2005 NC State Game Analysis: Calm, Cool Hokies Carry Out the Plan

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Remember back in the 1980s or early 1990s, when Virginia
Tech would put a scare into Florida State, Oklahoma, or Miami, maybe even
outplay them on the stat sheet, only to lose? Reversal is sweet, and despite
Virginia Tech being outgained by over 200 yards, the Hokies, who have
rediscovered how to win since a disastrous 2003, did what it took to get out of Raleigh
with the W.

Defensive Player
of the Game

picture: hokiesports.com
#36 Aaron Rouse

ROV, 6-4, 221, rJr.
Score: 49.8 points

Click here for an explanation of the award and how the scoring is done

(page still shows 2004 results)

Rouse ran away with it for this game, with two
interceptions for 18 yards, 8 total tackles (4 UT, 4 AT), a forced fumble, and 2
passes defensed.

49.8 points.


Jimmy Williams, 18.4 points (4 solo tackle, 1 assist, 2 TFLs for 17 yards in
losses, including a sack).

Now that I’ve had a day to reflect on this game and watch
my DVD of it, I’ve decided that above all, this game was exactly what it needed
to be: a win. It was ugly at times, and the defense struggled much more than I
expected them to, but in the end, it was a win, and there