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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 McFarling of the Roanoke Times writes, quarterback Tyrod Taylor made plays happen with his legs against the Pirates. It was the Tyrod of old. The guy they call T-Mobile in Blacksburg. "Whatever the reason," McFarling writes, "Taylor's running ability seemed under-utilized, a gift unwrapped only in emergencies."

At the same time, Taylor looked unsettled at times, bouncing around the pocket because of regular pressure from the East Carolina defensive line. The Hokies' offensive line had a tough time dealing with the Pirates' rush.

While Taylor's rushing was a departure from what we had seen earlier this season, some themes continued on Thursday. One of them was that the Hokies struggled to move the ball in the first half, as they had in losses to Georgia Tech and North Carolina. That has only given the critics of Virginia Tech's offense more ammunition, writes Bob Molinaro of the Norfolk Virginian-Pilot. And like Molinaro, I also hope nobody missed "The Office" for Thursday night's tough-to-watch contest.

Say this for the Hokies, they haven't quit on a disappointing season. The esteemed David Teel of the Newport News Daily Press writes that "style wasn't the issue on this night. Poise on the road and motivation were. With three regular-season games remaining, the Hokies showed they still care."

By Mark Viera  |  November 6, 2009; 8:20 AM ET
 
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