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Hokies start slow, but win

BLACKSBURG — The Virginia Tech Hokies made a quiet start of their victory against Furman Saturday, coming on strong in the third quarter with three touchdowns to take the win 24-7.
This win comes BLACKSBURG — The Virginia Tech Hokies made a quiet start of their victory against Furman Saturday, coming on strong in the third quarter with three touchdowns to take the win 24-7. as relief after their 27-22 loss against East Carolina the previous week. Head Coach Frank Beamer, while pleased with the victory, stressed the importance of the progress the team must make. “We played hard, but didn’t play as hard as we needed to,” Beamer noted.
The Hokies entered Worsham Field to the thunderous applause of the Blacksburg faithful and seemed all ready to take it to the Furman Paladins. The scoring, however, would be late-coming.
Four plays into the first drive of the first quarter came what would seem to be the new hope for Virginia Tech in recently eligible quarterback Tyrod Taylor who shared the quarterback duties with fifth year senior Sean Glennon. Taylor immediately answered these hopes with a big 15 yard scramble that put the Hokies within five yards of the Furman goal line. Three plays later, however, and the Hokies were nowhere closer and a gutsy 4th down conversion attempt proved ineffective.
The rest of the first and second quarters was much of the same for the Hokies, trading punts with Furman while neither team made any notable progress offensively. This combined with a Glennon interception made the Hokies look shaky.
Late in the second quarter, Taylor came on strong again with another big 15 yard run down to the Furman 12 yard line, where with only 33 seconds left in the half, senior Dustin Keys put the first points on the board with a 22 yard field goal. 
If the first half cast doubt in any minds of the fans, it was promptly erased by the Hokies’ third quarter offensive prowess.
Taylor came out under center with a huge 50 yard run, handing it over to Glennon who sealed the deal with a 10 yard pass to Kenny Lewis in the end zone. Add the PAT from Keys and the Hokies had 10 on the board with 8:40 to go in the third quarter.
Little more than two minutes later the Hokies recovered a fumble and put six on the board with a 23 yard rush from Lewis, only to intercept the ball on the very next Furman offensive possession and add six more with a 3 yard run from Darren Evans. Tack on two more extra points from Keys and what appeared to be a low-scoring flameout of a ball game had turned into a 24-0 shutout.
The fourth quarter saw both teams trading punts again while the clock ground down. With six minutes to go, Furman finally put points on the board with quarterback Jordan Sorrells connecting to tight end Chris Truss for a 17 yard TD. Two onside kicks from Furman proved futile, though, as the Hokies held on for the 24-7 win over the Paladins.
After the game, Beamer seemed relieved but by no means happy. He added, “We’re not playing great and we’ve got to keep getting better.” When asked how he felt about his team’s offensive performance, Beamer seemed pleased with the running game, but stressed that to be successful in the ACC “We have to be able to throw the ball well.”
As for the Hokies’ defensive performance Beamer said they “played pretty good … we got to the ball,” noting that field position was important in their victory. 
When questioned about the boos coming from the stands when Glennon took the field, Beamer took a firm stance. “I don’t like for college kids to be treated that way.”
The Hokies improved their record to 1-1 this week as they prepare for a big game away against a talented Georgia Tech team that beat Boston College on Saturday, 19-16.  
 

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Hokies start slow, but win

BLACKSBURG — The Virginia Tech Hokies made a quiet start of their victory against Furman Saturday, coming on strong in the third quarter with three touchdowns to take the win 24-7.
This win comes BLACKSBURG — The Virginia Tech Hokies made a quiet start of their victory against Furman Saturday, coming on strong in the third quarter with three touchdowns to take the win 24-7. as relief after their 27-22 loss against East Carolina the previous week. Head Coach Frank Beamer, while pleased with the victory, stressed the importance of the progress the team must make. “We played hard, but didn’t play as hard as we needed to,” Beamer noted.
The Hokies entered Worsham Field to the thunderous applause of the Blacksburg faithful and seemed all ready to take it to the Furman Paladins. The scoring, however, would be late-coming.
Four plays into the first drive of the first quarter came what would seem to be the new hope for Virginia Tech in recently eligible quarterback Tyrod Taylor who shared the quarterback duties with fifth year senior Sean Glennon. Taylor immediately answered these hopes with a big 15 yard scramble that put the Hokies within five yards of the Furman goal line. Three plays later, however, and the Hokies were nowhere closer and a gutsy 4th down conversion attempt proved ineffective.
The rest of the first and second quarters was much of the same for the Hokies, trading punts with Furman while neither team made any notable progress offensively. This combined with a Glennon interception made the Hokies look shaky.
Late in the second quarter, Taylor came on strong again with another big 15 yard run down to the Furman 12 yard line, where with only 33 seconds left in the half, senior Dustin Keys put the first points on the board with a 22 yard field goal. 
If the first half cast doubt in any minds of the fans, it was promptly erased by the Hokies’ third quarter offensive prowess.
Taylor came out under center with a huge 50 yard run, handing it over to Glennon who sealed the deal with a 10 yard pass to Kenny Lewis in the end zone. Add the PAT from Keys and the Hokies had 10 on the board with 8:40 to go in the third quarter.
Little more than two minutes later the Hokies recovered a fumble and put six on the board with a 23 yard rush from Lewis, only to intercept the ball on the very next Furman offensive possession and add six more with a 3 yard run from Darren Evans. Tack on two more extra points from Keys and what appeared to be a low-scoring flameout of a ball game had turned into a 24-0 shutout.
The fourth quarter saw both teams trading punts again while the clock ground down. With six minutes to go, Furman finally put points on the board with quarterback Jordan Sorrells connecting to tight end Chris Truss for a 17 yard TD. Two onside kicks from Furman proved futile, though, as the Hokies held on for the 24-7 win over the Paladins.
After the game, Beamer seemed relieved but by no means happy. He added, “We’re not playing great and we’ve got to keep getting better.” When asked how he felt about his team’s offensive performance, Beamer seemed pleased with the running game, but stressed that to be successful in the ACC “We have to be able to throw the ball well.”
As for the Hokies’ defensive performance Beamer said they “played pretty good … we got to the ball,” noting that field position was important in their victory. 
When questioned about the boos coming from the stands when Glennon took the field, Beamer took a firm stance. “I don’t like for college kids to be treated that way.”
The Hokies improved their record to 1-1 this week as they prepare for a big game away against a talented Georgia Tech team that beat Boston College on Saturday, 19-16.  
 

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