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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. For more from Teel read his blog at dailypress.com/teeltime.
Offense is better, thanks to Evans
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