Friday Thoughts: Hokies toughen up, dig down

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It started with them chuckling derisively about Virginia Tech’s Hokie stone helmets, and talking about how poorly Logan Thomas had been playing.

It ended with them gushing over Bud Foster’s defense, praising Logan’s toughness and near-mistake-free game, and talking about the Hokies having the inside track to the Coastal Division title.

It was meant to be a celebration of Georgia Tech, from the opening sequence showing internet sensation Nick Selby to the 100th anniversary of Grant Field, but from the instant Kyle Fuller lined up tight and burst through the gap into the Jackets’ backfield, Virginia Tech took over and wrecked the party, on the Hokies’ way to a 17-10 win.

Sometimes, three hours of football can cure what ails you. Today, Hokie Nation is feeling good about Hokie football.

There’s something about last night’s win that has the fan base excited, and it’s not hard to figure out what it is: it was a masterful coaching performance by Bud Foster, Scot Loeffler pulled the right strings, and the Hokies played, tough, hard and smart in gutting out a win.

From the coaches through the players, it was the best effort Virginia Tech has put together since walloping Virginia 38-0 in Charlottesville 20 games ago.

This game was won in the first three minutes

I’ll never forget something Raleigh Hokie wrote seven years ago, after Georgia Tech beat the Hokies 38-27 in the fifth game of the 2006 season. The Jackets jumped on the Hokies quickly in that one, throwing a 59-yard pass play on the very first play from scrimmage, to James (not Calvin) Johnson. A few plays later, Calvin (not James) Johnson scored to take an early 7-0 lead.

In breaking down that play, Raleigh