UNC, UVA, Logan Thomas and the Big Stage

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Brrrr. That was a cold one. It was 33 degrees at kickoff of last night’s
Virginia Tech-UNC game, and the temperature steadily dropped. That fourth
quarter was brutal. It was worth it though, because the Hokies won the game,
clinched yet another 10-win season, and moved one step closer to a rematch with
the Clemson Tigers in Charlotte.

You know that scene from Dumb and Dumber when Harry and Lloyd are
driving the moped into Aspen, and it’s so cold they can barely talk or walk?
That’s what Thursday night felt like. That fourth quarter was a different level
of cold. I’m glad that one is over with.

As we talked about in the game preview, North Carolina presented some tough
matchups for Virginia Tech. The Hokies were able to get it done, and to beat
that program feels very good.

A Good Win

There are a lot of reasons why last night’s win over UNC was a good one:

  • The Hokies can now win the Coastal Division if Florida State beats UVA on
    Saturday night.
  • UNC is one of the top three teams on Tech’s schedule, in terms of talent.
  • UNC stole several recruits from Tech thanks to Butch Davis telling them
    that everyone with the UNC investigation was going to “turn out
    fine.” The Hokies definitely owed the Tar Heels one. And two or three
    more as well.
  • North Carolina had an extra week to prepare for Virginia Tech.
  • Tech has now won 10 games or more for eight years in a row.
  • Frank Beamer won his 250th game as a head coach and moved into sole
    possession of eighth place on the career wins list.

Those are a lot reasons to be happy today, even if you weren’t so happy in
the fourth quarter last night. It’s always a satisfying win to beat those guys.

Despite Impressive Roster, Carolina Finds Ways to Lose

I’m not talking about last night specifically, though you can point to Ryan
Houston’s fumble inside the five yard line as a game changing play. I’m talking
about for this season,