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Hokies Journal: November 1, 2009 - November 7, 2009

Not pretty, but a win

After back-to-back losses, Virginia Tech needed a win. With a 16-3 victory at East Carolina on Thursday, the Hokies got back in the happy side of the won-loss column, but they were unconvincing. But that did not seem to matter....

By Mark Viera  |  November 6, 2009; 12:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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The TD that wasn’t

On Thursday against East Carolina, Virginia Tech’s offense routinely failed to reach the end zone when in position to do so. The Hokies scored only one touchdown in their 16-3 win over the Pirates. But their production – only one...

By Mark Viera  |  November 6, 2009; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Williams bounces back – in a big way

A week earlier, Virginia Tech running back Ryan Williams hung his head and had tears welling in his eyes after his late fumble in a loss to North Carolina. On Thursday night, Williams was all smiles after rushing for a...

By Mark Viera  |  November 6, 2009; 9:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Friday links

Well, it wasn't pretty, but Virginia Tech rebounded from back-to-back losses with a 16-3 win over East Carolina on Thursday night. There was plenty to write about after an ugly night of football. Here are your Friday links. As Aaron...

By Mark Viera  |  November 6, 2009; 8:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Odds ’n ends

Last season, tight end Greg Boone was third on the team in catches (22) for Virginia Tech. This year, Boone has caught only five passes. The numbers illustrate a shifting role for tight ends in Virginia Tech’s offense. Rather than...

By Mark Viera  |  November 5, 2009; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Gibson earns trust, and starting role

Lyndell Gibson’s career at Virginia Tech has not started smoothly. He fell into legal trouble and was suspended from the team in last year’s spring practices. But on Thursday, Gibson will make his first career start for the Hokies. Gibson,...

By Mark Viera  |  November 5, 2009; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Thursday links

Another Thursday, another game day. Here are your links. In Greenville, N.C., the folks at East Carolina welcome back Virginia Tech, a team viewed as a rival. The series between the Hokies and Pirates dates back to 1956. Thursday's game...

By Mark Viera  |  November 5, 2009; 8:53 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Loss to ECU still painful

In last year’s season-opener, Virginia Tech lost to East Carolina, 27-22, after the Pirates blocked a punt and returned it for a touchdown with 1 minute 52 seconds remaining. “I’ve never had it happen before,” punter Brent Bowden told reporters...

By Mark Viera  |  November 4, 2009; 2:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Wednesday links

Thursday is almost here, which means Virginia Tech's players will have the chance to get the bad taste out of their mouths after a disappointing loss their last time out. Wait. Wasn't that supposed to happen against North Carolina? Moving...

By Mark Viera  |  November 4, 2009; 9:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Warren doubtful vs. ECU

Virginia Tech center Beau Warren, who injured his left knee against North Carolina last Thursday, was listed as doubtful to play Thursday, when the No. 22 Hokies play at East Carolina. Backup Michael Via will start at center if Warren...

By Mark Viera  |  November 3, 2009; 4:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Greenberg Tweets the World Series

On Monday, the Philadelphia Phillies breathed life into their comeback bid in the World Series, defeating the New York Yankees, 8-6, to send the series back to the Bronx for Games 6 on Wednesday. New York leads the series, three...

By Mark Viera  |  November 3, 2009; 10:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Former Hokie Flowers saw Hosley’s potential

Just like former Virginia Tech cornerback Brandon Flowers, punt returner Jayron Hosley is from Atlantic High School in Delray Beach, Fla. Hosley, a freshman, has emerged as special teams threat for the Hokies. After growing up with Hosley, Flowers said...

By Mark Viera  |  November 3, 2009; 9:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Tuesday links

It's Tuesday, so that means a full slate of news conferences at Lane Stadium. While you wait for the information from that, here are some links. East Carolina plays in Conference USA. But for the next few days, Pirates Coach...

By Mark Viera  |  November 3, 2009; 8:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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With Warren injured, Via sees heightened role

When Virginia Tech center Beau Warren went down in the third quarter against North Carolina, offensive coordinator Bryan Stinespring knew it was not a minor injury. “For Beau to go down, you knew it had to be bad,” Stinespring said....

By Mark Viera  |  November 2, 2009; 12:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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After weekend, Williams moving on from fumble

In the moments after Virginia Tech’s 20-17 loss to North Carolina on Thursday, running back Ryan Williams was devastated after losing a fumble that set up the Tar Heels’ game-winning field goal as time expired. But he said he would...

By Mark Viera  |  November 2, 2009; 10:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Monday links

There will be plenty added to Hokies Journal later on Monday. But for now, here are some links. Quickly looking back at the weekend that was, what did we learn? ESPN.com's Heather Dinich offers her take. While Virginia Tech fans...

By Mark Viera  |  November 2, 2009; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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