Originally posted on Fox Sports Carolinas  |  Last updated 9/4/12
BLACKSBURG, VA -- Logan Thomas completed only 15 of his first 32 pass attempts in Monday night's season-opener versus Georgia Tech. But the junior quarterback made good on his final six attempts to lead Virginia Tech to a 20-17 overtime victory at Lane Stadium. Overall, it was a decent performance from Thomas, whom some pundits believe can eventually work his way into the Heisman Trophy race. But Hokies coach Frank Beamer defended his star some after seeing a slightly different performance from Thomas. And with some tweaking, it appears he imagines a much more productive offense moving forward. "We were just more efficient," Beamer said, in somewhat choppy sentences. "We had some good plays but dropped some balls and overthrew a couple of them... "We couldn't get into a good rhythm for ourselves. And give them credit... We did some pretty good stuff there late." There were several dropped passes that would have made a big difference and possibly led to more points. Beamer believes he has a nice corps of receivers who should mesh well with the 6-foot-6, 250-pound Thomas. "Demitri Knowles, Corey Fuller, both had some great plays tonight," Beamer said. "(Tailback) J.C. Coleman showed a burst in there a couple of times." And this without mentioning the team's top pass-catchers in Dyrell Roberts, D.J. Coles and Marcus Davis. This was the first game, and it was against a Georgia Tech team that should have a nice season and go to another bowl game. So it seems reasonable that Beamer came off as more excited by his team's play than he would later in the year. The Hokies have parts on offense, it's just a matter of doing the little things that make the whole thing click. Johnson Defends Defense Georgia Tech allowed just 174 yards over the first three quarters and six minutes of the game, but gave up an alarming 152 the rest of the way. Its coach, Paul Johnson, who is known for being hard on his team, came to the unit's defense. "They played good up until the end," he said. "It was kind of a defensive, field-position game there. Neither offense could get a whole lot going. The second half was a little more offensive, but not much. Other than on deep ball, the last couple of drives, the defense played well." Dry Spell Ends Logan Thomas' 4-yard touchdown pass to tight end Eric Martin in the first quarter was the first time the Hokies had scored in the opening period against the Yellow Jackets since 2007. In that game, Jud Dunlev converted a 28-yard field goal for the Hokies. The last first-quarter touchdown came in 2006 when tailback Branden Ore darted into the end zone from 26 yards out. Since joining the ACC in 2004, the Hokies had scored just 24 points in the first quarter versus Georgia Tech in eight previous meetings. Regardless, A Big Win In each of the last seven seasons, ever since the ACC split into two divisions, the winner of the annual Georgia Tech-Virginia Tech game went on to win the Coastal Division and play for the ACC championship. Beamer was asked after the game Monday if that same relevance of this victory may gold true. "You have an advantage, I don't think there's any question about that," he said. "But there's a lot of football. But the challenge for us, for this football team is to be a better football team."
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