2005 Maryland Game Analysis: Mistake-Prone Hokies Pull Away

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Did you laugh when I said there would come a game where VT wouldn’t be at their best, and that game might come
against Maryland last Thursday? Did you scoff and puff up your chest and shout, “What’s everybody so worried about?
Hokies will win by six touchdowns!” on the message board? Did you really think that a college football team,
comprised of emotional testosterone-pumped 18 to 23 year olds, could continue to operate with machine-like precision, as
the Hokies had done in their first six games?

Defensive Player
of the Game

picture: hokiesports.com
#9 Vince Hall

LB, 6-0, 246, rSo.
Score: 28.4 points

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Vince Hall wins it for the second week in a row, with 6 solo tackles, 8 assisted tackles, a sack
and one pass defensed

28.4 points.

James Anderson, 25 points (9 total tackles, 0.5 TFLs, an
interception, and 1 pass defensed.).

Virginia Tech had been nearly perfect in going to 6-0, but even perfect teams eventually break down and play a subpar
game. To think otherwise is foolish, because we all have bad days at work. The hope is that despite our struggles, we
still manage to get the job done, and that’s what the Hokies did Thursday night, easily beating Maryland 28-9 despite...