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BLACKSBURG, Va. Roger Staubach Jersey . -- Jerod Evans thinks Virginia Tech is still learning how effective and explosive it can be on offense.Evans tied a school record with five touchdown passes Saturday and the Hokies limited Boston College to 124 yards and six first downs in a 49-0 victory. Evans played just the first three quarters, leaving with the Hokies (2-1, 1-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) leading 42-0. He hit Isaiah Ford twice for touchdowns and also found Travon McMillian, Chris Cunningham and Sam Rogers. McMillian also scored on a 7-yard run.The offensive performance came after the Hokies fumbled the ball away nine times in splitting their first two games.We have a group on offense that was getting tired of fumbling, tired of seeing the same mistakes over and over and we knew if we could just hold onto the ball, regardless of how much yardage we get, we can do something great, Evans, a transfer from Trinity Valley Community College in Texas, said. I think thats a glimpse of what we can do if we keep this up.The margin was the Hokies largest in an ACC game since they beat Maryland 55-6 in 2004.It helps, Evans is learning, to have talented skill players like Ford who are intent on making plays. Fords second touchdown came when he was double covered and still came down with the ball at the back of the end zone.After I threw it, I said, `Oh, that ball should not have been thrown, Evans said. Im probably going to hear about that tomorrow.First-year coach Justin Fuente said hes more interested in how Evans is graded rather than his statistics, but he likes what he sees.Every week -- at least the last three weeks -- hes approached it with a great mindset, Fuente said after Evans finished 16 of 23 for 253 yards. Hes a good listener and tries to do what were asking him to do and at times he does it on a pretty consistent basis.The shutout was Virginia Techs first since it beat Bowling Green 37-0 in 2012.Its really exciting, cornerback Brandon Facyson said. I dont think weve had a goose egg since weve been here.The Eagles (1-2, 0-2) didnt reach triple figures in total yards until late in the third quarter and finished the game with fewer first downs, six, than Virginia Tech had touchdowns. It was the 10th consecutive loss for Boston College in conference play, and free safety John Johnson said if the Eagles had any hard feelings about the Hokies running up the score, BC should have played better defense.It got a little redundant, running the same plays and gashing us on the same plays, he said.WILLIAMS RETURNSMarshawn Williams returned to the backfield for the Hokies for the first time since tearing his ACL late in the 2014 season and showed no ill effects from the injury. He carried 15 times for 81 yards and was Virginia Techs leading rusher.THE TAKEAWAYBOSTON COLLEGE: Even the best defense has no chance when its offense cant get anything going. The Eagles arrived ranked third nationally in total defense, allowing just 180 yards per game, but the unit was on the field for 35:15 compared to 24:45 for the Hokies D.The Hokies finished with 476 yards (253 passing, 223 rushing) and scored touchdowns all five times it reached the red zone.VIRGINIA TECH: Evans is easing the Hokies transition into first-year coach Justin Fuentes faster-paced offense with solid decision-making. He had gaudy numbers last season (38 TDs, just three interceptions) and is on a similar pace with 10 TDs and one interception.The pick was not Evans fault as he hit Ford on a slant and Ford juggled the ball and tipped it to the Eagles John Johnson.UP NEXTBOSTON COLLEGE: The Eagles return home to Chestnut Hill for a game against Wagner. It will be the first of four consecutive home games for BC.VIRGINIA TECH: The Hokies wrap up their non-conference schedule as they entertain recent nemesis East Carolina on Homecoming. The Pirates have won the last two meetings, each time by a touchdown.---Online: The APs college football page: http://collegefootball.ap.org---Follow Hank on Twitter: www.twitter.com/hankkurzjr Robert Newhouse Jersey . 31, the CFL club announced Monday. The team also has yet to decide on the future of Doug Berry, who began the season as a consultant to the head coach but took over the offensive co-ordinators duties in July. Travis Frederick Jersey . But now that hes in the NHL, the Calgary Flames centre showed big improvement in that department by scoring the winner in the eighth round of a 5-4 shootout victory over the Winnipeg Jets on Monday. http://www.cheapcowboysjerseyselite.com/?tag=cheap-nolan-carroll-jersey . The team also announced Tuesday that the Braves will wear a commemorative patch on the right sleeve during the season. The patch, shaped like home plate, carries the number 715, Aarons autograph and a "40th Anniversary" banner. As a schoolboy, one of my favourite books was a collection of cricket stories. The tales were entirely fictional, of heroic last stands and match-winning bowlers specialising in donkey drops. The stories were as much about unusual people in exceptional circumstances as they were about the sport. Cricket lends itself readily to backstory and biography.White on Green, a follow-up to Peter Obornes excellent Wounded Tigers, promises to paint a mesmerising picture of the fascinating events and individuals that have shaped the enigmatic cricket of Pakistan. It promises the backstory and the biography of Pakistan cricket in the words of the protagonists and through the eyes of their contemporaries.The stories are varied and generally brief, perfect for sporadic attention. Prince Aslam, heir to the princely state of Manavadar in pre-Partition India, opens proceedings. He was a playboy cricketer who left a match once he had taken enough wickets to enjoy a party or attend to a girlfriend. He died lonely and sad.We hear the story of Master Aziz, who was separated from his 12-year-old son during Partition. While his son, Salim Durani, went on to play for India, Aziz mentored dozens of talented Pakistani cricketers, some of whom became greats.These, then, are as much tales of Partition and politics, of joy and loss, of the making and breaking of society and individuals, as they are of cricket and cricketers. In this sense, the political passions of the authors, Oborne and Richard Heller, shine through. What is cricket except a manifestation of the political and social evolution of a country?And these observations benefit from the view of outsiders, less entangled in the day-to-day machinations of navigating a life and a living in Pakistan. The authors share a love of their subject and a passion for detail. Forgotten lives and events matter to their besotted eyes.Here we find gems that matter. For instance, the story of Raees Mohammad, the fifth of the marvellous Mohammad brothers, four of whom played Test cricket for Pakistan. Hanif, the most famous of the brothers, died last week. Imagine family games of cricket in the Mohammads garden or on their verandah. Raees is called up too but misses out in what history will judge to be a heartbreaking injustice.What about Dera Ismail Khan, a name tthat will be familiar to anoraks? Dera played one first-class match and were beaten by Railways by a world-record innings and 851 runs. Joe Looney Jersey. . How did this happen? Was it, as the Wisden Almanack described, a case of Pakistans cricket board allowing teams with no first-class status to compete in first-class tournaments? Then theres Tauseef Ahmed, impressive offspinner and potential Lionel Richie impersonator. Tauseef blagged a role as a net bowler for Pakistans preparations for their first Test against Australia in 1980. Javed Miandad put him up in Zaheer Abbas hotel room, and when Zaheer rang the room to pick up his messages he was shocked to hear Tauseefs voice. Once Tauseef explained what had happened, Zaheer told him to stay.Following the net session, Tauseef returned to his club but received a call from a friend, a cinema owner from Bradford. He told me I was in the Test team. I didnt believe him, but he told me to go home and check. I found a crowd there and thought maybe there was something in it. Tauseef was indeed selected; the offspinner in the squad, Ilyas Khan, had been dropped. Only in Pakistan.We learn more about the cricketing lives of Billy Ibadulla, Duncan Sharpe, and Aftab Baloch. Perhaps most importantly of all, we discover the story behind the introduction of womens cricket to Pakistan, and the ignored tales of the survivors of the terrorist attack on Sri Lankas cricketers in Lahore.There is much to marvel at and revel in but you need to work hard to find it amid material that didnt make the final edit of Wounded Tigers. Some of the biographies of Pakistans cricketers are well known and whats new only forms a minor part of the story. Some chapters indulge the authors and their subjects.So enter with care. White on Green offers detail that you may not be seeking, about events that you might not care about. But for anybody with a love of cricket and cricketers lives, of how cricket and society intertwine, of Pakistan and its idiosyncrasies and injustices, this is a volume you might have dreamt about as a child.White on Green: A Portrait of Pakistan Cricket By Richard Heller and Peter Oborne Simon and Schuster UK 320 pages, £20 Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' '

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