Welcome back, it's week 7 and we are half way through the regular season! I don't know about you, but I am re-energized after last week's thrilling Hokies' win. If only the college football schedule makers shared the enthusiasm and left us a good slate of games this week, all would be perfect. Other than laziness and watching our Hokies play there is nothing keeping me from honey-do lists or fall festivals. In the good old days i.e. before kids, I'd probably hop in the car and visit Wake Forest to see the VT win another. So those of you with nothing tethering you at home ... make the road trip to Winston-Salem and be sure to hit Foothills Brewing for good beer and grub.
This past weekend saw Virginia Tech close out the first half of the season in spectacular fashion. I was at the Miami game sitting in the North End Zone and have to say it was the loudest Lane stadium has ever been. I've watched the YouTube of the final minutes and can't stop smiling especially when the announcer says, "these people are losing their minds", when Enter Sandman comes on again.
It's now time to carry that enthusiasm on the road against Wake Forest. I've personally made the trip twice when I was a student. Both times (2004 and 2006) I had a great trip supporting the Hokies in a friendly away atmosphere. There's even a bit of a Lane experience with Enter Sandman starting the game, albeit their's is highlighted by an evil church official driving a motorcycle on the field, and the decibel level doesn't come close to matching Blacksburg's.
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Perfect Reasons for the Road Trip
Welcome to this edition of my ramblings and other nonsense. I am not going to have the bandwidth to do a deep drill down on the play by play of the game, however I wanted to share some high level observations of the game. First off, it was great to see the Hokie offense deliver a fantastic performance in the most adverse of conditions, however, given the euphoria of the dramatic nature of the win , I have a feeling some of these may rub some folks the wrong way. I want to be positive, but while I was thrilled with the win, there are some things that deeply concern me coming out of the game.
First off though, lets have a little sweet with the sour.
Wake Forest University was founded in 1834 and was named after the town just north of Raleigh where it was originally located (the current main campus is in Winston-Salem). Originally the 'Fighting Baptists' they changed their name to the 'Demon Deacons' after an impressive beat down of Duke in 1923. A student program named the Screamin' Deacons ensures a great turnout at sporting events. For just $15 dollars a season students get access to every game and other items such as shirts. The home of Hellraiser III turned out alumni notable including Arnold Palmer, Carroll O'Conner (Archie Bunker), Ricky Van Veen (Creator of CollegeHumor.com), and Joe Lawson (the guy who came up with the Geico caveman). In order to prevent their quad being rolled two weeks in a row (sucks to be FSU), the Hokies D needs to step up, and so does our tailgate. This week we are going to grill up some black and gold pork tenderloin.
Because it's a celebration.
Wow, what a game.
We finally saw what this group is capable of. Sure, they ran wild on App State, but this was exactly what we've been waiting for since fall camp. There was obviously some dropoff on defense, but I credit a lot of that to losing half of our front four for this game. We didn't get consistent pressure on Jacory, which has been the case this year. I think rotating guys more could help with this.
Otherwise, I feel so happy for the offense. What a way to bounce back after Clemson. I hope it's here to stay.
And, Frank finally pulled the trigger at punter.
Overall, a great Saturday.
1. Antone Exum - He lost the battle on Miami's first touchdown, but I thought that throw was outstanding and Exum was there. Overall, this was his best game of the year. He made great reads and made a lot of good tackles.
2. Josh Oglesby - Didn't see as much action, but when he did he competed well. It's nice to have a reliable alternative to 4.
3. Logan Thomas - What hasn't been said? It was a total coming out party and I'm glad I was there to see it. He did so many great things on Saturday, from loading up and blasting Sean Spence to displaying nice touch and accuracy. If you can, go back and watch the play where he fakes a handoff, rolls out right and hits Davis on the sideline with a laser. What a beautiful play - I hope we see more of it.
My full poll is after the jump. As always I'm going to rely on y'all to keep me in check so leave your opinions, thoughts and suggestions in the comments and I'll adjust the poll as necessary.
- Boring - My top nine teams held steady. Everyone won the games they should. I don't think Oklahoma's
winblowout against Texas justifies them jumping either Alabama or LSU. I still don't know anything about Stanford except they have Luck, their schedule is back-loaded.
- Kansas State - The power towel era is behind them. Bill Snyder's program is rolling once again, and they've beaten some good teams.
- Virginia Tech - If the defense played like they did against wake they'd be ranked higher. That might not happen for a while with G-W done for the year, the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th DTs still small and green and Gayle hobbling around. However, I am very much encouraged the offense looks capable of bringing the team back from behind.
- Washington - The Huskies are my last team in. Is anyone else more deserving of the 25th spot?
The Key Play: Week 6
After the Clemson loss, French wrote that we didn't have an identity on offense. At the time it was hard to disagree. And to keep things is perspective Miami was just one, albeit beautifully called and executed, game. However, going into the season that's how I expected the offense to look each week. Our talented receivers spread out Miami's defense. Logan found the open guys on high percentage throws. We ran a heavy dose of zone read to take advantage of Logan's size and Wilson's which loosened up the box. At that point it's pick your poison. The offensive line won't dominate the line of scrimmage every time, or even every other time, like we'd like them to in more pro-style / "I-formation" attack, but in a spread scheme they don't have to. They're quite good at blocking in space, occupying a man long enough for David Wilson to find the crease and spring a play, and they're damn good at pass blocking.
The final four play calls were pretty brilliant, although during the game I went ballistic after the three consecutive runs starting from 1st and 10 at the Miami 28. Let's take a closer look.
1st and 10 Miami 28
Behind a 92 percent completion percentage, 310 yards through the air, another 28 on the ground and 5 touchdowns Logan Thomas just asserted himself as the leader of this team. But stats be damned, no line can measure what that kid just did in Lane this afternoon. Logan struggled mightily against Clemson; everything he could have done wrong against the Tigers he did. Today he brushed the haters' footprints off his back and answered the bell, every single time we needed a score. Let's be cliché for a minute, that takes grit, heart, moxie, balls or some combination thereof.
The live blog will start at 3:15, Box and I (mayhaps Adam too) will be running the show. Before kickoff take a look at:
- the mascot mock
- Kevin's preview
- a look at Miami against Bethune-Cookman and Kansas State
- and this reminder
The console is after the jump.