Saturday was an exciting day across the college football landscape. We had upsets, overtimes, and close games everywhere. For all of the excitement abroad however, the Hokes and Duke left us with a bit of a bore fest. The 14-10 Virginia Tech win had few big plays, lots of missed field goals, and sub-par offensive play. Still, the Hokes moved to 8-1, they’ve won an FBS best 11-straight road games, and with the Clemson loss they find themselves atop the ACC once again.
The maturation of quarterback Logan Thomas hit a few speed bumps in Durham. The young QB seemed to have hit his stride over the last month, but after his 17 for 28, 198 yard, one touchdown two interception day; Thomas clearly has some work to do until he can be considered one of the conference’s top QB’s.
The Hokie offense was able to put up 433 yards, they just weren’t able to convert yardage into points; scoring both of their touchdowns in the first half, missing a field goal late in the game, and getting shut out for the rest of the game. Running back David Wilson topped 100-yards for the sixth straight game; he rushed for 148 yards, but again relinquished goal line carries to backup RB Josh Oglesby who had the Hokies lone rushing touchdown.
The bottom line is, the Hokes won the game. They didn’t look passed the Blue Devils, although they very easily could’ve lost the game had Duke been able to make field goals. The Blue Devils missed three kicks, and judging by how mightily the Hokie offense struggled, a 19-14 lead would’ve won the game for Duke. But they missed the kicks, the Hokies hung on for the win, and now they can look forward to Georgia Tech.
“Every week’s not going to be just magnificent, and this week certainly wasn’t magnificent for us,” VT coach Frank Beamer said. “But sometimes when you can get through a game when it wasn’t so good and get a win, that’s big in the big picture.”
The big picture now is Georgia Tech and their triple-option attack. GT, 7-2 (4-2 in the ACC) is coming off a home win against the previously unbeaten Clemson Tigers; a game they controlled from the onset, stifling Clemson’s explosive offense, and running the football down their throats.
So, the Hokies will head home to Blacksburg for the week, breathe a deep sign of relief that they escaped Durham with a win, and get ready for the biggest game of their season. The ACC Coastal Division will be up for grabs next Saturday in Atlanta. Which Hokie offense will show up? Will they control the GT running attack? Can they remain the class of the ACC, or will this be a year we don’t find VT in the championship game?
All these questions will be answered Saturday.
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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.