2005 Virginia Game Analysis: Hokies Dominate Hoos in all Phases

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Despite trepidation from Virginia Tech fans and observers going into the game, the Hokies laid a woodshed whipping on
Virginia Saturday, 52-14, giving Tech their biggest win in the series since a 48-0 victory way back in 1983. Virginia
Tech was never threatened in the game, which ended with the Hokies holding almost a two-to-one edge in yards gained and
time of possession. Virginia Tech played a near-perfect game Saturday, and Virginia paid the price.

This is one of those games that, believe it or not, is difficult to analyze. It was a whipping, and you find yourself
sitting back and saying, “Wow.” Any attempt at analysis comes out looking more like cheerleading, because you
wind up just talking about an endless list of things that Virginia Tech did well and Virginia did poorly.

Having said that, I’ll give it a try, ha-ha.

First we’ll take a look at some of the key stats from Saturday’s game, then we’ll try to put things into perspective.

Key Stats

  • Virginia Tech outgained Virginia 503-254.
  • VT had the advantage in time of possession, 38:23 to 21:37.
  • The Hokies had 55 carries for a season high 333 yards.
  • VT ran 26 more plays than Virginia (86 to 60).
  • UVa had three turnovers, to just one for VT.

When you look at those stats, an outcome of 52-14 makes sense. Virginia got it handed to them, and the Hokies did the
handing. UVa only came out ahead in two stats that show up in an abbreviated box score like what we run on TSL: punting
and penalties. The Hoos averaged 45.2 yards on four punts, and Tech averaged 36.5 on four punts. VT had four penalties
for 49 yards, and Virginia only had one penalty for seven yards.

But good punting and a small advantage in penalties doesn’t win ball games. You’ve got to run, pass, catch, tackle,
and hold onto the ball better than the other team, and Tech did those things best in this game.

The Offense: Pass First, Run Second

One of the more interesting aspects of this game was the run/pass breakdown between