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September 22, 2012

Beamer Likes Running Approach

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Following a ho-hum first quarter, Virginia Tech turned to its running game.

After the Hokies success on the ground in previous years, that wouldn't come as a surprise. But through the first three games the rushing attack has been nearly non-existent.

Junior running back Tony Gregory had a 17-yard run, then a 9-yard run. With junior quarterback Logan Thomas and freshman J.C. Coleman mixing in positive runs, the Hokies quickly got going. The first touchdown came when Thomas hit Coleman in the left flat for 10 yards.

"I thought we had some explosive plays, and I thought Tony Gregory showed some speed out there," coach Frank Beamer said. "I thought J.C. (Coleman) showed some stuff. We're getting there. We're a work in progress, and there's no question about that. But I thought we took a step forward today."

Overall, Virginia Tech finished with 296 total yards of offense, 246 of it coming on the ground. It's the first time the Hokies ran for 100 yards this season.

Virginia Tech kept its momentum going in the second half. Redshirt freshman Michael Holmes and senior Martin Scales each ran for second half touchdowns.

"We needed a day where we had some plays and I thought the offense was very efficient and came out in the second half against the wind and went right down the field," Beamer said. "I was proud overall at how we came back. There early, we were screwing things up, but no one panicked. We hung in there, and I thought the offense got rolling pretty good."

The Hokies had another eye-rolling first quarter, with just 48 total yards of offense. But the switch was flipped on afterward, which was just what Beamer was hoping for.

"There early, we were kind of screwing things up, but nobody panicked," Beamer said. "We hung in there and I thought the offense got rolling pretty good. The thing I am proud of is we didn't lose our composure there, but I am just so proud how they came back and got into a rhythm."


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