2005 Keys to the Game: West Virginia

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Undefeated, highly ranked, and feeling pretty good about themselves, the
Hokies return to the scene of the 2003 Morgantown Massacre to face the
Mountaineers of West Virginia. The Hokies and Mountaineers will square off one
last time in a bitter rivalry that has become nastier over the last few years.

games like this, �X�s� and �O�s� often take a back seat to emotion,
intensity, focus, and discipline. Inspired by an ACC-sized chip on their
shoulder and a tanked-up Wednesday night mob disguised as the home field crowd,
the Mountaineers outclassed the Hokies in all of those areas two years ago. As
Frank Beamer likes to say, things got �out of whack� in a hurry.

Last year, in Blacksburg, the Hokies returned the favor, knocking the
highly-ranked Mountaineers off their perch. They did it using a familiar formula
that has been highly successful over the years � domination on defense and big
plays on special teams. Both should be big factors again for the Hokies this

Let�s take a look at the keys for a Tech victory�..

Game Key: Match the Intensity

There is little doubt about what WVU will be bringing to the party come Noon
on Saturday. This is a game that has been circled on Mountaineer calendars since
the schedules came out and, with Louisville�s loss last weekend, those
calendars now stretch across the northeast to the Big East offices in New York.

The Hokies have a big talent advantage, but they will have to match WVU�s
intensity for that talent advantage to matter. Both teams will look to impose
their will on the other. Toughness, attitude, intimidation — which team will
back down first? I don�t think it will be Hokies this time.

Tech Defense vs. WVU Offense

offense is predicated on spreading out the defense and then