Virginia Tech 64, East Carolina 17

The Hokies went on the road and plundered the Pirates.

[Virginia Tech Athletics \ Dave Knachel]

East Carolina has been a thorn in the side of Virginia Tech for years, and despite their recent struggles, it always feels good to watch the Hokies give the Pirates a good shellacking. Virginia Tech had a massive afternoon, scoring 64 points while holding ECU to just 17. The yardage difference was as contrasting, the Hokies outgained the Pirates 675 to 281. Justin Fuente has one more game to fine tune things before ACC play starts. Yet, if Tech can perform next week against Old Dominion as well as they did this week, Fuente will have to be happy with how his young team is progressing.

Defensive Hiccups, Then Domination

The absence of starting cornerback Adonis Alexander was notable early on as East Carolina was able to find success by attacking down the field. The Hokies gave up two big pass plays on each of ECU's opening drives

ECU hit this 41-yard completion to TE Steve Baggett (No. 86) on their opening drive off of play-action. ECU fakes a handoff to the running back while Baggett aligned as an H-Back fakes a block on Tremaine Edmunds before sneaking up the middle of the field. Edmunds allows Baggett to brush past as he fills to defend against the run. Quarterback Gardner Minshew sees his target streaking free and hits him in stride. ECU would punch it in for a touchdown a few plays later.

ECU hit the Hokies deep again on their second drive. ECU had an RPO called (notice the o-line getting downfield against the run) and Minshew decided to pull the ball from his running back and take a shot down the field. Greg Stroman was aligned to the field over WR Trevon Brown (No. 88). Stroman recognized the RPO but loses the Brown's position while peeking in the backfield. Brown runs past Stroman on a go route and forces Reggie Floyd to rotate over and try to make a play on the ball. While Floyd has looked fantastic this season when coming forward to deliver a blow, his inexperience in pass coverage shows here. Floyd takes a bad angle on the pass, undercutting the throw. Floyd is so far out of position that not only does he miss out on a pass breakup, he isn't able to prevent Brown from strolling in for a 76-yard touchdown. That's a teaching moment for sure.

East Carolina would finish the first quarter with 213 yards. They would finish the game with only 281. Bud Foster's secondary (including Floyd) played much more sound after the first quarter, especially down the field. Foster was also able help relieve the pressure on his secondary by applying some pressure of his own. Bud brought more blitzes than he did in the first two games, utilizing a fair number of zone blitzes in particular. I saw him dropping Trevon Hill and Vinny Mihota into coverage in the flats often while bringing heat from other areas of the field. This helped Tech amass eight quarterback hurries and two sacks, in comparison to ECU who managed one sack and just three hurries.

Tech's biggest area of concern for me defensively will continue to be the pass coverage in short yardage situations, particularly in the red zone. ECU scored their first touchdown on a slant route combined with a vertical slot route, a concept that West Virginia had lots of success with in the first game of the season. On first-and-goal, ECU throws an incomplete fade into the corner

While Minshew badly misses the throw, watch the two routes to the top of the screen. Slot receiver Quay Johnson (No. 23) gets vertical and runs a corner route while Davon Grayson (No. 85) split outside fakes a fade and then comes underneath the slot on a slant. He is wide open. ECU sees the opportunity and calls for the exact same play on second down. This time around, Minshew connects with Grayson for the touchdown.

That is something Foster needs to get cleaned up. We've already seen West Virginia exploit the slant/vertical combination and now we've seen ECU do the same on consecutive plays. In my opinion, Foster needs to find a way to help Stroman. Asking any corner to worry about the fade and the slant is too much, especially when Tech faces ACC caliber wide receivers. I imagine that once Clemson rolls into Blacksburg, Foster will find some way to slide a defender into that throwing lane.

Big Steps Forward for the Offense

The Hokies' offense looked way more confident than the unit that took the field against Delaware. Tech consistently moved the ball on the ground and that's an exciting proposition. The offensive line got good push on the interior of the line and rarely allowed penetration. Braxton Pfaff and Kyle Chung β€” the right side of the o-line β€” were particularly impressive. They didn't play perfect games, but the two most inexperienced players on the line got their assignments right and locked their defenders up most of the time.

Tech's running backs reaped the benefits of the improved run blocking. Travon McMillian (11 carries, 72 yards) and Deshawn McClease (11 carries, 55 yards) were both productive, running with purpose and falling forward. If this offense is going to be elite, it still needs someone to break tackles and create explosive plays, but the running backs improved their play as they kept the offense ahead of the chains.

Tactically, I was impressed with the way Fuente and Brad Cornelsen handled the run game. As usual, on the interior they used a good mixture of inside zone and power blocking schemes to keep ECU's front-seven from getting too comfortable. Fuente also showed split zone action quite a few times by bringing Dalton Keene across the face of the formation to clean up the back-side. On the outside, the Hokies tried to use their wide receivers on sweep plays, but those runs were generally ineffective. Fuente turned to the speed option to pick up yardage on the perimeter and found some success there.

On the 2nd-and-7 above, the Pirates have two deep safeties, including one that's aligned over an already covered Cam Phillips to the boundary. Virginia Tech sees the double team on Phillips and runs a speed option away from the safety, giving the Hokies a numbers advantage at the point of attack. LT Yosuah Nijman leaves the play-side defensive end unblocked, sucking him upfield and allowing Josh Jackson to pitch to McClease. Nijman cuts off the back-side linebacker while Keene works on creating the cutback lane. Keene tracks the middle linebacker, keeping his body in between the middle of the field and the defender. McClease cuts off this block and scoots in between the alley created by Keene's and Nijman's second-level blocks to pick up 16 yards.

The Hokies relentless chipping away at the ECU defense wore the Pirates out physically and emotionally. In the first half Tech had one drive go for 11 plays, another go for 12, and two more go for 13. Cornelsen called plays to take what the ECU defense was willing to concede, and his players executed at a very high level. The biggest benefactor of Cornelsen's game plan was Cam Phillips. Phillips had an amazingly productive day: 14 receptions for 189 yards and three touchdowns.

ECU gave Phillips big cushions to work with throughout most of the game. Phillips took advantage of the cushion by running crisp curl and out routes, and he trusted his redshirt freshman quarterback to get him the ball on time. Jackson threw Phillips the ball early and accurately allowing Cam to pick up some decent YAC.

This is a simple play that Tech ran multiple times designed to exploit ECU's soft coverage on Phillips. As slot receiver C.J. Carroll comes across the formation, Phillips gets left all alone in single coverage to the field/bottom of the screen. The ECU defense is concerned with three things: 1) Stopping the sweep, 2) Any QB Power off the sweep, and 3) Anything deep. The linebackers and safeties react to the motion and keep their eyes in the backfield until they are sure it's a pass play. The corner covering Cam won't have any help deep, so he gives Cam a huge cushion. This leaves Phillips free to run an uncontested intermediate out route. This coverage was typical for any play-action in the first half, and Phillips took advantage of it. Jackson was very polished in the short pass game as well. He was running the same vanilla game plan as last week, but he was able to impose his will on the opponent and not reward them for playing conservative coverages.

I wasn't just impressed with Jackson's work underneath, his success finding people down the field was also encouraging. Phillips found space deep after ECU tried to play him a little tighter to start the second half. Jackson saw Phillips, and showed that if he is given time and an open receiver he has the ability to burn opponents.

Jackson fakes a handoff to McClease at the beginning of the play and Keene steps up to help in pass protection. ECU's linebackers and boundary safety initially step up to help against the run and then drop back into shallow zones. This leaves ECU with their two corners and their field safety in a Cover 3 zone against Tech's three receivers. James Clark, split wide to the field, runs a go route up the sideline while Sean Savoy runs a post route. Savoy's post route occupies the safety, which allows Phillips to operate in single coverage to the boundary. Phillips fakes an outside route off the line, allowing him to get inside leverage on the corner. Cam's leverage and speed gives Jackson the angle to make a throw before the safety has time to rotate off of Savoy's route and help.

Virginia Tech would run the exact same play two drives later for a 45-yard touchdown.

My Favorite Play

Jackson seemed uncomfortable against a Delaware defense the Hokies should have walked all over. He was slow with his reads and inaccurate on his throws, causing the offense to stall and underperform. Against ECU, Jackson was the exact opposite. He was poised and in control of the offense, showing the confidence to hit those same throws he missed a week ago. No play summed up the difference between the two performances better than Travon McMillian's 70-yard TD reception.

That pop pass is identical to the one that Jackson badly overthrew last week. It's technically an RPO, watch how aggressively Pfaff gets upfield on his block, but it's designed to get McMillian open up the middle of the field. The offensive line blocks it as a normal QB power while the McMillian cuts up field. Jackson is reading the Mike linebacker, if he fills to defend the power then McMillian should pop open behind. Jackson makes the right read and takes his time, confidently leading McMillian up the seam. Once the ball gets in McMillian's hands, no one is going to catch him from behind.

Gut Reaction

It's hard to feel anything but confidence in Virginia Tech after a decisive 64-17 victory. It took the Hokies a quarter to get into the flow of the game, but we saw everything this week that we wanted to see last week against Delaware. The defense absolutely dominated, and held ECU to under 75 yards in the final three quarters. The defensive line stuffed the run and didn't let the quarterback escape the pocket. The secondary played its tightest coverage of the season and Greg Stroman, wearing Frank Beamer's number 25, picked up an interception. Offensively, the Hokies did anything they wanted without tipping their hand to future opponents. The game plan was vanilla, just like it was last week, but this time the offense executed. The running game was methodical. The passing attack was precise. Josh Jackson showed that he has the ability to throw the ball down the field and Cam Phillips showed us we may have all slept on his vertical abilities. Each week the Hokies are doing exactly what they need to do, improve. Virginia Tech's game plan next week should be as simple as this week's. If the Hokies can execute that one as well as they executed this one, then things will get interesting once Fuente dives deep into his playbook.

Comments

Love cam's TD catch that leaves two purple pirates sprawled all over each other like stooges.

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I don't think it can be overstated how sexy that pass was.

Cam's gonna start getting some (well deserved) attention for the Biletnikoff soon.

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

Oh man this is about to be like last year when you guaranteed Evans would win the Heisman after a couple games

/s

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Fan of Hokies, Ravens, NY Giants, Orioles

Nationally, 1st in receiving yards and t-2nd in receiving touchdowns. He is really playing well.

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

I think this game showed us something we all probably expected, Delaware is a much better football team than ECU.

The thing is, ECU's defense is so bad I'm not too sure whether we should take too much away from this game.

Both JMU & WVU put up 614 yards of offense against them. Statistically, ECU is the second-worst defense in FBS right now (only ahead of Tulsa).

I understand this "ECU's D is bad", basically because of JMU's statline against them, but WVU put up almost 600 yards against the Hokie D. Does that make the Hokie D the 3rd worst defense in FBS?

Yes, JMU surprisingly throttled ECU to the same extent that WVU did, but can we not agree that at least WVU is going to put up crazy yards against most teams this year? Maybe the ECU defense isn't that bad, just that they've played some high-powered offenses? JMU just put up 75 points and 728 yards against Norfolk Sate, which any way you slice it is pretty impressive. Most FBS teams can't do that.

The win against ECU should be taken with a grain of salt, but the offense is clearly starting to hit its stride. And I don't think ECU's D is as terrible as these first 3 weeks have made them seem.

WVU put up almost 600 yards against the Hokie D. Does that make the Hokie D the 3rd worst defense in FBS?

Normally it would, but we won time of possession so it doesn't matter how many yards or points we gave up.

If you're reading the above post and thinking, "is this guy serious?!?," you can safely assume I'm not.

Scoring Defense:

19. Virginia Tech

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ECU has had their defense on the field for 42 drives this year. Of those 42 drives...

10 Resulted in a Punt - 23.8%
3 Resulted in a Turnover - 7.1%
21 Resulted in a Touchdown - 50.0%
6 Resulted in a Field Goal Attempt - 14.3%
2 Resulted in the End of the Game - 4.8 %

When over 1/2 of the drives against you result in a Touchdown, and over 2/3 result in at least an attempt for points, you are that bad on defense.

Don't let this comment take away from the fact that Arkansas blew a 24 point 2nd half lead in the Belk Bowl.
Don't let the Belk Bowl take away from the fact that Matt Ryan blew a 25 point 2nd half lead in the Super Bowl.

"JMU just put up 75 points and 728 yards against Norfolk Sate, which any way you slice it is pretty impressive. Most FBS teams can't do that."

Yeeeah, gonna have to stop you there. Most FBS teams absolutely can and would do that assuming they aren't going vanilla offense due to playing an FCS team.

ECU has a horrid defense.

That being said, Tech was able to execute. That counts for something. Tech lined up against an opponent, didn't do anything tricky or complicated, and moved the ball at will.

Let's not sleep on the value of this young team experiencing what it feels like to execute in a game, even if it is against the worst defense they'll face all year.

That's fair. And I do hope that repeated execution against ECU pays dividends down the road.

As always Mason, tremendous job on the writeup here. Thanks for your great work!

It certainly counts for something, but the point is that the value of that achievement is diminished by the low quality of defense. So yes, technically it counts for something, but that something isn't anything special.

One thing to note, ECU has started the season with two top 25 teams and team in JMU that is probably top 50 if they played a D1 schedule.

Always choose joy.

Hell, they might be top-50 even playing an FCS schedule.

Travon really cut on the afterburners on the TD catch. He was rolling.

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

Loved how he clutched the ball crossing the goal line. That is called discipline.

Where is Lawson?!

None of this dropping the ball at the 1/2 yard line and it rolling out the back of the end zone shit

or having someone punch it out of the back of the end zone as they did in the UF/UT game yesterday after running 74 yards to the 2 only to concede a touchback

I thought he was just mocking how the ECU players were celebrating TDs in the first quarter by crossing their arms like that (pirate crossbones thing). But maybe not

Great write up man, thanks.

Great game, and recap. I appreciate seeing the plays since it was not available on regular FiOS in Richmond.

But... calling all Hokies.... We need to let ESPN know we are 'Virginia Tech" not "vah-tech". They do not call Georgia Tech 'gah tech" or Louisiana Tech "lah tech" or even UVA "you vah"! I find it insulting to the team and the state. (in their lead video title Virginia Tech routs East Carolina.. http://www.espn.com/college-football/game?gameId=400937468) We need to make our voices heard. Espn's phone number is (888) 549-3776. Let them know it is lazy journalism and offensive to the Commonwealth of Virginia and Virginia Tech.

This is not a new on 1 time occurrence...but has persisted for years.

Part of me says this is a petty first world problem, but I don't disagree with you and wish you luck.

Don't disagree, but it's been this way for a long time. All media, broadcast crews, etc. are told it's not Vah Tech, however it doesn't stop some from saying it.

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

I noticed it on the ESPN recap as well. But I heard Lah Tech again this morning and TBF I'm pretty sure "Lah Tech" is used (proportionally) more than Vah Tech.

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Anyone uttering the phrase "Lah Tech" had better be talking about a piece of software by Donald Knuth.

This thread went well off topic, but it's worth it now.

That moment you don't get the joke reference, Wiki for it, and realize you are still too stupid to get it.

I has it.

LaTeX is a programming language that makes documents for you. It handles equations so fantastically well and just makes very nice, clean documents. It's far superior to Microsoft Word, especially for complicated things like journal articles or books.

One of the wonderful things is that when you make a figure, you just tag it with a name (e.g., pretty-picture) and then reference it by name when writing about it ("As seen in Figure \ref{pretty-picture}, this looks awesome."), so if you decide to delete the first figure later, it re-numbers everything for you. It also automatically handles bibliographies for you.

LaTeX made grad school approximately 100 times easier.

#thingsiblamethemvsfor

I have an entirely different experience with LaTeX. It's an absolute nightmare. I've had to use it for 1 class and use MS Word for the others. Profs can't tell the diff when I turn in a word generated doc instead of a LaTeX doc and it takes me 1/10th the time to write the paper.

LaTeX has a much steeper learning curve. Once you are comfortable with it, it becomes much easier. And the advantages become more relevant with longer and more complicated documents. For simpler documents, like a homework assignment, Word is still easier. But if you go to grad school and write a thesis, you're going to want to use LaTeX.

I'm earning my PhD, in Data Science (so lots of equations and graphics). I've only written short-medium size papers so far (30 pages max), but I seriously doubt that I'll ever touch LaTeX again. Too much hassle, when the latest version of MS Word will do everything that's been listed, by you and others and do it vastly easier.

Definitely not my experience. I wrote a 422-page dissertation for my Ph.D., 130-something figures, dozens of equations, and LaTeX made it a breeze. Everyone I know who used MS Word had to fill in multiple place-holders for their figure, equation, and table numbers, then change it after their committees wanted corrections, then fit the Grad School's formatting requirements, which invariably were wrong somewhere and had to be returned for corrections (sometimes multiple times). Me? After a small learning curve (though I had done some LaTeX for a software manual a few years before), I plugged in my stuff and was immediately accepted.

I helped write an 80 page paper for a competition, using Word. Figures and tables were all linked to references in the text with auto-numbering. If a figure was removed, it removed the reference in the text too. Word is more capable than you think.

Is LaTeX the standard SW used? Yep. It's such a pain to use, that I'll avoid it completely if I can. For example, miss a open or closing bracket, curly brace or parenthesis and the whole thing goes to hell, with virtually no "feedback" from the SW to indicate where the real problem resides (yeah, it highlights a section, but 9 times out of 10, it's not the section with the missing item). I spent hours upon hours looking for simple crap like that. Figure out the proof in 15 min and spend 2 hours trying to get LaTeX to accept the write up.

Maybe you weren't using a helpful editor. TeXstudio is the one I recommend to everyone. It's very nice, and I rarely have issues debugging with it. I also do most of my other programming in Sublime Text recently. A good editor makes life easy, because you're right. Error messages from LaTeX can be challenging.

This is a valid point. I decided to do a bit of research and discovered that TexMaker (I'm on a Mac) gets good reviews and so far def seems to be easier to use and find errors than the other editor that I was using (I don't recall the name and it was on an old laptop).

So far, so good, with TexMaker.

Can confirm, TexMaker very easy to use (on a PC).

#thingsiblamethemvsfor

are you sure it's not 'lah-tex', per ESPN?

Latex

Where is Lawson?!

I was perfectly happy just lurking and reading comments, then you had to go and make this joke. Logged in to give you a leg.

(I pronounce it "Lay-tech," but apparently both are appropriate.)

Eh...

VT 12'... Exit light, Enter night.

I mean I don't like it as much as the next person but offensive? I wouldn't go that far.

In the highlights for the game on ESPN, the announcer calls us VahTech. I hate it.

But he also called them Eastern Carolina, so I guess he's just a disaster no matter how you slice it.

Those announcers were morons. They didn't even know some of the basic rules like there is no "force out of bound" in college. If you're knocked out and don't get a foot in bounds, it's not a catch, it's OB.

You are correct sir!

Where is Lawson?!

I don't think there's a force out rule anywhere anymore.

For the past 20 years or so, I almost never watch NFL, so I don't keep up with their rule changes. Thanks for the update.

VahTech >> VeeTech

Chem PhD '16

Equally bad to me.

No, I *don't* want to go to the SEC. Why do you ask?

We don't love dem Hoos.

Still better than Vippy Sue.

I get why you're on this, it used to annoy me as well. With that said, its caught on and it will not change, no matter how much we hate it. Case in point, USC(w) is Southern California. They cannot stand Southern Cal, but yet that's what they were referred as during their reign in the early 2000s through today.

I'm just happy they're talking about us again.

Don't let this comment take away from the fact that Arkansas blew a 24 point 2nd half lead in the Belk Bowl.
Don't let the Belk Bowl take away from the fact that Matt Ryan blew a 25 point 2nd half lead in the Super Bowl.

USC(w)

FYI.. Doesn't need the '(w)' since USCe sued them and the court decided that the real USC is the one in Southern Cal.

Nobody outside of the Southeast (and even many within it) refers to USC and means South Carolina.

As a fanbase we have taken this wayyy too far. Vah-Tech is a perfectly acceptable pronunciation. This feels way too much like UVA insisting we call their campus "grounds" and juniors "third years", shaming people for saying our name however they damn well please is just as bad.

I've stayed out of this discussion, but...

It's not an acceptable pronunciation. Never, when describing the state of Virginia is it called "vah". If you see VA on an address on a letter, it's either said "Virginia" or the letters V and A. To say anything otherwise wouldn't be correct, and verging on idiotic/confusing.

Our school is named after a state, and should be referred to in the same manner as the state. If someone referred to my state as "vah", I'd call them,or at least think them to be, a dumbass.

Every time I hear it, it's like nails on a chalkboard. The dumbass ESPN announcer actually dropped an Eastern Carolina and a Vah Tech in the same sentence. I instantly cringed.

When a person says VahTech people understand them, therefore it is acceptable. People will say things how they want to and you almost never get to control it. When public figures are constantly getting corrected by a bunch of overly peeved VahTech fans, we simply come off as obnoxious.

Hell, even if we accept the premise that VahTech is unacceptable and plain wrong pronunciation, it literally doesn't matter. Correcting people is annoying and you just piss people off doing it. Let them say it how they want and maybe enjoy that our team is actually being talked about.

Personally I hate Vah Tech but you have a valid argument. The failing for me is that the laziness by announcers does not apply to comparable names. Have you heard any say "Geor" Tech for GT? No. Its always the full Georgia Tech, GT or just Tech.

Why does this laziness only apply to us? Are 3 syllables too much to pronounce?

Well, it would be Gah Tech, not Geor Tech, but your point remains...

Anybody know where to watch the replay of the game? I haven't found it on YouTube yet

It will be up on Hokietapes soon

I haven't found one, been looking since yesterday.

Got it on DVR if you are near Kernersville. Already re-watched once, but willing to enjoy it again with a fellow Hokie.

Sometimes we live no particular way but our own

I'm in Winston Salem. Grew up in Roanoke. Where did you teach? Y'all ever go out anywhere to watch the games. Looking for Hokies in the area.

hokietapes will probably have it up tomorrow, Tues latest

Yeah, saw the tweet this afternoon that it was on the way.

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I can't be the only one who wanted to see Joey Slye in at linebacker

Outside its night time, but inside its LeDay

That's why he squibbed that one kick-off. Showing Oscar Bradburn how it's done.

We almost became the first team to lose their kicker to Targeting.

I wasn't able to watch the first half, I haven't seen that play!

Outside its night time, but inside its LeDay

Nope. I think he should have a shot at backer. By then again Joey is already one of our best defenders. He completely takes away opposing team's return game.

Hokie Love!

Reading your comment, makes me think how consistent he is with touchbacks. According to cfbstats, Joey is #2 the nation in Touchback Percentage at 96% (22 of 23 kicks), while #1 is Florida's KO specialist going just 9 for 9. Considering Joey is tied for #9 in kickoff attempts and has a much higher touchback percentage than anyone that has attempted as many or more (next highest at 78%), it really makes me appreciate how much of a reliable consistent weapon Joey is for special teams.

Also, that means we're scoring a whole lotta times.

The touchback rate for Slye has been a quiet advantage to us for a little while now.

When he graduates, I hope our next man up continues that trend.

Don't let this comment take away from the fact that Arkansas blew a 24 point 2nd half lead in the Belk Bowl.
Don't let the Belk Bowl take away from the fact that Matt Ryan blew a 25 point 2nd half lead in the Super Bowl.

We actually had Slye's back-up kick off after one of our TD's. When your back-up kicker gets in the game, then you know it's a rout.

I want a blowout where our backup kicker is in and our starting kicker is in at linebacker and makes a tackle

Outside its night time, but inside its LeDay

I want a blowout where they ask me to come in from the east stands. And I'm still drunk but still manage to score.

That would be a first for you I hear.

Wet stuff on the red stuff.

Join us in the Key Players Club

God damn you. Take it...

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Guys... great comments, but come on.... a true frosh tight end took TWO ecu defenders out of that speed option run.... Dalton Keene is not the next Sam Rogers... he's a first of a kind and I like like what I'm seeing!

Lets GO!!!!

Ima let you finish but Dalton Keene is the best h-back of all time!

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JJ's accuracy on the out routes was spot on but it looked like they could have arrive a touch earlier.

Where is Lawson?!


Was scrolling through some old gifs and found this gem. Pretty much represents ECU in the second half

I mentioned this in another thread (but I guess its more appropriate here):

Is anyone else concerned about these flat outings by the defense to start the game? Against UDel and ECU it wasn't as concerning (as the final score indicates), but ACC play concerns me. We might fall into a hole we have to get out of.

Eh not too bad because Bud has adjusted very well within a couple drives. We also played Delaware who probably had been gameplanning for us all summer and ECU who thinks our game is the super bowl every year.

"Facyson is a baller."
-CFB

if Tech can perform next week against Old Dominion as well as they did this week

Speaking of which, I happened to notice that the Monarchs got pantsed by a sputtering UNC in Norfolk yesterday. And looking over the box score, it appears that UNC had a lot of success in this game on the ground, gaining 254 yards rushing with a Yards Per Carry of an impressive 5.4 yards. If we're able to have a similar amount of success this weekend, and judging from the way we exploited ECU's weakness up front, I see no reason why we won't, this could be another one where we see the scoreboard spike quickly.

Don't let this comment take away from the fact that Arkansas blew a 24 point 2nd half lead in the Belk Bowl.
Don't let the Belk Bowl take away from the fact that Matt Ryan blew a 25 point 2nd half lead in the Super Bowl.

Add in the fact that ODU has lost their starting RB to injury, as well as their starting QB, we should feast on them too. They will be starting a 17-year old true freshman at QB against us.

Oh goodness, against our defense, too?

Don't let this comment take away from the fact that Arkansas blew a 24 point 2nd half lead in the Belk Bowl.
Don't let the Belk Bowl take away from the fact that Matt Ryan blew a 25 point 2nd half lead in the Super Bowl.

Just inject that RPO to McMillian right into my veins please

Mmmm that's that good shiiiit

C'Mon French. Of all ppl sleeping on cam I'd figure you would be the last one bro. I remember that article you wrote on Cam when he committed to us. In my personal opinion Cam began showing that he was ready to be the #1 receiver last yr around mid season. Dude was out there being straight beastly. Breaking ankles and Crazy stiff arms. #1 and #7 were great receivers for us. Cam is Beastly tho!

Hokie Love!

At least know who wrote the article and come correct.

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Great game once the defense settled down. I didn't realize they only allowed like 70 yds the rest of the game after the 1st qtr. That's insane.

My main point for commenting though was on JJ. It was nice seeing him hit recievers in stride for TDs. A lot of people have commented on how he doesn't have the arm that Evans has but I think he has a better touch. How many times did we see Evans overthrow a wide open Ford or Hodges or Phillips last year. He was good in the short to medium game but Evans overthrew quite a bit. Now everyone will have an overthrow here and there but I think we've seen JJ hit more of those than overthrow them.

JJ isn't the bulldozer that Evans was but can use his legs as we saw against WVU. However I am glad that they are keeping that to a minimum so far this year. Evans was a great player for us but I think JJ is going to be the better Quarterback.

Glad we got these three games to line up for us so we can fix any shortcomings from the WVU game and just work on executing for the most part until we get into the meat of the season.

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

Anyone know where I could find a replay of the game? I haven't had any luck on YouTube, I'm holding off on reading all these analyses until I've actually been able to watch it!

awesome, I have checked a couple times. I listened to it on the radio, but want to actually watch the game.

This is from last night but video is still not online yet. Does it really take more than 12 hours to upload that film?

all the people who didn't get to watch the actual games, directed towards hokietapes:

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You mock us but I want to see this damn game. It appears to be uploaded but listed as private. Cmon man @hokietapes

21st century QBs Undefeated vs UVA:
MV7, MV5, LT3, Jerod Evans, Michael Brewer, Tyrod Taylor, Sean Glennon, and Grant Noel. That's right, UVA. You couldn't beat Grant Noel.

I am anxiously awaiting, but willing to be polite about it.

Now I can't wait to get home after work.

Why wait?

Good stuff Mason! You have to love Dalton Keene.

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What I love about this block is what appears to be improvement from Keene since previous games. I believe French said Keene needed to run through the block and not to it (might have been a different player, not sure). On this play Keene runs through it to the point of appearing to still be churning his legs even after going airborne. Loved this play live and even more in gif format. He's gonna be (already is?) a dude for us.

Yeah it was DK he was talking about.

The best part about what you're describing is that "churning his legs even after going airborne" basically results in the second block being more of a flying knee to the chest.

Agree. Glorious.

You can almost see him thinking, "Which of these guys do I block? Wait... maybe they will line up like dominos..."

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Does anyone have a link to a condensed version of the game? I'm looking for one of those 40 minute youtube videos that shows every place, without all the time in between. Missed the game last weekend, would like to watch without spending 3-4 hours doing so.

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