Virginia Tech used a second quarter barrage of points to jump in front of Bowling Green, and then coasted to a 37-0 win in Lane Stadium on Saturday afternoon. The Hokies improved to 3-1 on the season, while the Falcons dropped to 1-3.
The Hokies had -1 yards of total offense after their first possession. However, they gradually got rolling, running off 21 points in the second quarter to take a big lead, and then kept the pressure on in the second half. Tech dominated the game statistically.
First downs: 22 to 12
Rushing yards: 246 to 133
Passing yards: 150 to 133
Total yards: 396 to 266
TOP: 32:07 to 27:53
Third down conversions: 6 of 14 to 4 of 16
After the first quarter, Tech hit Bowling Green with a dominant outside running game, and they featured their fastest running backs to do so. Tony Gregory had 11 carries for 68 yards, and he also caught 2 passes for 20 yards. J.C. Coleman had 45 yards on just four carries, and he added a 10 yard touchdown reception.
Saturday saw the return of heavy doses of read option, with Logan Thomas being used as both the inside and outside option at different times. Thomas carried the ball 15 times for 65 yards and a touchdown. Michael Holmes had only four carries, but he busted one for 40 yards and finished with 51 total rushing yards, including a touchdown. Martin Scales added 3 carries for 15 yards and a touchdown.
Overall, the Hokie running game dominated after the first quarter, and Tech averaged 5.7 yards per carry.
The passing game didn’t go as well. Logan Thomas threw for two touchdowns, but he was only 11-of-26 for 144 yards with an interception. Accuracy wasn’t his biggest issue on Saturday. The biggest issue was the lack of cohesion in the passing game. Tech’s receivers struggled to get open at times, and several other times they and Thomas were not on the same page, with Thomas throwing out and the receivers running in, or vise versa.
The Tech defense got back to what they are known for, shutting out the overmatched Bowling Green offense. A 47 yard run by Andre Givens against the second team defense in the fourth quarter gave Bowling Green 133 rushing yards for the day, but on the whole, the VT defense shut down the Falcon running attack, which is Bud Foster’s #1 goal each and every game.
Jack Tyler paced the Hokies with seven tackles, while Tyrel Wilson and Matt Roth added sacks. Roth’s sacked forced a fumble on the last Bowling Green drive of the game. Antone Exum had an interception for the second consecutive game.
There still appeared to be a few miscommunications and blown coverages in the secondary, but not nearly as many as we saw against Pitt last week. As a team, Bowling Green completed just 14-of-42 passes for 133 yards, with no touchdowns and an interceptions, so it was a much better day for the Tech secondary.
Tariq Edwards also made his return to the Tech defense, playing in his first game of the season. He played with the #2 defense in the fourth quarter, assisting on one tackle.
The Hokies return to action next Saturday when they take on Cincinnati in Landover, MD. Kickoff time for the game will be set tomorrow (Sunday). The Bearcats are 2-0 on the season, and they were idle on Saturday.