Sunday, November 10, 2013

(W) Virginia Tech at Miami

Hampton Roads:
Cross another record off Logan Thomas' to-do list.

The Virginia Tech senior quarterback moved into first place on the Hokies' career passing touchdown list with a 32-yard strike to Josh Stanford in the second quarter against Miami at Sun Life Stadium on Saturday.

It was the 49th touchdown pass of Thomas' career, breaking a tie with Bryan Randall, who threw for 48 from 2001-04.

Stanford made most of the play happen, catching a pass on an underneath route on third-and-17, slipping past a few tackles and sprinting up the sideline for the touchdown, sprung by Willie Byrn's block. It gave Tech a 28-14 lead at the time.



It simply added to Thomas' long list of school records. Entering Saturday, he already was Tech's career record holder in completions (633), rushing touchdowns by a quarterback (24), total offense (9,463) and passing yards (8,152).

Thomas made his 37th consecutive start at quarterback Saturday, one shy of Randall's 38-game school record.

Ground game gets going
Trey Edmunds ran for three first-half touchdowns, the first Tech tailback with three in a game since David Wilson did so against Appalachian State in the 2011 opener.

Edmunds scored on runs of 10, 2 and 4 yards, an efficient effort. He only had six first-half carries for 34 yards. Edmunds had five rushing touchdowns entering the day. Only two of those had come in ACC play, however.

The redshirt freshman did it in what is the home stadium for the Miami Dolphins. Edmunds' father, Ferrell, played five seasons with the Dolphins as a tight end, although never in Sun Life Stadium.


Laurence Gibson
Laurence Gibson started in place of Brent Benedict at right tackle, returning to the spot at which he started the year. Benedict had his right foot in a walking boot for most of the week and didn't practice after suffering an ankle injury last weekend.

Gibson, a junior who started at right tackle against Alabama and Western Carolina to start the year, got the call. Benedict seized the starting job in Week 3 against East Carolina, with Gibson subbing in occasionally.

Kyle Fuller
After a groin injury ended his consecutive games streak at 49 at Boston College last week, senior Kyle Fuller started at cornerback Saturday night. Fuller, who was probable, played only special teams against Duke two weeks ago before sitting out to let the injury heal.

He and fellow senior Antone Exum were the Hokies' starting corners for the first time this year. Exum was making only his third appearance since coming back from offseason ACL surgery, although he had to leave briefly in the second quarter with a left ankle injury.

It was the first time this year that freshman cornerback Kendall Fuller hasn't started, either as a regular cornerback or a nickelback, although he still got plenty of playing time.

Offensively, receiver Willie Byrn played through a tailbone injury that made him questionable coming in. He didn't start but had three catches for 29 yards in the first half, in addition to a strong block on Stanford's touchdown catch.


Deon Clarke
Backup linebacker Deon Clarke did not travel with the team for Saturday's game. Virginia Tech's sports information staff did not have a specific reason for his absence.

Clarke, a redshirt freshman, is the top backup backer behind Tariq Edwards. He served a one-game suspension against Duke two weeks ago for an unspecified violation of a team rule. But he traveled with the team last week to Boston College and made two special teams tackles.

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