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Virginia Tech 41, NC State 30: What They're Saying

Face the Nation

Beamer's Boys Bounce Back (Pre-Snap Read)
"In a way, that I’m nitpicking about Tech’s defense — and not a loss to James Madison — illustrates that this team has bounced back. Let’s turn the page on the disappointing start and take a look at what’s coming up for the Hokies: a perfect 2-0 in A.C.C. action, Tech should be aiming for an undefeated conference season."

The Morning After: Week 5 (D1scourse)
"Tyrod Taylor can engineer a comeback just nicely. One of my biggest concerns about Virginia Tech coming into the season was whether quarterback Tyrod Taylor could rally the Hokies. For nearly his entire career his team played from ahead, so it was a legitimate question. Well, not anymore."

Comeback Saturday in the ACC (ACC Mania)
"The Hokies move to 3-2, and more importantly 2-0 in the ACC. Their next two conference games come against Wake Forest and Duke, meaning the Hokies should be unbeaten in conference play halfway through the ACC slate."

Virginia Tech Beat Writers

Taylor puts signature on victory (Aaron McFarling)
"And this was worth celebrating. It was good to see the Hokies laughing again, smiling again, willing to joke. Particularly for those affiliated with this offense, who carry the heavy burden of expectations. On Saturday, they met them. They made their voices heard. And Taylor led the way, without saying much at all."

Comeback for the ages (Randy King)
"Finally exhibiting their array of talented weapons across the board, the Hokies recorded the biggest come-from-behind victory in Beamer's 24-plus years at Tech, roaring from a 17-point first-half deficit to knock off 23rd-ranked North Carolina State 41-30 in front of 58,083 fans at Carter-Finley Stadium."

Tech's coordinators in chipper moods (Norm Wood)
"If anything really bugged Foster about the game, it was the three second-half pass interference penalties - two on Exum, one on cornerback Rashad Carmichael - that were called against his defense. He had a hard time figuring out what inspired the calls in the first place, especially the aforementioned one on Exum against Spencer during N.C. State's drive when it trailed 28-27."

Hosley's hands make a difference again (Mark Giannotto)
"Though it was a tough day overall for the defense, which followed up a blanking of the Eagles by giving up 507 yards and 30 points to the Wolfpack, Hosley persevered and came up with big plays when the game hung in the balance."

Thoughts on Virginia Tech 41, North Carolina State 30 (Darryl Slater)
"The Hokies did overcome the slow start – and gained 253 yards in the second half, compared to the 187 in the first. But Evans wasn’t pleased the slow start happened in the first place. That’s why he feels like Tech didn’t fully answer questions about the offense on Saturday."

Analysis and reaction from VT's 41-30 comeback win (Kyle Tucker)
"Oh, and after all that red-zone talk this week? About how Tech had only scored nine touchdowns in 18 red-zone trips? The Hokies had three tries and scored three touchdowns today. About Tech running 80 percent of the time in the red zone in general and 72 of their last 74 first downs? The Hokies’ first play in the red zone today was a pass, and they threw two touchdowns from the red zone."

Virginia Tech Bloggers

I don't know what to say. (The Key Play)
"Does anyone have an intelligent opinion? I don't. How do we go from playing like crap to playing like champions in a quarter? Again, I don't know. All I know, and I say this with my heart is I can't quit these Hokies."

Hokies Complete Comeback, Defeat NC State (VT Fan)
"Yesterday was the first day I honestly thought our offensive line dominated the line of scrimmage. Yes there were some negative plays in there but you’re always going to have those. For the majority of the game, our offensive line was up to the task. They opened holes for Evans, they pass blocked well, and as a whole they took a big step forward on Saturday."

That. Just. Happened. (The North End Zone)
"We are 2-0 in ACC play and took down the hottest team in the ACC on the road. We have come full circle from the thing that happened in week 2. We are in this. We now have four games at home against some weaker opponents, but after week 2, we really shouldn't say that crap anymore. SO, we have a four game homestand coming up. So let's go and get it done."

Game Review vs. North Carolina State (Tech Superfans)
"I'm starting to see a localized pattern in the Hokies' performance this season. By that I mean that in each game, the Hokies play a horrible first quarter in ever respect, but they improve steadily throughout the game. (Of course, we have to not consider the JMU game, though.) First and foremost, the Hokies must correct this."

Hokies Record Historic Comeback, Down Wolfpack (Tech Sideline)
"Tyrod Taylor struggled with his accuracy for much of the game, but he made some key plays and orchestrated the winning drive with less than five minutes left, throwing a 39-yard TD to Jarrett Boykin that put the Hokies up 34-30 with 1:27 left to go. Taylor finished 12-of-24 for 123 yards and three touchdowns. He had a single interception, a tipped ball that was picked off in the first quarter. Two of this three touchdown passes were to tight end Andre Smith, who has become much more involved in the Hokie offense in the last two games."

NC State Bloggers

Virginia Tech 41, NC State 30 (Backing The Pack)
"We made too many mistakes, missed opportunities to score, and started to miss tackles the way we did in 2009, but it was Virginia Tech's superiority in the trenches that changed the direction of the game and ultimately decided the outcome. Russell Wilson never really looked comfortable after the first quarter as Tech brought heat down after down and finished the day with three INTs and a completion percentage south of 43.0."

Virginia Tech Rallies To Beat State 41-30 (Riddick & Reynolds)
"The stinker is now State will lose the #23 ranking it earned oh so briefly and the added exposure that came with it. It’s also a shame to lose a tough game like that in front of so many recruits who were on hand in a year where State’s recruiting has lagged. Winning would’ve meant capitalizing on the buzz surrounding the program."

Outscored 41-13 at home (StateFans Nation)
"Oddly enough, my biggest frustration while sitting in the stands was not the conventional wisdom that our defense was collapsing. My unverified (at the time) frustration was the collapsing offense. It felt like almost EVERY first down play call was a predictable run that ultimately yielded a 2nd down and 10 yards to go."