Tuesday, September 13, 2005


VOLUME 006 ISSUE 003 (2005.09.13)

Hurricane Katrina
Game Review vs. Duke
Three Key Plays of Game vs. Duke
Game Preview vs Ohio
Virginia Tech vs. Tennessee
ACC Standings
TSF Trivia


Hurricane Katrina

Virgina Tech head coach Frank Beamer in cooperation with other
NCAA coaches has created a website for coaches to donate
money and coordinate their efforts to aid the victims of Hurricane
Katrina. You can visit that website at http://allcoachnetwork.com/.

If you would like to donate your time or money to the Red Cross
to aid the victims of Katrina, you can do so via their website:


Game Review - Virginia Tech vs. Duke
by Brian "Where's the Ice?"

Virginia Tech: 45
Duke: 0

The game versus Duke gave the Hokies the exact opportunity they
needed to continue gelling this team together. It served as a
playground for the rest of the Hokie offense to gain experience
reading and reacting to Marcus Vick in gametime situations. Learning
to read your quarterback during a scrimmage against your own
teammates doesn't provide the same circumstances as doing so
against a true opponent.

Marcus Vick threw three very well placed touchdown passes. He
completed a seven yard pass to tight end Jeff King, a thirty-seven
yard pass to receiver Josh Morgan, and a thirty-five yard pass to
receiver David Clowney. Vick used the opportunity to develop
further the Hokie of fence. He stated, "I felt more comfortable. It
just seemed like things were going slow out there and I had enough
time to go through my reads and get the ball out of my hands."

Virginia Tech's running game produced as well. Upstarts Branden
Ore (spelled differently from the famous Bobby Orr of the Boston
Bruins) and George Bell produced rushing yardage and rushing
touchdowns. Running back Cedric Humes caught passes during
several well executed plays. Mike Imoh suffered a twisted ankle
midway through the game, and the coaching staff made the correct
decision to take him out of the game at that point to keep him
healthy for next week.

The Hokie defense made quite an achievement themselves: a shutout.
Duke only produced thirty-five yards over the course of fifty-three
plays. Roland Minor also turned an interception into a twenty-three
yard touchdown.

Brandon Pace had a chance to put some points on the board, and he
did with a thirty-one yard field goal.

Unexpectedly, Cory Holt took the field as the second string quarterback
instead of Brandon Pace. He played well in executing running and
passing plays. His playing instead of Sean Glennon could bode for
a repeat of 2003's season of the shared quaterback position between
Marcus Vick and Bryan Randall, but Hokie fans should hope that the
Virginia Tech coaching staff took that lesson to heart.


Three Key Plays
by "Mad" Jay

Each week TSF identifies the three most pivotal plays of the game.

1) Marcus Vick finds Jeff King at the back of the end zone to put the
Hokies up 7-0. This score opened the floodgates for the offense. It
was also a BEAUTIFUL throw and a sweet catch which reinforced the
connection that Vick and King are starting to form early-on in the

2) Roland Minor picks off a pass and returns it 23 yards for a TD.
This score really put the game out of reach and took the pressure off
the Hokies.

3) George Bell and Branden Ore TD runs. This one is a tie between the
two back-up RB's as each scored his first career college TD. I thought
both backs looked fantastic in relief of Humes and Imoh. If the Hokies
can put Ohio away early (a big IF) I would give both Bell and Ore two
or three series in a row to get them into a rhythm and see what they
can do. Alternating series is a tough way to get into the "flow" of
the game.


Gamre Preview Ohio vs. Virginia Tech
by "Mad" Jay

The Ohio Bobcats can beat Virginia Tech. They would probably lose 9
out of 10 games played against the Hokies but college football doesn't
do "series" matches. And as Ohio showed last Friday night, for any
given game, one team can beat another.

Fortunately, this Virginia Tech team has senior leadership and the
coaching staff has many holdovers from the staff that suffered through
the 1998 Temple Homecoming loss. These two factors should prevent the
Hokies from losing focus. Further to this cause is the demonstration
put on by the Hokies in their 45-0 dismantling of Duke. Virginia Tech
had an excellent excuse to be flat but the seniors and coaching staff
refused to let it happen. Now that the team has seen what they can do
when they maintain their intensity, it seems that it would be easier
to come out strong against Ohio, especially in light of the fact that
this is their home opener (as long as you don't count 70% of the fans
in Wallace-Wade Stadium last week as a "home" game).

The offense matches up very well with Ohio. The Bobcats have an
excellent secondary (both their TD's last week against Pitt were
interception returns for TD's) but they are small up front and I
expect Virginia Tech to establish the running game early and often.
Once this running game is established and Ohio has had to pull their
secondary up to help, Vick should be able to get off a few long
passes. I also would look for a few planned QB roll-out run/pass
options. Vick didn't run at all against Duke because he didn't have
to, but to keep him alert and prepared for tougher competition he
needs to be utilized in the open field a little more.

Defensively, the Hokies need to be aware of Ohio trying to emulate NC
State's game plan. Ohio will be running a lot of short crossing routes
and slants because they can't run the ball on VT. Unlike NC State,
Ohio does not have a blue chip offensive line, and Chris Ellis and
Darryl Tapp should have an excellent game. Speaking of Tapp, this guy
has it all - speed, strength, mental toughness, leadership AND he
plays hurt. He is still recovering from a groin injury suffered in the
first quarter against NC State. If he gets some good rest this week
and only plays early in the Ohio game, he can let this injury fully
heal and should really set the stage for a monster season, not that he
hasn't already played very well.

Special teams has been playing very well. Brandon Pace can still
improve on his accuracy but Nic Schmitt has just UNLEASHED himself
this season at punter. He placed 3 more punts inside the 20 last week
against Duke and at home with the adrenalin pumping, it should be fun
watching him try and kick the laces off the ball this week. Of course,
it would be even better if the Hokies didn't have to punt against
Ohio, but maybe they will inexplicably put in Cory Holt at the end of
the game instead of Sean Glennon, just to stall the offense and give
Schmitt a workout.

Don't get me started on the Holt/Glennon topic. Instead cheer on the
Hokies as they take on Ohio in the home opener. I can't wait to see
how the team responds in the newly renovated (or is that renovating)
Lane Stadium.


Time : 3:30 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 17, 2005
Location : Lane Stadium/Worsham Field, Blacksburg, Va.
Teleivsion : ESPNU
Radio : Virginia Tech ISP Sports Network
Satellite Radio: XM Satellite (Ch. 191)

ESPN Thursday Night Game:
7:30 p.m. Utah at TCU

Other ACC Games to Watch Sat., Sept. 17:

West Virginia at Maryland, JP/Raycom, 12 p.m.
Virginia at Syracuse, ESPN2, 12 p.m.
Miami at Clemson, ABC, 3:30 p.m.
Eastern Kentucky at NC State, 6 p.m.
East Carolina at Wake Forest, 6:30 p.m.
Connecticut at Georgia Tech, ESPNU, 6:45 p.m.
Wisconsin at North Carolina, ESPN2, 7 p.m.
Florida State at Boston College, ESPN, 7:45 p.m.

Other non-ACC Games to Watch Sat., Sept. 17:

Oregon State at Louisville, ESPN, 12:00 p.m.
Pittsburgh at Nebraska, ABC, 3:30 p.m.
Tennessee at Florida, CBS, 8:00 p.m.


Virgnia Tech vs. Tennessee ?

Bruton Smith, the billionaire owner of Speedway Motorsports Inc.,
has made a $20 million offer to each Virginia Tech and Tennessee
to play each other in Brisol, VA. This location sits roughly
equidistant from each school. Virginia Tech's athletic department
has expressed interest, but so far Tennessee's has not.

Nobody knows exactly when the game would take place, this season or
later, but if it does happen, it will most likely happen in the
November timeframe of the season because Nascar uses the venue where
the game would take place until then.



Florida State 1-0 2-0
Clemson 1-0 2-0
Boston College 0-0 2-0
Maryland 0-1 1-1
NC State 0-1 0-1
Wake Forest 0-0 0-2


Virginia Tech 2-0 2-0
Georgia Tech 1-0 2-0
Virginia 0-0 1-0
Miami 0-1 0-1
North Carolina 0-1 0-1
Duke 0-1 0-2


TSF Trivia

(1) Jeff King has seven touchdown catches in his College
Football career. That ties for third place for Virginia
Tech tight ends in TD receptions.

(2) If Mike Imoh carries the ball nine more yards on a kickoff
return, he'll hold sixth-place in career kickoff return yards
for Virginia Tech.

(3) Frank Beamer ranks third in total wins by active NCAA
coaches with
179, only three more than Jim Tressel of Ohio State.

(4) The Hokies victory over NC State on September 3, 2005
ranked as the highest-rated and most-watched college regular
season football game to date. It also ranks as the eighth
highest-rated televised sporting event and the fifth most-
viewed in the history of ESPN2.


"Mad" Jason Oakley
Anand "EhhTee" Trivedi
Brian "Where's The Ice?" Wrenn


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