Virginia Tech Offensive Coordinator Mike O’Cain admitted he didn’t see that type of performance coming. After he watched his offense implode against Clemson and lesser opponents like ECU and Marshall, facing Miami, he had his doubts. What he saw last Saturday was “the best overall” performance from a quarterback he’s coached in his 34 years in College Football.
QB Logan Thomas torched the Miami secondary completing 23 0f 25 pass attempts for 310 yards and 3 touchdowns. When you consider his near-perfect decision making in the option-run attack: Thomas also ran for two touchdowns; you have a QB who played a perfect game.
“He did not make one mistake in the passing game in terms of where he should throw the ball,” said O’Cain. “That may be the first time I’ve ever had a quarterback do that completely. He went right where he should have been.”
With Thomas playing at the level we saw last Saturday it’s not out of the realm of possibility VT rebounds from that disastrous loss to Clemson. Now 1-1 in ACC play the Hokies need to take care of winnable games; just like the one this Saturday at Wake Forest.
The Demon Deacons may have the smallest enrollment of any FBS school, but they’ve played well this year; coming into the game 4-1, and a surprising 3-0 in the ACC: with wins over NC State, Boston College, and slumping Florida State last week.
Wake Forest Head Coach Jim Grobe knows all to well what a confident Virginia Tech team can do; last year the Deac’s lost 52-21 at Lane Stadium. This year, with home field advantage and momentum, they hope to flip the script on the Hokies.
WF is currently ranked 18th nationally in passing yards per game, with 303.8. Led by the sophomore tandem of QB Tanner Price (1352 yards, 10 TD, 2 INT) and RB Josh Harris (412 yards, 2 TD) the Deacon’s have had no problem scoring this year.
Last year facing the Hokies, Harris rushed for a career best 241 yards and 2 touchdowns; that’s something VT defensive coordinator Bud Foster and his proud defense will be sure to remember come Saturday. That same run defense is coming off a poor performance where Miami RB Lamar Miller rushed for 166 yards and a TD.
It will the the Hokie D in the spotlight this week. For much of the season the offense has been the scapegoat, namely Logan Thomas. Last week the defense could not stop Miami, and although Tech has had Wake Forest’s number in the past, they need to go out and make a statement on Saturday.
Beating WF would make VT 2-1 in ACC play and continue the arduous process of getting into the ACC Title race after losing their first game. Watch for Logan Thomas to regress slightly on the road, RB David Wilson to have a big game, but most importantly watch how the Hokies defense responds after nearly blowing the game last week.
VT 31-WF 21
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Written by Frank Sullivan
Frank is a graduate of Old Dominion University, sports fan, author, and founder of TheBloosh.com. He's been working with prosportsblogging.com since April 2011, and has covered the Chicago Bulls, Baltimore Ravens, Virginia Tech Hokies Football, and the Washington Wizards. Frank can be reached @franksullivan on twitter.