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Hokies Hoping For 'Element Of Surprise' Against Alabama

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Virginia Tech quarterback Logan Thomas Virginia Tech quarterback Logan Thomas

Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer says he never thought he'd see a college football team dominate the game like Alabama has.

The Crimson Tide have won three of the last four national championships.

Coach Frank Beamer and many of the Hokie football players say the key to upsetting Alabama on Saturday is getting an early lead, and being able to making things happen when a play breaks down.

The Hokies say they also must avoid turnovers on offense, and not allow any big plays on defense.

Easier said than done.

Tech hopes that its new offense led by new offensive coordinator Scott Loeffler, who previously coached at Auburn, will keep present an element of surprise.

Senior quarterback Logan Thomas says, ""I think it helps that they haven't seen it, but coach Loeffler and coach Saban have played against each other plenty of times.  I think he kind of knows what to prepare for, but it's nice not to have everything out there, that they know what we're going to do, and it's like an element of surprise."

Virginia Tech will kickoff against Alabama Saturday at 5:30 pm in Atlanta.

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