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Winners and Losers: Sept. 27, 2010

WINNER: Virginia Tech pitches an ACC shutout

That’s the Tech that we’ve come to expect over the years. The fans might not be impressed with all the field goals in the second half, but a 19-0 win at Boston College is nothing to sneeze at.

It’s still hard to believe that all that did was get the Hokies to 2-2.

The more important set of numbers right now – 1-0 in the ACC.

PUSH: JMU comes back to earth?

OK, so Liberty was ranked, but still, it felt like a comedown, beating the Flames 10-3 in the first game after the 21-16 win at Virginia Tech a couple of weeks back.

That’s what happens when you get a program-defining win early in a season.

Not even winning the national title will compare to beating Tech.

WINNER: Mike London gets a look at his backup QBs

And one impressed – Ross Metheny, who looked good (4-5, 53 yards, 1 TD) – and the other, Michael Rocco, eh … (4-6, 64 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT).

“We talked a lot about not having a (second) quarterback with any game experience, and there wasn’t a clear-cut guy over the next guy. The next best thing was to put them in a venue, in a game, and see how they manage the game outside of practice,” London said after Virginia’s 48-7 win over VMI on Saturday, in which he was able to get his two backups plenty of playing time.

The verdict: Metheny, a redshirt freshman, looks ready for prime time, while Rocco, a true freshman, looked good at times and shaky at other times.

WINNER: Vick vindication

Give the guy credit. The downward spiral that was Michael Vick’s life could have ended with him never playing another down in the NFL, among other possible scenarios. (See Lohan, Lindsay.)

For now Vick is the toast of the City of Brotherly Love and the entire NFL.

Most impressive – he’s playing his best football ever. Ever.

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