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October 9, 2011
Whatever adjustments the Hokies made worked in a 38-35 victory over Miami that restored faith in Virginia Tech as an ACC contender.
The biggest turnaround came from quarterback Logan Thomas, who entered the game with more interceptions than touchdowns and a 56.9 percent completion rate.
Against Miami, Thomas was 23-of-25 for 310 yards and three touchdowns to earn Rivals.com National Player of the Week honors. Thomas also rushed for 28 yards and two touchdowns, including the winning score on a fourth-down quarterback draw in the final minute.
"I didn't envision that at all," Thomas said, "I said I'd like to get better, but I wasn't expecting this much better."
Thomas led an eight-play, 77-yard drive capped by his winning touchdown run on fourth down in the final minute.
Thomas' 92 percent completion rate, which included a drop among two of his incomplete passes, is a single-game record for a quarterback under Frank Beamer.
"He's made out of the right stuff," Beamer said. "I always thought he was. He's poised. He's tough. He's under control."
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NATIONAL FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK
Virginia Tech's Logan Thomas wasn't the only player with that surname to earn a little redemption this week.
De'Anthony Thomas, the nation's No. 5 prospect who backed out of a commitment to USC to sign with Oregon, started his season dubiously with two fumbles against LSU. He flashed his potential in the second game of the season against Nevada, then re-introduced himself to the national TV audience on Thursday.
Thomas caught six passes for 114 yards and two touchdowns in a 43-15 victory over California. He also rushed for 18 yards and a touchdown on two carries.
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As long as Penn State plays defense like it did Saturday against Iowa, the Nittany Lions won't need an overwhelming offense.
Penn State held Iowa to 84 rushing yards and 169 passing yards in a 13-3 win. The Nittany Lions intercepted Hawkeyes quarterback James Vandenberg twice and sacked him five times. They also recovered a fumble.
Penn State defeated Iowa for only the second time since 2000.
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