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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. On Thursday, the cliche that a win is a win applied for Virginia Tech’s players and coaches, who felt at ease after beating the Pirates.

“It feels real good to get everyone off our back,” linebacker Cody Grimm said. “It feels real good.”

Virginia Tech lost to Georgia Tech on Oct. 17 and North Carolina on Oct. 29. The Hokies were trying to avoid a third consecutive loss, which has only happened to them twice during the program’s run of 16-straight bowl appearances, in 1997 and 2003. The Hokies played in the Gator Bowl in 1997 and the Insight Bowl in 2003.

After back-to-back Thursday games, Virginia Tech has some time off as it resumes a regular weekday schedule, playing at Maryland on Nov. 14. Some of the Hokies players were headed home during the down period, making the win even sweeter.

“We were talking about the weekend off; a bunch of us are going home,” Grimm said. “I don’t want to sit at home again and watch everyone else play football and we lost. It’s a real good feeling to watch football and be happy about it.”

Coach Frank Beamer said it had been “a tough couple of weeks here.”

“I’m really, really proud of our players and our coaches,” Beamer said on Thursday night. “For us to come in here after last week, the tough loss at the end, it just says a lot. I use the word relentless, and that’s exactly how I’d describe this football team.”

By Mark Viera  |  November 6, 2009; 12:15 PM ET
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I wouldn't call the VT win last night "unconvincing." Not at all. Granted, VT left some points on the field that they should have had. (Tyrod Taylor's fumble out of the back of the end zone comes to mind.) But to any impartial observer, there could be no doubt who was the better team on the field last night. VT's defense frustrated ECU while the VT offense racked up 22 first downs, 375 yards, and only turned the ball over once. Add in some solid special teams play, and you have a win that, while not especially memorable, should have every Hokie fan happy today.

Posted by: danram | November 6, 2009 3:26 PM | Report abuse

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