Virginia Tech 31, West Virginia 24

The Hokies move to 2-0 on the season with wins over the Mountaineers and FedExField.

Relief. Exhaustion. Excitement. Pick your emotion. I choose disbelief.

We live in an alternate universe now. The world where Virginia Tech wins football games at FedExField. The one where the Hokies' offense answers the bell in a back-and-forth contest. In the same place, Tech knocks off ranked opponents in marquee season openers.

The existance where those three truths intersects is foreign, if not a bit weird. Oh look over there, the sink is leaking chicken wings again. Grab the ranch dressing.

Dissect Virginia Tech's 31-24 win over West Virginia at your peril. To reach a conclusion as to why the Hokies won, other than the obvious, is complicated.

The Mountaineers ran 89 plays and racked up 592 yards of offense. That's an uncharacteristically high amount of yardage ceded by a Bud Foster unit. Yet there was a span throughout the first half where Tech ran 13 plays and punted 4 times, and the gassed D only gave up a touchdown. That same offense employed a largely conservative approach in the opening half only to take more risks and become more productive down the back-nine. Only 3-of-8 Tech second-half drives ended in punts, whereas Australian Oscar Bradburn finished off 5-of-7 first-half drives with a boot. Each unit complimented the other — the defense got the crucial stop, the offense scored to keep pace. Neither unit played elite, but the balance was formidable. That's in stark contrast to the Hokie football many of you grew up on — Beamer Co. in the ACC — where the defense skewed savage and the offense hindered the effort at the other end of the scale.

Josh Jackson met and exceeded any realistic pregame expectations. He certainly made freshman mistakes, especially on throws early in the game, but Jackson didn't make any bad situations worse. At this stage in the game, that high level of poise and his command of the offense were unexpected. As were his 101 rushing yards and score. Jackson gashed West Virginia multiple times on inverted veers, a bread-and-butter Fuente run. That production even caught Cam Phillips off guard.

Jackson's passing stats — 15 of 26 for 235 yards and 1 touchdown — aren't jaw dropping. However, there were plenty of promising passes among his completions.

Touchback machine Joey Slye missing field goals from 38 and 32 yards is uninspiring. The latter attempt could have sealed the win for Tech and closed the door on any possible West Virginia comeback.

The running back rotation wasn't a disaster. That bucks the previous regime's trend of disastrous Virginia Tech running back rotations. Deshawn McClease (8 rushes, 51 yards, 1 TD), Steven Peoples (13 rushes, 39 yards), and Travon McMillian (9 rushes, 34 yards, 1 TD) all chopped up carries and looked like they had a role in the offense moving forward.

Cam Phillips footballs well. The senior caught 7 balls for 138 yards and a score. Attribute that in equal parts to his knack for getting open and because he's Jackson's comfort blanket.

Will Grier is legit. He has a live arm and can create opportunities outside of the pocket with his legs. As it stands now, he's the best QB Tech will face in the regular season. The Hokies' front-four struggled to generate pressure on its own, Foster wasn't keen on regularly sending extra blitzers, and as result the secondary was often left to die in coverage.

Find someone who loves you as much as Frank loves the Black Diamond Trophy.

It's a shame either of these teams had to lose such a spirited and competitive game. Except it isn't. Not for Hokies when it's the Mountaineers across the line. Virginia Tech gutted its longtime rival on national television in the face a sensational performance from the opposition quarterback. Perhaps satisfaction is the most appropriate feel.

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"As it stands now, he's the best QB Tech will face in the regular season."

That Alabama kid we play in January is pretty good

Making a big assumption Bama is gonna make it that far, aren't you?

I would take Grier over Hurts. Dude is a running back

"It might be dark outside, but it's LeDay in here." -Jay Bilas

I still stand by my original statement.

It was Kent, but I thought Bryant looked really good on Saturday.

Other than that, the kid at Duke is good but not as good as Mtn Jesus. QB play is in rough shape in the ACC this year.

Leg for "Mountain Jesus". Too good.

"You know when the Hokies say 'We are Virginia Tech' they're going to mean it."- Lee Corso

Mtn Jezebel's hair would've been more of his priority had D put him in his butt more

HokieRunr

'Mtn Jesus'...Classic!

"IT'S A MIRACLE IN BLACKSBURG! TYROD DID IT, MIKEY! TYROD DID IT! TOUCHDOWN TECH!"

I know Clemson's offense well and I watched Kelly Bryant closely in that Kent game. His running was excellent, that was something we knew before he took a snap this season, but he didn't make any difficult throws and they didn't ask him to. They actually gave backup Zerrick Cooper more freedom to throw more difficult routes when he came in. We won't know much about Bryant until the Auburn game next week, buy my guess is that he isn't ready to make the kind of throws that Deshaun made to beat us (and many other teams) the last two years.

The last five minutes of game time - suspenseful!

Guys gotta stay in bounds when trying to run out the clock - at least JJ realized that .
If a couple of those receptions had stayed in bounds, could have ran the clock down another minute.

I want to see more angles of that second Slye miss - that looked like a razor thin miss.

Great hit by Adonis to breakup that long pass at the start of woovoo's last drive.

Deablo impressed with some good stops and strong plays - miss timed his jump or that deflection was an interception.

Second to last play, Trevon Hill got to the QB just in time to affect the pass, WR suddenly wide open but pass was low - incomplete.

Last play, three man rush, Settle on the bench, Jimmy Walker playing the nose is hip tossed and held down for a penalty that will negate the play anyway, Mihota chases after QB like a man possessed never giving up, the secondary holds and the game ends on a final incomplete pass.

HOKIES!!!!!!

Relief and happiness reign.

Vinnie never gave up until the OLineman dove at the back of his knees and took him down. Very dangerous. Glad Vinnie is ok from that cheap play.

Mihota chases after QB like a man possessed never giving up,

Even when an o-lineman deliberately falls on Mihota's foot/ankle risking ending Mihota's season. Dirty fucking play.

Dynomite breakdown

Guys gotta stay in bounds when trying to run out the clock - at least JJ realized that .
If a couple of those receptions had stayed in bounds, could have ran the clock down another minute.

The clock doesn't stop until it gets under 2 minutes. If the ball goes out of bounds before then, the clock is stopped until the ball is spotted - 3-4 seconds lost.

Better to get the extra yards until it is under 2 minutes.

JJ showed a lot of poise & wisdom!

HokieRunr

You are correct, clock doesn't stop (announcers were talking as if it would stop though), but it was taking the refs between 7 & 12 seconds to set the ball, so it was between 20 and 25 seconds that could have been run off the clock if they had just gone down - gave you a leg

Jimmy Walker was on Good Times Ricky Walker provided the Rush and did so often when it was the call. There were plenty of plays where the call was to standup the oline maintain gaps and spy the QB to avoid being gashed by the long QB runs that have plagued VT the last few year. IE Syracuse Pitt etc. Slick was held all night long tripple team in this one.

Last play, three man rush, Settle on the bench, Jimmy Walker playing the nose is hip tossed and held down for a penalty that will negate the play anyway, Mihota chases after QB like a man possessed never giving up, the secondary holds and the game ends on a final incomplete pass.

Just posted this on another thread, but... Watching live, I heard both penalties called on #79, didn't understand it, and assumed the ump accidentally repeated himself.

Rewatching the last play tonight, I saw him get up from tackling Walker, and then throw himself at the back of Mihota's knees. Earned both penalties. Fuck that guy.

My few thoughts...
Not worried about Jackson running. He can, and will, when we need him to. It looks like he sees the holes very well.
Deablo impressed last night. The kid makes tackles.
I was glad to see the rb rotation work. McClease came in and did well; they rolled with that for a while. It was odd that he was hot for a bit then they took him out mid drive. Still not seeing MCMillian get the holes he needs to break one.

Didn't get the pressure on Grier that we should have. Any time he was pressured, he made bad throws. But when you have 5-10 seconds in the pocket to look for receivers, anyone can look like an all-pro. I'm not sold on his greatness. But his line made him look good.

McClease fumbled, that's why he came out. That seems to be a SOP for a Fuente O; "protect the ball or you're sitting."

Grier's hair & cheering section are his best asset

HokieRunr

The game plan clearly wasn't to get pressure on Grier. It was to make sure he didn't extend drives with his legs a al Syracuse last year. It worked.

But I guess anything short of a negative yards shutout will find complaints and suggestions.

I'm pretty sure there are lots of outcomes between negative yardage shutout and 600 total yards. I agree Bud decided not to risk blitzing too frequently but to say he didn't want to pressure Grier and act like we were in total control isn't what I was witnessing in person.

Joffrey, Cersei, Ilyn Payne, the Hound, Jeff Jagodzinsku, Paul Johnson, Pat Narduzzi.

Yes there are. W 31-24 is one of them.

Get used to giving up yards. It's not 2005 anymore. If you told me before the game Grier would make the only TO and would average only 6.9 yards per pass (and VT would average 8.7 YPA), I would have said VT almost certainly wins. Regardless of the number of total yards.

Grier's passing -- and WVU's offense as whole -- were quite inefficient. And that was in large part to VT's defensive scheme and execution.

Nailed it.

I had an entire conversation with my mom the other night after the game, just talking about how its going to take some getting used to what the Hokies are now. We have the best Defensive Coordinator in the game, that has now been unleashed to come up with a gameplan to address a high powered opponent, knowing that on the other side of the ball, Virginia Tech is becoming a "high powered opponent" as well under Fuente.

Foster's gameplan was a little bit maddening watching on TV, but you can't argue with results. I would make a sizeable bet that WVU scores more than 24 a game more often than not this season.

Frank carrying the black diamond trophy is adorable. He looks like a kid.

Is there any fan base in the country that is lucky enough to have such an awesome, beloved former coach?

He carried himself with total class as a coach, and has been every bit as respectable in his "retirement." It almost makes a 25-year Tech fan like myself choke up to see the well-earned reverence with which he is treated by the media and VT nation. And it seems like the relationship between Beamer and Fuente is full of mutual admiration.

The doll's trying to kill me and the toaster's been laughing at me.

I love the fact that the team is treating Frank as the lovable grandpa of the program. Other programs would have tried to distance themselves from the past to try and look toward the future, but one of the main things Fuente has embraced is that he's just continuing the work that was already done. This is why holding onto Foster was so important to him, because it validated that effort, and boy did it pay off immediately.

I mean hell, they brought Frank into the team picture after the game last night. That in itself shows what kind of a culture we have here, and that it has legitimate sustainability.

"Some days you’re a horse and some days you’re a horse’s ass. I’ve been a horse’s ass for a little while." - Roy Halladay

This is why holding onto Foster was so important to him

That, and the fact that Foster is the best DC in college football.

"Our job as coaches is to influence young people's lives for the better in terms of fundamental skills, work ethic, and doing the right thing. Every now and again, a player actually has that effect on the coaching staff." Justin Fuente on Sam Rogers

What a win! Best part was Franks reaction to the win!

Pour some Beer on it

It's a shame either of these teams had to lose such a spirited and competitive game.

Agreed. (But I'm glad we did! )

We actually didn't.

West Virginia lost a spirited and competitive game. Virginia tech won one.

In retrospect, I'm glad Joey missed that last FG. Had we made it, we could have very easily let them burn the clock, get the TD and be ok with a 3 point win...and I'd have lost a lot of money.

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Any word on Peoples post game after that awful hit he took to his lower leg? It didn't look good on the sideline the way he appeared to be in pain.

I really thought he took a helmet to the shin. Hurts like hell. I hope it is something that minor.

That's what I thought too. Everyone was screaming blown knee, but he was being held up on the sideline by another player and visibly upset. If it was a blown knee, he wouldn't have been standing.

"I mean, you know, fuck them, but good for them." -Too Druck to Funk

I was more worried about broken bone than knee with where the helmet hit his leg. Shin is tough but it wasn't too far from ankle either on point of impact

Doesn't Matter, Had Win

I can imagine no more rewarding a career. And any man who may be asked in this century what he did to make his life worthwhile, I think can respond with a good deal of pride and satisfaction:
“I served in the United States Navy"

KCCO

There will be giftory!!!

"Take care of the little things and the big things will come."

I remember telling everyone that at one point in the game, WVU's inexperience at WR would hurt them. I said that David Sills was going to make a mistake that a true WR wouldn't make. Him dropping that touchdown was that mistake.

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Virginia Tech fanatic.

you were right!

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"Step on a crack, break Miami's bak"
- ThatOneGuy

"Hurricanes are uncontrollable and the models predict continued chaos"
- Eshiben5 (probably)

A little worried on the lack of consistent pressure we got on their QB but we won so I'll take it. Grier absolutely lived up to the hype so I'm very glad we won't have to have him again. But thinking back, we were very close to having salted this game away, when you figure the first pass to Phillips could have been a little lower, or the next pass into the end zone a little higher, and we should 7 and not 3 there. Factor in the 2 hairline misses on FGs and we should have been up 41-24 late. Still got the win, but very encouraging to know we still played better than the score shows.

Next 3 games are incredibly winnable. Take care of business in them and the rest of the season is going to be very fun.

"Some days you’re a horse and some days you’re a horse’s ass. I’ve been a horse’s ass for a little while." - Roy Halladay

It is so nice knowing, not thinking our offense can carry the team when needed!

"Take care of the little things and the big things will come."

I think that is probably the last time this season WVU gets held to 24 points. We gave up a ton of yards, but I'll take 24 points against a top 25 Big XII team.

"I mean, you know, fuck them, but good for them." -Too Druck to Funk

Bend.... Don't break.

In fact giving up nearly 600 yards and only 24 points? Yeah our defense is going to be just fine. That was a legit big boy offense and we still kept it in control for the most part. Spend the next few weeks to get everyone on the same page and to work out some links and I like our chances heading into the ACC.

"Some days you’re a horse and some days you’re a horse’s ass. I’ve been a horse’s ass for a little while." - Roy Halladay

I don't think JJ could believe his eyes when he looked back across the field and saw Cam that wide open.

The Orange and Maroon you see, that's fighting on to victory.

I haven't seen anyone that open since Danny Coale against FSU

I love that Frank Beamer is still a big part of Hokie Nation!

Is it football season yet?

God it feels good to FINALLY be on the winning end of a close game at FedEx.

"You know when the Hokies say 'We are Virginia Tech' they're going to mean it."- Lee Corso

"The running back rotation wasn't a disaster. That bucks the previous regime's trend of disastrous Virginia Tech running back rotations."

Turns out rotating backs is okay when you're rotating good backs.

Or rotating them in a way that makes sense, not substituting them every play. It just felt like there was more structure to the way the coaches rotated the backs than in previous seasons.

Yeah, it wasn't just rotate in the next guy to do the same thing as the previous guy that didn't work.

One of several untrue hyperbolic lines in the column...

95% of the TV coverage last night was Mountain Jesus, his wife (very well qualified), the lunchpail, or JJ's dad. Only 5% was the game.

Another white bronco? The first one didn't go too far.

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So the wife has spent more time on an NFL field than her husband will.

Wet stuff on the red stuff.

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he's definitely winning at life right now

If you don't want to recruit clowns, don't run a clown show.

"I want to punch people from UVA right in the neck." - Colin Cowherd

You should have heard the comments in the bar last night.

I think I learned a few things and I am a horrible person.

If MJ had swept his hair back 1 more time I would have puked on the couch. His first sponsor will be Loreal.

Where is Lawson?!

One thing is for certain. Mountain Jesus is definitely punching higher than his weight class in the WAGS dept.

"Some days you’re a horse and some days you’re a horse’s ass. I’ve been a horse’s ass for a little while." - Roy Halladay

I thought 78.2% of the coverage was about the E$PN app...did y'all know they have one?

"Take care of the little things and the big things will come."

Did you know they have the OU/OSU game next week??

I have no idea why my username is VT_Warthog.

Arkansas blew a 24-0 lead in the Belk Bowl.

Grier looked great, but there were many plays where there was no pressure on him at all. I noticed some holding going on and not getting called. I also noticed guys laying on the ground on a lot of plays, so wasn't sure what to make of that. It was clear that a tradeoff was being made. The analysis of this game will be interesting.

Jackson, on the other hand, had a white shirt back there with him on almost every play.

It's a shame sly missed those punts, as the game ending was a lot more tense than it might have been.

Overall, the team held up really well. I expect the offense to improve. I expect more pressure from the defense, but it seemed they were following a game plan. Was really impressed with Jackson's coolness overall.

I'm SO glad they won that game. On national TV. At FedEx. With points scored by the offense.

Or maybe Grier completed just 57% of his passes for a paltry 6.9 yrds per attempt because Foster chose to put his assets elsewhere besides putting pressure on Grier?

Exactly. I'm not sure I understand all the worrying about the raw yardage, total defense is like looking at batting average in baseball, it's outdated. Their ypa was low, they had 16 possessions for 24 points, I watched the whole game thinking we played some damn good defense.

Rip his freaking head off!

Agreed. My singular concern was the D was gassed after the O when through their series of 3 and outs. I'm guessing that this point won't be lost on CornFu and will be "discussed" during film review. Esp things like Dragon's lack of desire/push/fight to get that last yard to put us into a 3rd and 1 and Keene's missed block, that contributed to another 3 and out.

I agree with both of you. Yardage is an outdated statistic, but defensive stamina is a concern -- especially with a lack of depth at DT.

The only thing about last night that annoys me is the way the UCLA-Texas A&M game ended completely overshadowed what was an excellent overall game in Landover. But that's no biggie, win the next few and they'll have to pay attention to us.

"Some days you’re a horse and some days you’re a horse’s ass. I’ve been a horse’s ass for a little while." - Roy Halladay

I agree with you, but I'll take the win anyway.

Comeback wins are irresistible to the media - just makes for a great storyline.

Agreed but at least the ESPN pstgame crew and even on SVPs show afterwards remarked multiple times how good of a game it was, and listening to Griese's comments in his chat with SVP, I think that win helps VTs public image quite a bit as the young season gets rolling

I think the fact that it lends credit to what Fuente is doing in Blacksburg and helps the commentary that he's doing something special in the burg. If the media can keep that mantra up that's just free advertising for recruits.

If you don't want to recruit clowns, don't run a clown show.

"I want to punch people from UVA right in the neck." - Colin Cowherd

The good news is a lot more people watched the VT-WVU game than the UCLA-aTm game.

Partly because UCLA-aTm was on Fox, and partly because it was a blowout for the 2nd and 3rd quarters, so most people probably tuned out.

Watched from a bar in Panama City Beach, Florida! Only Hokies there, but a good time, indeed! It was nail biter, but such a good game to watch. I'm excited for this season. A lot of potential! LET'S GO!

"Tyrod, looking desperately, now throws it deep, has a man open, CAUUUGHT! Danny Coale, all the way!"

I have 3 favorite teams. VT, Kentucky, and whoever the hell is playing Tennessee.

I can't stress enough how not worried about our defense I am. The yards number looked bad and the lack of pressure was frustrating but it won't be like that against probably any other team this season. If we had brought more pressure we were risking big plays, I think Bud mentioned after the game that every time we went man free and brought pressure they were running rub routes and double moves. We were risking a big play when we brought pressure. Even moreso than a normal game because we know Bud can run effective zero coverage, but WVU was doing things a bit differently. We picked our poison and it ultimately worked out. 24 points against a big armed QB isn't such a bad amount if our offense can do it's part.

Some of our offensive playcalling was a little frustrating in how conservative it was, but ultimately we made the plays and set up some classic Fuente chunk plays later in the game. I was impressed with Josh Jackson's poise, he really settled down as the game went on after short arming a few passes early. Overall, I am very impressed with our team, Savoy didn't like look a true frosh out there and I think the next two weeks will really allow Josh Jackson to get even more comfortable in the offense and we will see more of our staple plays. If I'm not mistake we only threw that one slant at the beginning that got batted down. That was Evans bread and butter play.

Agree. Besides worries about possible injuries and DLine depth, I think last night was classic Foster.
Bend don't break, send pressure when it was needed... we'll get different looks with different teams.

I'm impressed with the individual performances....Bud trusted the players to deal with difficult situations and match-ups and for the most part, they performed.

Defensive line will be the position group to watch this season. They were pancaked all night long up front by the WVU O-Line and had zero pressure from the edge. Tim Settle was the only reliable player for putting hurries on the QB, and when you have to rely on your defacto NT to sack the QB, who therefore draws double teams, and your DEs still can't get free to sweep in from the side... That also caused the secondary breakdowns, when they were having an exceptional night until being forced to cover plays for 30 seconds + time and again.
Tech hasn't recruited a serious DE in years. All the top talent in state at that position has gone out of state recently (Hand, Sweat, Ferrell, Vilain, Collins), not to mention 72.5% of the top ten VA players have left the state in the past four years (15% to VT, 12.5% to UVA) from 2014-2017.

Ricky got as much pressure as Settle and the ones that counted most.

Settle and Walker are one of the best duos at DT in the ACC, perhaps the whole country. Hill and Mihota aren't world beaters, but they are more than serviceable starters. And we have plenty of help coming at DE from some freshman (Debose, Proctor, Garbutt) that will probably take shirts this year. I didn't see a lot from Belmar but he's new to the position and still very young. It's been preached and preached already but we need to develop some quality depth or we will struggle to bring pressure consistently when we bring just 4.

"...When we step on that field, they bleed like we bleed and we're gonna show the world."
-Corey Marshall

Well the officials forgot that holding penalties existed, in the second and third quarters

With the apparent poor line play and recruiting stats, I would strongly encourage you to have another bourbon.

You will see this game, this upset and this sign next on ESPN Sportscenter. Virginia Tech 31 Miami 7

Another intangible is the national attention this game brought us. Every announcer and analyst was gushing over this game the second it was over. We delivered in the national spotlight. That is precisely how you elevate a program, and is the sort of thing that will bring Game Day back to Blacksburg.

"I mean, you know, fuck them, but good for them." -Too Druck to Funk

Did anyone sitting around 114 see the piss bottle launched at mook at the end of the game? Mook was near the WVU side posturing and holding his hand up to his ear and a piss bottle took flight from the back of the section and unfortunately for the mountaineer his method of propulsion was faulty and it ended up releasing all of its contents and crop dusting the whole bottom WVU section. I'm hoping for their sake it was just mountain dew.

no, but I would pay good money for that video.

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"Step on a crack, break Miami's bak"
- ThatOneGuy

"Hurricanes are uncontrollable and the models predict continued chaos"
- Eshiben5 (probably)

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No one mentioned the real reason we won! All maroon everything.

Where is Lawson?!

I thought it was TOP.

It's because we won time of possession, duh.

"I mean, you know, fuck them, but good for them." -Too Druck to Funk

VT came from behind to pull off the TOP win. Despite the jokes, the last 4-min drive was crucial to prevent WVU from having the time to score. The fact it put us on in the lead for TOP just made it all that much better ;)

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Im very impressed with Josh Jackson, and not because of any of throws or runs he made, but because of how football smart he is for a freshman or any QB. Throwing balls away instead of forcing a throw/taking a loss and sliding inbounds on the last drive to continue to burn clock. I kept telling my dad that these are upperclassman decisions. Future looks very bright for our chubby quarterback!

I had the displeasure of sitting in the seat right next to the start of the WVU section. Those were some of the most classless fans I have ever been around. It doesn't matter though because we beat their asses!!!!! GO HOKIES BABY! #JoshJackson4Heisman

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I was at the 50 yards line, dead center of their side and I had a good time. A few made some weak attempts to talk shit but was easy to brush off.

I was more near the wvu students, so that's the problem. Disclaimer though, I did meet lots of nice wvu fans after the game that wished us luck.

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I didn't have any individual problems with WVU fans, but noticed they boo'd every time a VT player went down with cramps - even though it was happening all game to players on both teams.

On a related note, why the hell were so many guys going down with cramps? It was like playing in a dome, but with a nice light breeze for extra comfort...

WVU ran 89 Offensive Plays, punted 9 times, kicked 3 XPs, 1 FG, and had to be on the field for 3 kickoff returns
VT ran 72 Offensive Plays, punted 8 times, kicked 4 XPs, and 3 FGs

That's a combined 192 plays from scrimmage that had game action. That's an absurdly high number for the first game of the year.

"Some days you’re a horse and some days you’re a horse’s ass. I’ve been a horse’s ass for a little while." - Roy Halladay

It's a lot of plays, but not unprecedented. And I don't recall ever seeing that many guys go down with cramps in a game. And again, it was basically played indoors.

Do we have another place kicker on the roster/practice team that is competing with Joey Sly? I doubt anything will change as Sly has been good in the past, but it's always good to have competition and know that you have to be on your "A game" in order to keep the starting position.

When he missed the second kick I thought we were doomed. glad he made every extra point though

Pour some Beer on it

He's generally reliable, so I don't think his job is in jeopardy unless the trend continues.

Jordan Stout.

In Sam Rogers we trust.

Tech won the time of possession battle. Tech won the game. It's science, right?

Does anyone have a clip where our coach got flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct? Couldn't really tell what happened in the stadium...

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He stepped too far out on the field to plead his case. I mean he wasn't incorrect with complaining, he teaches his OL to reach out and touch any DL who jumps across the line, and that forces an offsides. That's what happened on the play, and the refs called it wrong.

"Some days you’re a horse and some days you’re a horse’s ass. I’ve been a horse’s ass for a little while." - Roy Halladay

Who was it? Said it was an assistant coach

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Lazor and Burnop said it looked like it was on Wiggins.

I felt like the one against Holgerson was correct. Thought it was exaggerated against Fuente.

But part of that might have been the TV coverage.

It's Supposed to be a new point of emphasis this year. However ole Dana got pretty worked up on a prior call calling the call some pretty choice words and they didn't flag him and Saban went out into the field in his game and he didn't get flagged. Both those are supposed to be flags this year. So like anything certain coaches with certain crews will get leeway.

Wet stuff on the red stuff.

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So what's the over/under on minutes before Narduzzi is ejected in the Pitt-VT game?

That's game #11, so maybe he'll have cooled down after getting ejected for 9 straight games.

Maybe not our game but Nardouche is 100% certain to be ejected this year.

really considering paying the premium to be lower in the East for this game just to witness/partake in the buildup to his ejection. that guy is 100% going to lose his shit in Lane.

The Hokies beat a good team without needing to play a perfect game. That speaks volumes. So thankful for Fuente and company's command of the team.

Stick it in! Stick it in!

"Damn it brother, quit staring at her, you're supposed to be with me!"

There is nothing in the world like Thursday night in Blacksburg!

Anybody else wake up with a pounding headache this am, but still feel like a billion $$$$$$$$$$ because we kicked WVU's ass last night!?!? I tell ya, it's a beautiful damn day.

#FUENTEenFUEGO
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Absolutely! I'm pretty sure I was still drunk for my 7:20 tee time this morning.

Lol this was me at halftime in the stadium

On the wide open Cam Phillips' TD, did any one notice the WVU DB that turned around and started jumping in the air, stopping on the ground while the football was still in the air to Phillips. I laughed my ass off when I saw it. If anybody has the video of that, it would be much appreciated

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Ha ha, that's awesome. I'm guessing he was supposed to stay with Cam and he just realized he screwed up.

I think it was the outside corner that was supposed fall back and cover Cam

It also looked like Savoy was throwing up a touchdown sign when the WVU DB was jumping up and down. He very well could have been acting like he was going to catch a pass, but funny none the less.

He absolutely is throwing up a TD sign. That's awesome

I think it was more of him acting like he was open/about to catch the pass from JJ

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Don't harsh our buzz, man. He was absolutely, totally, 100% throwing up his hands in celebration. Notice he was looking downfield, and kept those hands up even after the pass was thrown. At least, that's the way me and Jack Daniels decided to view it.

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I'm with IVTFishMan on this one. I think Savoy was definitely throwing up the TD sign. His arms went up slightly to fake the catch and go up for good a few seconds later knowing that Cam is taking it to the house. Such a great play that French outlined for us in his review (I embedded his YouTube clip for context).

I love rewatching this but every time I do I am amazed that #24 failed to make a better effort to tackle Cam. A better hustle play and Cam should have been pushed out at the 1 or 2 yard line. But I'm sure glad he failed.

If you watch closely, Cam hits him with a slight hesitation move that freezes him just long enough for him to lose his angle. He has a lot more wiggle than people give him credit for.

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I love that this worked. Brother is two yards from the end zone. Where the hell else is he going but in and you get juked by a wiggle? Just go home, son, you've been out-footballed.

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Savoy, as soon as he saw #6 bite on the screen.

And I love the little half step towards the defenders right near the goalline. Froze them in place long enough to walk into the end zone. Savvy little cut by Phillips to ensure the score.

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Cam has great moves to get his YAC. Check out the move on that tunnel screen that French put up too.

Savoy was celebrating. When JJ does the pump to the screen savoy puts his hands forward, then puts them back down, watches as JJ goes to jack it deep to the wheel, sees in his peripheral that the other corner is grossly out of position (the one who starts temper tantruming while the ball is in the air) and puts his hands up because he knows from the 3249819498579825487 times they've run that play in the spring and summer that CAM is gonna catch it and house it.

He knew it was a touchdown before the ball was in the air.

I've been drinking.

best i could come up with the footage available:

Just finished watching the game a second time... On WVU's last drive, on the fourth down conversion where Grier hurdles the defender, it looks like there was a pretty clear illegal chop block by the running back on the backside that wasn't called. That call gets made and we aren't biting our nails those last two plays, instead it's victory formation.

This is a 100x worse mistake by the officials. Would have been a 10 second run off and the game would have been over.

I was furious that play. What are the line judges even looking at? That's not even close to being onsides.

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If you look at the score box in the bottom right it happened with 35 seconds left on our 28 yard line. I'm assuming the tweet was a live update, there would still be time left if that was called.

Never looked at the clock - just the tweet. You are right!

It actually happened twice in that last-minute drive

I was pretty vocal about that at the bar. It's not often you see something that obvious let go. How the hell did that line judge miss that?

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Joe, Dragon's stats are incomplete. He went 9 rushes for 34 yards and 1 TD.

Appreciate it. Writing at 1:00 AM will get after ya.

Any word if the 25 jersey tradition is going to continue this season? And if so, who gets the honor for next week? Probably not Slye. Maybe Bradburn? 8 punts averaging 46.5 was a big reason we won the field position battle all night.

"The workhorse again... OOOOOHHHHHHH... Terrell Skinner just got flattened!"

James Clark deserves a shout too.

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It is and shegog had it this game. It is not based of the previous game, only the current week's practices.

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Bradburn and Clark were low-key players of the game. Their yardage (+10 per punt more than WVU and Clark's KRs) gave us a +50 yard advantage for the game.

Not to quibble over numbers, but I will anyway....

Clark's returns consistently put us past the 25 yd line as a starting point after drives. In total, we started 49 yds past the 25 on his returns (not counting the penalty yds or the kick out of bounds that put the ball at the 35 for 25 bonus yds that WVU gave us). Bradburn averaged 10.5 yds longer on 8 punts, for a total of 84 yds. That puts the kicking game net at 133 yds, which is basically the diff in total yds between the two O's.

I personally would like to see "net yards beyond the 25" added into the team's totals, as a stat, since field position is such a critical factor, in games. Would be great to add punt return yards and turnover return yards into the stat too.

David Hale keeps talking about the stat diff between NCSU and USCe. The 97 yd kick return makes up a huge chunk of the difference.

Add in their penalty yards (net 47 to the good guys) and Hill's pick and it's easy to see how we could win a 1 score game, even though their O had more total yards.

One, Shegog wore the #25 jersey vs WVU, so yes it will continue.

Second, the assignment of the #25 jersey wasn't and isn't determined by game performance the previous week. It gets determined by practice performance for the week leading up to the next game.

Edit: Oops, just saw hokiebuzz's post...

I remember the first time I watched Josh Jackson's tape on Hudl I thought to myself, "this kid is going to be a stud." He is everything you want in a college quarterback. You can just see it in him. Whatever it is. I didn't expect that type of performance from the young man. Just brilliant. We're in good hands.

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My MVPs for this game, one per phase:

Adonis - he was a stone wall back there. 3 passes defensed I believe. Just impossible to beat last night.

Jackson - I'd split this with Cam but giving the edge to the freshman who was just... sublime under those circumstances. I can't wait to see this year progress week by week as they loosen the reigns on this guy.

Bradburn - duh.

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Agree with all points...seems like they avoided Stro which is why Alexander was able to make those plays, but that says something about Stro too.

I'm rewatching now and have seen Adonis get beat on short slants twice but that's it. And yeah, they didn't want anything to do with Stroman.

And Deablo was a bigger impact than I realized watching it live in person, and I was giving him lots of credit before.

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Mostly agree, but on the last drive when Deablo broke up the pass to sills inside the 5 yard line, Stroman was out of position plus sills had a height advantage and would have caught it probably - thank you Deablo (catch it next time though :) )

I don't know about Alexander. It looked to me like they were targeting him -- and with some success.

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(But seriously, the "alternate universe" lead-in was killer. Great write-up.))))

You're the only ones that I can talk to about this, you guys.

Can't believe nobody's talked about this yet

A special thanks to Whit Babcock! Your choice in head coach and staff continues to prove itself a wise decision

Does anyone else think the Black Diamond trophy would look better without the clear glass bowl like thing around the top?

Just wondering since it will be sitting in Blacksburg for at least the next several years and maybe Whit can take that bowl thing off in the mean time.

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Rewatching the game to see what I missed and holy cow did Edmunds get held at 4:50 in the 1Q. I can't see how the ref could have possibly missed that.

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