Hokie Defense Back at the Top

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Defense Dominates

In 2005, Virginia Tech finished the season with the #1 defense in the
country. In the offseason they lost Darryl Tapp, Justin Hamilton, Jimmy
Williams, James Anderson, Jonathan Lewis and Tim Sandidge to the NFL. Despite
those losses, the Hokies find themselves #1 in the nation in total defense
following the Kent State game.

VT’s
Defensive Stats
Category Yards/Points National
Rank
ACC Rank

Total Defense
228.4 1 1

Rushing Defense
100.7 21 7

Pass Defense
127.7 1 1

Scoring Defense
10.6 3 1

It’s not bad when your worst defensive catetory is 21st in the nation. It
also shows how good the ACC defenses are against the run, or perhaps how poor
the ACC offenses are at running the football.

The most impressive statistic is probably pass defense. The Hokies lost Jimmy
Williams, and Unanimous All-American. He was a second round pick of the Atlanta
Falcons. They also lost free safety Justin Hamilton, a seventh round pick of the
Cleveland Browns. And defensive backs coach Lorenzo Ward departed for the
Oakland Raiders.

The Hokies brought in Torrian Gray to coach the DBs, and they haven’t
missed a beat. In fact, cornerback play has gotten even better with starting
sophomores Brandon Flowers and Macho Harris.

The defensive line lost seniors Darryl Tapp, Jonathan Lewis and Tim Sandidge
to the NFL. With that type of talent exodus, it’s understandable that the
Hokies are “only” 21st nationally against the run.

Offense Lags Behind

While the Virginia Tech defense is dominating their opponents, the offense is
getting dominated. The Hokie offense ranks in the top half of the nation and the
ACC in just one major category.

VT’s
Offensive Stats
Category Yards/Points National
Rank
ACC Rank

Total Offense
300.2 94 6

Rushing Offense
118.4 83 8

Passing Offense
181.8 77 5

Scoring Offense
26.8 39 2

The Hokies rank 39th in the nation in scoring offense, and that’s the best
they can muster. Of course, the Tech defense and special teams has helped the
scoring offense quite a bit this season. The defense and special teams
have scored four touchdowns and recorded two safeties.

Virginia Tech’s rushing offense is 83rd nationally, despite the tremendous
play of Branden Ore. And the Hokies’ passing offense actually ranks higher
than the rushing offense, which shows what a struggle this season has been for
the offensive line.

Despite their low national rankings, the Hokies rank in the top half of the
ACC in total offense and passing offense, showing that the ACC is truly a
defensive conference without much offensive firepower.

ACC in the Top 25

After the weekend’s action, there are now six ACC teams ranked in the top
25. At the beginning of the season, would you have believed that six ACC teams
would be ranked on November 13, and that none of them would be named Miami or
Florida State? That is exactly what has happened.

ACC
in the Top 25
Team AP Poll USA
Today
Harris

Wake Forest
14 14 14

Georgia Tech
18 18 18

Virginia Tech
19 19 19

Boston College
20 20 20

Maryland
21 21 21

Clemson
25 25 NR

Wake Forest is the highest ranked team in the ACC and deservedly so. The Demon
Deacons traveled to Tallahassee over the weekend and destroyed the Seminoles
30-0. They will face Virginia Tech in a huge ACC matchup this Saturday.

Georgia Tech traveled to Chapel Hill and clinched the ACC Coastal Division,
barely beating the North Carolina Tar Heels 7-0. It was a bad performance for
the Yellow Jacket offense, but nevertheless, they are headed to Jacksonville the
first weekend of December.

Boston College (4-2 ACC), Maryland (5-1 ACC) and Wake Forest (5-1 ACC) are
still eligible for the Atlantic Division championship. Wake Forest can lose to
Virginia Tech this weekend, but it won’t matter if they defeat Maryland the
next week. They would own the tiebreaker against Maryland and Boston College in
that situation. (Wake beat BC 21-14 on November 4th).

Maryland will win the Atlantic Division if they beat Wake Forest, and either
defeat Boston College, or Boston College is defeated Miami. Boston College can
win the division if they defeat Maryland and Miami, and Wake Forest loses to
Virginia Tech and Maryland.

Wake Forest Game Time Announced

The Wake Forest kickoff time was announced Saturday night. The game in
Winston Salem will kickoff at 7 pm and will be televised by ESPN2. As noted
above, Wake Forest is coming off a 30-0 drubbing of Florida State on the road.
The Hokies knocked off Kent State 23-0.

Tickets are still available from the Wake Forest ticket office. You can order
online here.
You can also call 1-888-758-DEAC.

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