Offense is better, thanks to Evans

Evans and the defense saved the Hokies when their special teams, a source of embarrassment all season, threatened to give the game away.

After a blocked punt gave Maryland possession at Tech's 45, Cody Grimm sacked Chris Turner for an 11-yard loss. But the subsequent punt bounced off Kam Chancellor's leg, and Tony Logan recovered for the Terps at the Hokies' 11.

Maryland managed only a field goal, drawing within 20-13, after linebacker Brett Warren clocked Darrius Heyward-Bey for a 1-yard loss on a third-down pass.


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Since joining the ACC in 2004, the Hokies are 14-1 in the penultimate month, their only stumble to Miami here in 2005. And this season's November drive continues next Thursday at Miami, where Tech will encounter the conference's hottest team — the Hurricanes have won four straight.

One second-quarter drive could have haunted the Hokies.

The possession began at Maryland's 45 thanks to Dyrell Roberts' 55-yard kickoff return. Tech led 7-3, and Evans already had rushed for 61 yards.

More of the same?

Nope. Evans wasn't even in the game.

A first-down play-action pass fizzled when an indecisive Glennon dumped the ball to Josh Oglesby for a 5-yard loss. Glennon took a 4-yard sack on second down and scrambled for no gain on third.

Bad play-calling. Bad quarterback play.

But give offensive coordinator Bryan Stinespring his due. With the quarterbacks hurting, he added some wrinkles to the attack.

Tight end Greg Boone, an all-state quarterback at Chesapeake's Oscar Smith High, took several snaps in a spread formation. He handed to Macho Harris or kept the ball, lunging his 280-plus pounds into the line.

Think Tim Tebow — without the Heisman Trophy potential.

Boone also caught a 26-yard pass from Glennon on the Hokies' final drive of the first half, setting up a Dustin Keys 35-yard field goal that extended the lead to 17-3 at intermission.

"I think that's got some possibility," Beamer said of the snaps to Boone. "Give Bryan Stinespring and that whole offensive staff credit."

David Teel can be reached at 247-4636 or by e-mail at dteel@dailypress.com. For more from Teel read his blog at dailypress.com/teeltime.

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