“We’re confident because we’ve done so many things well,” Thomas said. “We haven’t put it all together. I guess that’s what it’s all about — putting it all together. Everybody has seen flashes of our offense being almost unstoppable and then you’ve seen times where we can’t even move the ball.
“That’s just the consistency thing. That’s what makes it encouraging, because when we are playing well, we’re playing hard, physical, intense, and we are extremely tough to stop.”
While Thomas did throw two pivotal interceptions last week, he should be able to focus on his passing against BC.
The Eagles have one of the nation’s worst run defenses, which should allow the Hokies to establish a solid ground attack. Notably, against FSU, Thomas had his rushing attempts cut in half, leading to his best passing yardage total of the season; with that in mind, BC will have to respect the air attack, putting even more pressure on their struggling run defense.
Thomas will surely see his share of rushing yards, but if the offensive line owns the line of scrimmage and the tailbacks shoulder most of the load, he won’t have to worry about carrying both the rushing and passing attacks like he has in previous games.
"Logan takes a big enough pounding as it is right now,” Beamer said. “And we don't want to ask him to have to run the ball 20 times a game. We want some other guys to be able to carry the load as well, tailback wise. But at the same time, whatever gives us the best chance to win is what we're gonna do. If that means running Logan a bunch, then we're gonna run Logan.
“A lot of our runs with Logan are decisions where he has the decision to give it, keep it, throw it or whatever it might be. He's got a lot of decisions he that makes before the ball is snapped and after the ball is snapped and it just so happens that a lot of those have been him keeping the ball."
The Hokies and Eagles kickoff Saturday at 12:30 p.m. The game will be broadcast on The ACC Network.