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Walk-on Kicker Comes Through For Hokies

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HANK KURZ Jr.

AP Sports Writer

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - Eric Kristensen wasn't on Virginia Tech's roster until late September. Hokies coach Frank Beamer says he referred to him simply as "Michigan" because that's where the 5-foot-11 placekicker grew up.

Fast forward two months and the freshman walk-on's three field goals proved critical as Virginia Tech beat rival Virginia 16-6 on Saturday night.

Kristensen says the Hokies coaches "know my name now."

The kicker was pressed into duty two weeks ago when Beamer dismissed Cody Journell from the team after a series of missteps. In the Hokies' last game two weeks ago, Kristensen missed a 34-yard field goal. He later made a 31-yarder, but the miss proved crucial as they lost 27-24 to Maryland in overtime.

He didn't miss at against the Cavaliers, connecting from 22, 30 and 38 yards.

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