Like most in his
profession, Virginia Tech’s Frank Beamer is not fond of shootouts. The jarring momentum shifts cause whiplash and/or acid reflux. They render coaches powerless to stop the countless big plays.
No, give Beamer a defensive taffy-pull instead of a high-scoring epic every time.
But fans, not to mention keyboard jockeys, prefer offense, and that’s what they got Saturday in the Hokies’ 38-35 comeback victory over Miami at Lane Stadium.
Spectators certainly approved. Beamer said Monday that Lane "was as loud as it's ever been" after Logan Thomas scored the winning touchdown in the final minute.
Indeed, check out this video of Hokies fans during Miami's final timeout.
Here’s how unusual, borderline historic, the game was.
* Tech opened Lane Stadium in 1965, and Saturday was the Hokies’ 269th game there. Only once previously had both teams scored at least 35 points, that in 1992 when Virginia defeated Virginia Tech 41-38.
That game, by the way, was Terry Kirby’s last for U.Va. The All-America running back from Tabb rushed for 185 yards.
* Saturday was the first game at Lane since 2000 in which both teams scored at least 30 points. Tech defeated Pittsburgh 37-34 that afternoon as backup quarterback Dave Meyer replaced the injured Michael Vick (ankle) and Carter Warley kicked a last-minute field goal.
* Miami’s 519 yards of offense are the second-most the Hokies have allowed in a victory during Beamer’s 25 seasons. Tech defeated Maryland 55-28 in 1993 despite yielding 649 yards, which included 498 passing by Scott Milanovich and 103 rushing by Mark Mason.
The Hokies prevailed thanks to Maurice DeShazo’s four touchdown passes and 319 combined yards rushing from Tommy Edwards, Dwayne Thomas and Ranall White.
* Tech is now 3-12 under Beamer when allowing 500 or more yards. The other victory was last season at North Carolina State, where the Hokies yielded 507 but rallied to win 41-30.
Not a victory formula any coach would recommend, but given Tech’s myriad injuries on defense, one the Hokies may have to replicate this season.
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