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Ore helps Hokies crate crucial ACC win

Branden Ore and a suffocating defense powered Virginia Tech past Clemson and back into the ACC title chase, writes Mark Schlabach.

Updated: October 27, 2006, 2:26 AM ET
By Mark Schlabach | ESPN.com

BLACKSBURG, Va. -- Virginia Tech running backs coach Billy Hite had seen enough.

Even though the Hokies had lost senior tailbacks Mike Imoh and Cedric Humes and junior quarterback Marcus Vick, who had been kicked off the team for his poor behavior on and off the field, Hite knew tailback Branden Ore had to change his ways.

During Ore's redshirt freshman season in 2005, he was continually late for meetings, conditioning runs and skipped study halls and classes. So in January, Hite called ...

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