No. 13 Louisville Pummels Virginia Tech, 34-3

No. 13 Louisville pummeled Kyron Drones and Virginia Tech on Saturday afternoon. (Ivan Morozov)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Virginia Tech was overpowered by No. 13 Louisville on Saturday at L&N Federal Credit Union Stadium, falling 34-3.

The Cardinals (8-1, 5-1 ACC) scored on their first two possessions and immediately put the Hokies (4-5, 3-2 ACC) on their heels. Jawhar Jordan had a 1-yard touchdown run with 6:53 in the first quarter before Isaac Guerendo scored on a 39-yard run on the first play of the second quarter.

Tech got on the board on the last play of the first half via a career-long 44-yard field goal by John Love, but it was the only points it generated all afternoon. The offense had one red-zone trip, advancing as far as the Louisville 12 right before halftime, but a pass interference pushed the unit back to the 27, where it settled for three points.

The Cardinal defense lived in the Hokies’ backfield and got to quarterback Kyron Drones four times. That pressure started early when T.J. Quinn and Stephen Herron took down Drones on the first play of the game for a 10-yard loss, and they had sacks on the second and third series, too.

It wasn’t until the middle of the third quarter when Louisville put the game out of reach, however. After the Hokies forced a three-and-out on the Cardinals’ first possession of the second half, Jeff Brohm’s group responded quickly on their next possession with a five-play, 63-yard drive, capped off by a 37-yard reception from Jadon Thompson. It was the only passing touchdown of the day for Jack Plummer (11-of-12, 141 yards).

Trailing 21-3, Tech handed the ball right back when Drones (12-of-21, 69 yards) threw his second pick of the season. He tried to hit Da’Quan Felton on a crossing route over the middle, but the pass was broken up by Storm Duck, and the ball popped up in the air for T.J. Quinn. The Cardinals quickly extended their lead three plays later when Guerendo punched it in from 12 yards out. Kicker Brock Travelstead missed the ensuing extra point, leaving the score at 27-3.

Saturday in Louisville was not a very pretty day for Virginia Tech and Brent Pry, who were held to three points. (Ivan Morozov)

It wasn’t a completely terrible outing for the Virginia Tech defense — it got its first red zone stop of the season in the first half when Travelstead missed a 31-yard field goal, and it forced four punts in the second half — but it had no help from the offense. The Cardinals stymied the Hokies and had seven tackles for loss. That said, the Hokies gave up a season-high 7.5 yards per play. Louisville had 382 yards on just 51 offensive plays.

Tech punted seven times throughout the afternoon on 11 drives and only advanced into Louisville territory twice. The offense, which posted 140 yards, finished below 200 yards for the first time since a 17-13 loss vs. Pitt on Oct. 2015.

The icing on the cake for the Cardinals was a 36-yard rush from Guerendo with 8:16 remaining in the fourth quarter, his third score of the day. Though Jordan was limited to 57 yards on 14 attempts, Guerendo sparked the Louisville offense, finishing with 146 yards on 11 carries (13.3 average). Brohm’s offense posted 382 total yards, 231 of which came on the ground.

A trip to Chestnut Hill is up next for the Hokies. They’ll face Boston College at noon on Saturday, Nov. 11, from Alumni Stadium, needing two wins in the final three games to qualify for a bowl game.

Box Score: No. 13 Louisville 34, Virginia Tech 3 

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  1. I guess every team has haters. True fans are there for their team in good and bad times. It’s not hard to see the progress Pry and staff and players are making. Do they have a ways to go? Well, sure they do. Pry got some good folks in this year and has a strong class of recruits coming next year. He even has kids committing beyond that.

    I agree with what some others said. Haters grab a Zima and go pull for UVA.

  2. Against FSU, VT didn’t have any expectations and about 1/3 of the way through they realized they could play some good football. It carried over. They won a few. And when that happens to teams that are just getting their feet under them, they “think” they are good enough and get pummeled. College football story as old as the game itself. That said, they needed to get pummeled. They have to know they have to work harder, be smarter, play disciplined, and put all that excitement “make a play” energy into focusing on their role, the discipline of their craft, and being decisive.

        1. Thank you HokieSteve! I wrote exactly *1* post on the boards that the dolts would re-emerge after this game calling for EVERYONE including Whit to be fired. These geniuses are so predictable. Wash your hands of the Funyons dust, watch another game besides VT and get a clue as to how programs build and rebuild.

      1. How does an unranked 4-4 team choke against the 13th ranked team in the country. Go be a bot somewhere else.

        1. Still… they couldn’t even muster a touchdown? Got it, playing a superior, ranked opponent but this feels like a step backward. Hopefully better things to come to close out the season.

      1. Smartly only threw the ball 13 times. Ground and pound knowing you have more talent / experience.

    1. Yes, apologies. Didn’t show up in the drive chart for some odd reason, so I forgot that Tech got up to the 12. It’s fixed. Thanks for pointing that out.

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