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Hokies Largely Roll in Trial Run

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Josh Morgan and the Hokies breeze to an easy victory over I-AA Northeastern on Saturday in Blacksburg. (Don Petersen - AP)

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By Melanie Ho
Washington Post Staff Writer
Sunday, September 3, 2006

BLACKSBURG, Va., Sept. 2 -- Pregame debates over the possible outcomes of Saturday's season opener between Virginia Tech and Northeastern were few, and a win for the Hokies had practically been penciled in before kickoff.

So it was no shock when the Hokies rolled to a 38-0 victory over Northeastern.

As such, Virginia Tech observers were left to ponder not what went wrong or what went right, but rather what were the possibilities of future success, especially against more formidable competition.

A series of minor hints at eventual answers began.

The game was a chance to evaluate quarterback Sean Glennon, who played in four games as a freshman and redshirted last year. Glennon completed 15 of 18 passes for 222 yards and three touchdowns with one interception. The interception came midway through the second quarter on a botched screen that had Glennon scrambling and then throwing to the left, far from a Tech player.

"I was really mad at myself because I made a bad play out of something that shouldn't have been a bad play," Glennon said.

Overall, however, he felt he played well and the anticipated nerves were not a reality.

But maybe more important than how Glennon played was how his offensive line fared.

Coach Frank Beamer paused in his assessment of the line, which included three new starters.

"I thought, they, um, I thought they hung in there pretty good," Beamer said.

Among the new starters were guards Sergio Render and Ryan Shuman. The line wasn't helped when tackle Brandon Frye dislocated his right elbow in the first half and did not return. He is expected to miss a couple of weeks.

The line did enough to open holes for Branden Ore, who rushed for 54 yards and a touchdown and caught two passes for 81 yards and a touchdown in his first career start. George Bell also rushed for 30 yards and a touchdown.


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