As good as the Hokies have been during this three-game winning streak they have struggled early, getting off to slow starts. At home with countless Hokie greats watching during homecoming weekend the Hokies failed to score a touchdown in the first half. After just two field goals, the score 7-6 with Boston College in front, the Hokies needed to retool and running back David Wilson had just the remedy.
“We need to run the ball more,” Wilson said to his running backs coach Shane Beamer at the break. A simple reminder after getting just six carries for 21 yards in the first half. Virginia Tech football was founded on the ground-and-pound philosophy; hit the defense in the gut with the run, and hit their offense in the mouth with your defense.
The second half Hokies team that took the field stayed true to that mentality.
On their first drive of the second half the Hokies stayed committed to the run and it paid dividends immediately. QB Logan Thomas took the snap and sprinted right with Wilson staying on his hip, the power option play caught the BC defense off guard. After drawing a defender in front of him Thomas pitched the ball to Wilson who sprinted through the Eagle defense 42-yards for the Hokies first touchdown of the day.
Much like the last three games once the Hokies score that first touchdown the lid comes off the defense and they don’t stop scoring until the game’s in hand. Thomas would find WR Marcus Davis on a 20-yard TD pass late in the 3rd to make it 20-7. And Thomas would run it in from 1 yard out early in the 4th to give the Hokies a 27-7 advantage.
BC would score a touchdown late and the Hokies added a field goal, bringing the final score to 30-14 VT.
There were moments during the game where it looked like the Hokies hadn’t showed up to play. The normaly stout defense gave up the first quarter TD and didn’t look right in the first half. The defense has been riddled with injuries, with starting CB Jayron Hosley sitting out with a hamstring, leading tackler Bruce Taylor leaving the game with an apparent foot injury in the 3rd quarter, and DE James Gayle re-injuring his ailing ankle early in the contest.
The defense is young but getting better. The offense shows the ability to score in bunches but needs to be more consistant, especially against better competition. Had the Hokies been playing a more talented opponent and not scored a TD in the first half, they could’ve found themselves down big at halftime.
The College Football landscape is changing every week. #3 Oklahoma and #6 Wisconsin both lost Saturday night, as Tech’s Coastal Division rival Georgia Tech has lost two games in a row. VT now stands alone atop their division at 7-1 (3-1 in the ACC).
VT travels to Duke next Saturday, the Blue Devils are improved under David Cutcliffe so the Hokies need to be careful as they move through their ACC schedule.
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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.