Stat Pack: Virginia Tech 17, Virginia 14

, TechSideline.com, on November 24, 2012
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We haven’t done a Stat Pack in a while, so here’s some number-crunching from today’s 17-14 Hokie win over Virginia, in advance of Chris Coleman’s full game recap:

  • Virginia Tech ran 95 plays. The previous season high was 82 against Miami.
  • VT’s offensive output, however was just 303 yards, their worst performance of the season.
  • Virginia only ran 56 plays to VT’s 95, but the Cavs had a higher yards-per-play average than VT, 3.9 to 3.2.
  • The 17 points by VT was their second-worst total of the season, tied with Pittsburgh (35-17 loss) and Clemson (38-17 loss). The worst was 12 against Miami (30-12 loss).
  • Logan Thomas ‘ 29 carries (for 89 yards) were a career-high. The tailbacks only carried the ball 25 times for 74 yards. Martin Scales led the tailbacks with 10 carries for 37 yards.
  • Leading 14-7, Virginia tried a fake field goal that failed. The Hokies responded with a 15-play, 85-yard drive to tie the game. After the failed fake FG, VT ran 42 plays for 182 yards, and UVa ran 13 plays for 13 yards.
  • The disappearing Holmes: Michael Holmes has 69 carries for 282 yards, but has not carried the ball in the last three games. He did not play against FSU or BC, then played and had no carries against Virginia.
  • The Hokies punted 9 times, the most by a VT team since the 2007 Matt Ryan game, when VT also punted 9 times.
  • Detrick Bonner led the Hokies with 10 tackles, a career high for the r-sophomore.
  • VT had 23 first downs, compared to just 7 for Virginia. That’s the second-most first downs for the Hokies this year (24 vs. Miami).
  • Virginia’s 7 first downs are a season low for VT opponents. The previous low was 12 for Bowling Green.
  • Virginia’s 217 yards are a season-low for VT opponents (221 by Austin Peay).
  • After starting 9-of-26, Logan Thomas completed 9 of his last 12 attempts. Ever seen a guy run more hot and cold IN a game?
  • Redshirt junior Antone Exum has 5 career INTs in 40 games … including 2 in the last two games.
  • Martin Scales 10 carries for 37 yards were career highs in both categories. This game was also his first career start.
  • In the battle of two bad turnover-margin teams, VT won the turnover battle 2 to 1. VT is #89 in TO margin, UVa is #111.
  • VT’s 37:30 in time of possession was a season high, beating out the 34:21 posted in the Miami game. VT has won the time of possession battle seven times this season, including the last five games straight.

That’s it for today’s Stat Pack, folks. Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

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