Marshall at No. 3 Virginia Tech

Flowers Makes First Start: Coach Frank Beamer announced late this week that redshirt freshman Brandon Flowers will make his first start at cornerback against the Thundering Herd. Flowers replaces sophomore Roland Minor, a former All-Met from H.D. Woodson High who started the first five games. Beamer indicated he's making the change to give Minor more time to concentrate on academics. Flowers, who is 5 feet 10 and 187 pounds, returned an interception for a touchdown against Western Michigan in last season's opener. He broke his leg in that game and was redshirted.

Imoh Sits Out: Hokies senior tailback Mike Imoh (Robinson High) won't play in today's game because of a badly sprained ankle. Imoh, who ran for 254 yards and two touchdowns in the first five games, should be back for the Oct. 20 game at Maryland. Redshirt freshman George Bell and Brandon Ore will back up senior Cedric Humes against Marshall.

Holding Onto the Ball: Virginia Tech has committed only one turnover in its first five games, fewest among 117 Division I-A teams. The Hokies and Alabama-Birmingham are tied for the Division I-A lead in turnover margin -- Tech has gained five fumbles and seven interceptions. "It's something you're proud of," Beamer said. "I think it goes back to your football team understanding how to take care of the football."

Vick Moving Up: After his 15-for-17 performance in last week's 34-17 victory at West Virginia, junior quarterback Marcus Vick ranks second in the country in pass efficiency. His 179.8 passer rating trails only Michigan State's Drew Stanton (190.1). Vick's 88.2 percent completion rate last week was the highest ever allowed by the Mountaineers and the highest by a quarterback coached by Beamer.

-- Mark Schlabach