Show off your holiday lights and you could win an iPad! Enter your photo by December 13. Winner will be selected by popular vote.
Virginia Tech quarterback Logan Thomas (3) is brought down by Georgia Tech defensive lineman Adam Gotsis (96) on Thursday in Atlanta.
Monday, September 30, 2013
BLACKSBURG - Frank Beamer was unequivocal in his remarks about last year's North Carolina game, calling it a "pounding," a "hammering" and a "hammer job" in the first three minutes of his weekly press conference Monday.
Needless to say, the 48-34 loss the Hokies suffered in Chapel Hill last season is fresh on everyone's mind with North Carolina coming to town this week.
"They just hammered us," Beamer said. "So they certainly got our attention and our respect on that deal."
The Tar Heels ran for 339 yards, getting 262 from running back Giovani Bernard (who's now in the NFL), in last year's rout. No individual has rushed for more yards against a Beamer-coached Virginia Tech team.
North Carolina also returned a kickoff for a touchdown, snapping the Hokies' 19-year streak of not allowing one, and scored 48 points, the most ever in the history of the series.
"We remember the loss," Virginia Tech quarterback Logan Thomas said. "We don't want to take a loss like that again, and I think that's going to help motivate us and get us better for this upcoming week."
North Carolina (1-3, 0-1 ACC) isn't coming in on a high note. The Tar Heels lost their opener 27-10 at South Carolina. They dropped their ACC opener at Georgia Tech two weeks ago, blowing a 20-7 lead in a 28-20 loss. And last week, they fell 55-31 to East Carolina at home, giving up 603 yards to a team that Hokies beat 15-10 in Greenville a few weeks ago.
A win this week would put the Hokies (4-1, 1-0 ACC) in a favorable spot in the ACC Coastal Division standings. They'd have head-to-head wins against division rivals Georgia Tech and North Carolina, generally considered along with Virginia Tech and Miami as the four contenders. The Hokies play at Miami on Nov. 9.
"For me, I don't mind flying underneath the radar," Thomas said. "You can put Miami up front, Georgia Tech up front, UNC up front - it doesn't matter to me. We're going to come out every week and prepare the same way and just try to keep getting better just because any week in college football is a special week for somebody."
Over the line
Kicker Cody Journell received a threatening phone call after missing a 25-yard field goal against Georgia Tech that would have put the game away.
Journell informed Virginia Tech about it midday Friday. It was then relayed to both the Virginia Tech and Blacksburg police departments. Unspecified precautions have been put in place.
Beamer said that's the first case he's heard of someone threatening a player.
"It's something that you just don't think about or should think about at the college level, pro level, high school level, whatever," Beamer said. "Guys are out there doing their best, playing as hard as they can play. There's no room for that as far as I'm concerned. ... "I'll say this: that wasn't a good Hokie fan. That was somebody else that wants to try to give your program a bad name."
Journell has struggled lately. The senior missed two field goals and an extra point at ECU, with another field goal miss negated by a penalty. He was then suspended for the Marshall game for a violation of team rules.
"The thing about Cody, he knows what went wrong," Beamer said. "Some guys, they're missing and they can't figure it out. But he knows his rhythm, he knows his kick, and I feel good about it."
Thomas showed up at Monday's press conference with his right foot in a walking boot because of a foot sprain. He said it was precautionary. With that and his abdominal strain, he's a banged up quarterback.
"Everything I've done has been to myself," he said. "It hasn't been anything done to me. I just kind of planted funny on my foot, which made it pop. And my ab, I think I overstretched or something. Maybe I'm just getting old."
Beamer said a lot of guys are playing hurt. Center David Wang snapped the ball with his opposite hand all of last week in practice because of a shoulder injury. Receiver Willie Byrn is rehabbing an MCL strain he suffered in Atlanta.
"I've got a bunch of tough-guy stories for you," Beamer said. "And I like that."
Three Hokies earned ACC Player of the Week honors for their performance at Georgia Tech - right guard Andrew Miller (o-line), defensive tackle Derrick Hopkins (d-line) and cornerback Brandon Facyson (co-rookie). ... Virginia Tech's Oct. 12 game against Pittsburgh in Lane Stadium will be a noon kickoff. It will be televised by ESPNU.
Weather JournalEarly mix, then ice storm Sunday