Check back every Wednesday for the Hokies Report to get all the biggest Virginia Tech headlines for each week, a recap of last week's game and a look ahead at next week's contest.
Virginia Tech 5-5, (3-3) in the ACC
In the news
Bucky Hodges named semi-finalist for Mackey Award: At 6 feet seven inches, Bucky Hodges is tough to defend and the nation has taken notice. On Monday it was announced that Hodges was one of eight finalists for the John Mackey Award which is awarded annually to the most outstanding tight end. With 27 catches on the season, Hodges is actually on pace for fewer than the 45 he had last season. He has also hauled in five touchdowns this season giving him 12 for his career. Hodges is now tied for the third most touchdown catches ever by a tight end in ACC history which is incredible considering he is a redshirt sophomore.
GameDay acknowledges Beamer: Despite an impressive push from the Virginia Tech faithful, ESPN's College GameDay will not be in Blacksburg for Frank Beamer's last home game on Saturday. The crew did, however, issue a response to the #GameDay4Frank movement:
. @CollegeGameDay won't be here on 11/21, but we appreciate this cool video. https://t.co/FblRkIH5UU https://t.co/Biqj0Qi6Fe
— #ThanksFrank (@VT_Football) November 15, 2015
Uniform news: Virginia Tech will wear black jerseys for Saturday's home game and retro throwback jerseys for the season finale against Virginia. Here's a look at the black jerseys:
— VT Equipment (@VTEquipment) November 16, 2015
Each helmet will have the number 25 on the side of it, the number Beamer wore as a player for Virginia Tech.
The team will also wear special helmet stickers for both games as you can see from the picture. The sticker depicts Beamer after the win over Boston College in 1999 which sealed the team's undefeated season.
Last week's game: 23-21 win at Georgia Tech
After spotting Georgia Tech 14 points, Virginia Tech clamped down on defense and did not allow another touchdown. A horrendous interception by Brewer almost gave the Yellow Jackets the win, but in the end, the Hokies pulled out the victory and came one step closer to bowl eligibility.
Travon McMillian further established himself as the feature back with 135 yards and two touchdowns, but it was not a great night for Brewer. In addition to the interception, he threw for only 178 yards.
You can't take too much from this game given that Georgia Tech is only a 3-7 team and that Bud Foster has had success against the triple option in his career. If you're hoping this signals a turnaround for the defense, that would be premature. Still, holding Georgia Tech to only 161 rushing yards and 14 points is a good sign.
Next game: Virginia Tech vs. North Carolina, Sat. 12:00 p.m. ET
Virginia Tech has won four of their last five games against North Carolina, but the team the Hokies will face Saturday appears to be the best of the Larry Fedora era.
In a division in which one team rarely seems to establish itself as the clear team to beat, North Carolina has done so this season with a 9-1 record going 6-0 in the conference after rolling through Pittsburgh, Duke and Miami.
You know what the Hokies are playing for this weekend, but North Carolina has plenty to play for as well as a win will clinch their spot in the ACC championship game.
Setting all the fanfare aside, Virginia Tech is in for a tough game. North Carolina boasts the second best offense in the conference behind only Clemson. Slowing down a middling Georgia Tech is one thing, the Marquise Williams led Tar Heels are something else entirely. With Williams at the helm, the Hokies will face yet another mobile quarterback which of course is something they have struggled immensely with.
It also doesn't help that North Carolina is taking good care of the ball. The Tar Heels have not turned the ball over in their last three games. In their season-opening loss to South Carolina, three interceptions from Williams proved to be critical. He has only thrown four interceptions in the nine games since then.
The result? North Carolina's offense is rolling and has scored 125 points in their last two games. Foster will have his work cut out for him.
North Carolina can't score, however, if they're not on the field. In addition to having one of the top offenses in the conference, they also have the ACC's worst rush defense allowing 206.1 yards per game. The way to beat UNC is to keep running the ball and running the clock. This is the clear formula, but so far no one has been able to take advantage. This will be a huge game for McMillian.
The emotions will run high in Lane Stadium as Beamer takes the sidelines for the final time in Blacksburg. Will that fuel the Hokies to the upset win?
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