2005 Football: Matchups to Watch: Virginia Tech vs. WVU

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Two undefeated teams meet in Morgantown for the last meeting (at least for a
while) to determine who will hold the Black Diamond Trophy. This hotly contested
series winds to a close with a number of memorable games, including Michael Vick�s
unbelievable sprint down the sideline to set up Shayne Graham�s winning
44-yard field goal in 1999.

Two years ago, the Hokies were riding high after a 51-7 thrashing of Syracuse
and a lofty #3 ranking only to be dismantled by West Virginia 28-7 and ending
Tech�s hopes for a national championship run. This year Tech again comes off
another impressive 51-7 victory, this time over Georgia Tech, and another #3
ranking � will history repeat itself or will Tech continue on their
disciplined march to potentially greater glory? We�ll find out Saturday, but
first, let�s take a quick look back at last week�s game.

Virginia Tech vs. Georgia Tech �post mortem�

Not much to analyze in this game � Virginia Tech soundly whipped Georgia
Tech in all phases of the game. Offensively and defensively, the Hokies
controlled the line of scrimmage, winning all of the key matchups identified.
Marcus Vick continued to impress with another poised effort and he did an
excellent job reading the multiple looks provided by the Georgia Tech defense.
All of the receivers and running backs played a part in this win, which truly
was an entire team effort. Naturally, special teams played a key role with Jeff
King�s field goal block being the critical play in the game. Nic Schmitt�s
punting was also key in establishing field position that the Hokies would never
relinquish.

The key matchup to watch never really materialized, with Calvin Johnson
spending most of the game at flanker going against Roland Minor. In the second
half we got to see Jimmy Williams covering Johnson some (when the coaching staff
switched Williams to the field corner) and the Georgia Tech receiver was
successful in making a couple of big catches, one for a touchdown on a
beautifully thrown ball by Reggie Ball. Johnson was a factor in the game, but he
was not able to be enough

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