After defeating the UVA Cavaliers 38-0 Saturday evening in Charlottesville the Virginia Tech Hokies are clearly still the class of the ACC, and more importantly the state of Virginia. They’ve gotten better with each game since losing to Clemson seven weeks ago. The rematch with Clemson December 3rd for the ACC Championship will surely be a better showing from the Hokies than the 23-3 home drubbing we witnessed in Blacksburg those two months ago.
38 to nothing. That pretty much says it all when describing what the Hokies did to the improved Cavaliers squad. They played dominating defense and hit on all cylinders on offense. UVA couldn’t run the ball at all (30 yards on the ground), by making the Cavs one dimensional and putting the ball into Mike Rocco’s hands the Hokies were able to tee off on the Cavs poor QB; that spelled disaster from the start for the UVA offense.
The numbers don’t lie when discussing how dominant of a game the Hokie defense played Saturday. Again, only 30 rushing yards for one of the better rushing teams in the ACC set the tone. Four sacks, two interceptions, and two fumble recoveries put the Hokie offense in great field position throughout the game.
On the first offensive drive for the Cavs they moved the ball very well into the red zone, only to go for it on 4th and 2 and not convert. That defensive stop grabbed all of the momentum for the Hokies, and on their first offensive play QB Logan Thomas hit WR Marcus Davis for 36 yards. The Hokies would cap that drive off with a 14-yard Logan Thomas rushing TD and from there the Hokies left no doubt.
Thomas and RB David Wilson continued their stellar one-two punch attack all game long. Thomas finished the game 13 of 21 for 187 yards and two touchdowns, he also added 27 rushing yards with the rushing touchdown. But the day truly belonged to Wilson who rushed for a career high 153 yards with two touchdowns to boot.
The question now is where do these Hokies belong in the BCS discussion and in the national conversation? More light will be shed on that when they test their own maturity against Clemson for the ACC title. For now the newest BCS rankings have the Hokies at #5; behind three one-loss teams in Alabama (who will likely play LSU in the National Championship game), Oklahoma State (who still has to face Oklahoma in the annual Bedlam game), and Standford (who won’t be winning their own conference, the Pac 12).
I’m not going to argue that the ACC is better than the Pac 12 or the Big 12, because it’s not. The Hokies have played a relatively soft schedule all season long. They lost the only game they could have made a statement with, and only now do they get a mulligan for that loss to Clemson. When it’s all said and done the Hokies should take care of the reeling Tigers in two weeks and play in yet another BCS Orange Bowl.
For now, the Hokie faithful will relish the most recent dismantling of their in-state rivals as they sit, watch, and wait for Techs next shot at a national statement.
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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.