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Hokies Journal: September 5, 2010 - September 11, 2010

Hokies fans: I've been there

It was different this time, in the press box instead of the stands of Michigan Stadium, watching a highly ranked team lose its home opener to a division I-AA opponent. For one, I'm a Michigan alum and fan, whereas I'm...

By Mark Giannotto  | September 11, 2010; 10:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
 
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Against Virginia Tech, JMU's Drew Dudzik has a magical afternoon

When he snapped the ball on what turned out to be the game-winning touchdown Saturday, James Madison senior quarterback Drew Dudzik saw almost immediately that he was going to score. "Right after I took the first step I knew I...

By Mark Giannotto  | September 11, 2010; 6:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
 
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Hokies move on to matchup against James Madison

Considering the last two times Virginia Tech faced division I-AA opponent James Madison at home, the Hokies have won by a combined score of 90-0, Saturday's game was going to be a challenge for the Dukes no matter the circumstances....

By Mark Giannotto  | September 10, 2010; 2:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
 
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Hokies DE Chris Drager will miss game vs. JMU

Virginia Tech defensive end Chris Drager has been officially ruled out of Saturday's game against James Madison after suffering a knee injury during Monday night's contest against Boise State. The extent of the injury is not known, but Drager, a...

By Mark Giannotto  | September 10, 2010; 9:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Virginia Tech, Boise State set ESPN ratings records

Not only did Boise State's dramatic 33-30 victory over Virginia Tech live up to much of the preseason hype on the field, it also attracted a record amount of eyeballs to the television screen Monday night. According to ESPN, Monday...

By Mark Giannotto  | September 9, 2010; 12:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
 
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The Hokies rally around their young players

During the preseason, Coach Frank Beamer tried his best to balance Virginia Tech's lofty expectations with the fact that his defense would feature seven new starters and his travel roster would include 22 players who had never played a college...

By Mark Giannotto  | September 9, 2010; 11:27 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Virginia Tech's rushing attack humbled for a night

The numbers say Virginia Tech’s vaunted rushing attack had a clunker of a season debut Monday night against Boise State. The Hokies finished with 128 yards on 44 attempts on the ground, an average of just 2.9 yards per carry....

By Mark Giannotto  | September 9, 2010; 8:13 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Tyrod Taylor: 'We beat ourselves'

Where to start with this one? A disastrous first quarter for Virginia Tech followed by a tremendous response. Four lead changes in the second half. A near-perfect game-winning drive. Let's just dive right in. Call me an eternal optimist but...

By Mark Giannotto  | September 7, 2010; 2:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
 
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The wait is finally over for Virginia Tech and Boise State

It's been debated about at length, and if you're anything remotely close to a college football fan, you've inevitably seen some sort of commercial promoting college football's marquee matchup of the opening weekend. But the time for talking is finally...

By Mark Giannotto  | September 6, 2010; 6:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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