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Beamer, Hokies focused on the kicking game

Virginia Tech relied on special teams and defense to break onto the national scene. The Hokies plan to return to their roots in 2006, writes Mark Schlabach.

Updated: August 23, 2006, 3:34 PM ET
By Mark Schlabach | ESPN.com

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- It used to be one of the most exciting plays in college football. When Virginia Tech's opponents lined up for a field goal or punt, opposing coaches would hold their breath and fans would sit on the edge of their seats. In nearly half of the games Frank Beamer has coached in 19 seasons at his alma mater, the Hokies made at least one of those momentum-changing plays, in which an attempted field goal or punt was plucked out of the air by some high-flying Gobbler.

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