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Virginia Tech's Kyshoen Jarrett intercepts a pass in intended for Marshall's Devon Smith (11) in the end zone on Saturday.
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Saturday, September 21, 2013
BLACKSBURG - Virginia Tech kicker Cody Journell hoped he could redeem himself after last week's shaky outing against East Carolina. He never got the chance.
Hokies head coach Frank Beamer suspended Journell for one game prior to Saturday's 29-21 triple overtime win against Marshall.
He cited an unspecified violation of team rules and did not elaborate.
"That is the only comment I'm going to make," Beamer said when pressed on the issue.
Junior punter Ethan Keyserling, who hadn't tried a college field goal before, replaced Journell on field goals but had a rough day in the rainy weather. He missed all three of his field goal tries, from 36, 50 and 32 yards. Two of those misses came in overtime.
"He's been around a long time and he's a good kicker," Beamer said. "He was put in a tough situation today with the weather and some critical kicks."
Journell, who was with the team as it walked to the stadium, was not allowed to dress.
The senior has had disciplinary issues before. He was suspended indefinitely after being arrested on a breaking and entering charge prior to the Sugar Bowl two years ago, returning to the team seven months later after pleading to misdemeanor trespassing.
Journell was coming off the worst game of his career, when he missed an extra point and two field goals in the Hokies' 15-10 win against East Carolina, with another miss negated by a running into the kicker penalty.
Return of ‘Beamer Ball'?
Virginia Tech blocked a punt that it returned for a touchdown and blocked a field goal that prolonged the game in overtime, its best special teams showing in a while.
Kyle Fuller came off the edge untouched to block a punt on Marshall's first drive. Linebacker Derek DiNardo scooped it up and scored on an 11-yard return, giving the Hokies a 7-0 lead.
"They had a two-man shield instead of a three-man shield, and they also shifted a guy to the other side," DiNardo said. "They didn't block me either. I just came right through."
It was the Hokies' first blocked punt against a Football Bowl Subdivision team since Davon Morgan got to one in the 2010 opener against Boise State.
In the first overtime, Marshall's Justin Haig lined up for a 39-yarder that would have won the game. Defensive tackle Derrick Hopkins got up in the middle to block it.
It was the Hokies' first blocked field goal since Jason Worilds had one against Boston College in 2008.
Run, big man, run
Hopkins nearly ended the game in the second overtime with a defensive touchdown, picking up a fumble after J.R. Collins sacked Marshall quarterback Rakeem Cato.
Alas, the 60 yards of green in front of the 311-pounder was too much. Thundering Herd running back Essray Taliaferro raced him down from behind for the tackle.
"I was hoping Derrick could rumble, but he kind of ran out of gas at the end," defensive coordinator Bud Foster said. "I think anyone else but him would've scored."
Running back Trey Edmunds, who ran for 110 yards, said an exhausted Hopkins came up to him on the sideline after and said: "Man, I don't have the speed you do."
"I think that was an amazing run for a 300-pound guy," Edmunds said. "I don't think too many guys could do that."
Cornerback Kendall Fuller and safety Kyshoen Jarrett both recorded their first career interception. ... The win was the 700th in program history. The Hokies are just the 15th school in Football Bowl Subdivision history to reach that mark. ... The white uniforms with orange camo trim and helmets the Hokies wore for Military Appreciation Day will be auctioned off, with proceeds going to the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund. ... This was only the fifth triple-overtime game in ACC history. Tech's last three-overtime game came before it joined the ACC in 2002 at Syracuse, a 50-42 loss.
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