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October 9, 2011

No more doubting Hokies QB Thomas

After Virginia Tech mustered only a field goal in its loss to Clemson last week, the Hokies had to be concerned their undefeated start against overmatched competition was a mirage.

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Oklahoma DE Frank Alexander had six tackles, four tackles for loss, three sacks, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery in a 55-17 rout of Texas.
Rutgers DT Justin Francis had eight tackles, four tackles for loss and two sacks in a 34-10 victory over Pittsburgh.
Nebraska TB Rex Burkhead rushed for 119 yards and a touchdown on 26 carries as the Huskers rallied past Ohio State 34-27. He also caught five passes for 59 yards and a touchdown.
Southern Miss QB Austin Davis was 21-of-23 for 283 yards and three touchdowns in a 63-45 romp past Navy. He also rushed for 75 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries.
Buffalo RB Branden Oliver rushed for 179 yards and three touchdowns on 34 carries in a 38-37 upset of Ohio. He also caught five passes for 43 yards.
Boise State QB Kellen Moore was 23-of-31 for 254 yards and three touchdowns in a 57-7 demolition of Fresno State on Friday.
Oregon TB LaMichael James rushed for 239 yards and a touchdown on 30 carries in a 43-15 rout of California on Thursday.
Arkansas QB Tyler Wilson was 24-of-36 for 262 yards and two touchdowns in a 38-14 victory over Auburn.
Louisiana-Lafayette QB Chris Masson came off the bench to go 21-of-29 for 211 yards and three touchdowns in a 31-17 upset of Troy. Masson came on after starter Blaine Gautier was injured.
Nevada WR Rishard Matthews caught 10 passes for 220 yards and a touchdown as the Wolf Pack hammered UNLV 37-0.
Notre Dame QB Tommy Rees was 23-of-32 for 261 yards and four touchdowns in a 49-33 victory over Air Force.
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."

[HokieHaven: Virginia Tech wins thriller over Miami]

Oregon RB De'Anthony Thomas

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.

Oregon will need more production like that out because star tailback LaMichael James is expected to miss time with a dislocated elbow. Oregon faces Arizona State on Saturday.

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Tom Bradley, Penn State

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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