2006 Monday Thoughts: The Virginia Game

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I always like to look for something a little different when breaking down games, but as I watched this game, I found
myself thinking the same thing I thought about the Wake Forest game. Namely, this was a competitive game, but the Hokies
made about three plays that separated them from Virginia. The Cavaliers didn’t respond, and that was that, just like
against Wake Forest.

There were some strange parallels to Tech’s victory over Wake, like Sean Glennon completing two out of every three
passes (12-of-18), just like he did against Wake Forest (14-of-21); like the Hokies scoring just once in the first half,
holding a slim half time lead (7-0 vs. UVa, 7-3 vs. Wake), and pulling away in third quarter; and like the Hokie defense
stifling an opponent and keeping them out of the end zone.

Much like against Wake, the Hokies made a small handful of plays that decided the game. Tech got a sack and a fumble
inside Virginia territory and turned it into seven points. Sean Glennon ran for 19 yards, and UVa tacked on a personal
foul to put Tech in scoring range for the Hokies’ only field goal. And lastly, Eddie Royal broke a tackle and turned a
small gain into a long touchdown. That accounted for 17 points, which is 16 more than Tech needed to win the game.

But Wake Forest did more to be competitive than Virginia did. Whereas the Demon Deacons penetrated deep into Tech
territory a couple of times and had a pair of 75-yard drives, the Cavaliers managed only 112 yards on the day, including
a paltry 22 yards in the second and third quarters combined. That’s not a misprint.

Virginia never strung together a drive longer than seven plays or a possession that netted more than 29 yards. The
Cavaliers ran only one play on Tech’s side of the field, a punt. The Hokies … but wait, I’m getting ahead of myself.
I’ve already given some general thoughts about the rivalry in my Saturday night column Beamer,
Hokies Clearly in Control of State Rivalry
, but there’s a lot else to talk about.

As Time Goes By, Tech Looks More and More Like Tech

In the last few games, the old standbys that we have come to love about Virginia Tech have returned. I’m not talking
special teams, because