 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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