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With Beamer coaching Military Bowl from above, Hokies lead Cincy at half

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Virginia Tech head coach Frank Beamer is coaching the Hokies from the coaches box above the sidelines in the Military Bowl. After one half of play, he has seen some things he should like, and others he should not. Virginia Tech took a 13-10 lead into halftime following a 49-yard field goal by Joey Slye as the clock in the first half expired.

Cincinnati has more than double the offensive yards (308 to Virginia Tech’s 148), but a pair of interceptions by the Hokies defense kept things even on the scoreboard. Cincinnati and Virginia Tech were tied at 7-7 after the first quarter. Penalties hurt Cincinnati at times as well.

Gunner Kiel tossed a 31-yard touchdown pass to Chris Moore in the first quarter to give Cincinnati a 7-0 lead, capping a seven-play, 89-yard drive. The lead short-lived though, because the Hokies responded with a quick six-play, 64-yard touchdown drive. J.C. Colemann pushed the ball across the goal line to tie things up just about two minutes later.

Kiel has thrown for 234 yards and a touchdown, but he has been picked off twice. Chuck Clark and Kendall Fuller each have one interception for the Hokies. His Virginia Tech counterpart, Michael Brewer, has thrown for 75 yards and has been intercepted once. Brewer also caught a pass from Hokies receiver Isaiah Ford for a gain of 30 yards. For a while, Brewer was the team’s leading receiver and Ford was the leading passer for Virginia Tech.

Cincinnati battled to tie the game at 10-10 in the final minute of the half, but the ensuing kickoff was returned by Der’Woun Greene to around midfield, which allowed Virginian Tech a few plays to set up a last-second field goal. It was the second field goal from beyond 40 yards for Slye in the first half. He hit a 45-yard field goal early in the second quarter.

Leg injury sidelines Virginia Tech CB Facyson for the spring

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Virginia Tech’s promising young cornerback, Brandon Facyson, has seen his spring practice schedule come to an abrupt end. According to the official Twitter account of the Hokies, Facyson suffered a left tibia stress reaction in practice Friday. The injury will sideline him for the remainder of the spring, but he is expected to be back with the team in time for summer workouts.

Andy Bitter of The Roanoke Times says Facyson will be placed in a boot as a precaution. A tibial stress fracture can be one of the most serious running injuries, but the degrees of the injuries vary. A stress reaction is considered one of the less severe forms of the injury, so that should be good news for Facyson, but it can lead to a fracture if not treated. Regardless, taking time off now to treat the injury is the best move. As with most shin or tibia injuries, continuing to run or put stress on the tibia can lead to more sever injuries that could require a longer period of time to heal.

Facyson got some playing time last season in Virginia Tech’s secondary and he performed well. The early playing experience also gave him a leg up on the competition going in to the upcoming season. He was expected to be a starter, but as Bitter reports the Hokies will now have to see just what kind of depth the team has in the defensive backfield. In Facyson’s absence, Der’Woun Greene is expected to see time with the first team defense, according to Bitter.