Careful, I keep telling myself. It was just one game. I’m always saying that
you can’t draw a lot of conclusions from one game, and it’s not smart to flip
out or get hyper because of one game. Having said that, the one game we’re
talking about here, a 44-3 win over Division 1-AA William & Mary, was pretty
alarming. It was a win that was lopsided on the scoreboard, but nearly even
statistically. ACC play opens this Saturday for the Hokies, and alarm bells are
For the record, this one was a 44-3 yawner that yours truly left at halftime,
setting a personal record for leaving a Hokie football game early. Hmmm, after
years of staying until the final whistle, with the notable exception of the 1991
whipping at Virginia (38-0, bad guys), I’ve left two out of four games early
this year: LSU and William & Mary. Boy, are those two games at the opposite
end of the spectrum, or what? I went into the game disinterested, and as the
first half muddled to a close, I decided to head out and find something more
engrossing to do.
Here are the pertinent parts of an otherwise forgettable game. First, here’s
the flow of action:
- VT was stopped inside the ten yard line twice by William & Mary and
had to settle for field goals.
- W&M dropped a punt snap, giving Tech the ball on the Tribe 5-yard
line, leading to a short TD run.
- Brandon Flowers returned an interception 49 yards for a TD.
- The Hokies put together their longest drive (9 plays, 58 yards) and got a
TD from Kenny Lewis, Jr., ending the first quarter 27-0.
- Eddie Royal returned a punt 60 yards for a touchdown.
- VT substituted liberally on defense. Purnell Sturdivant got an
- Against VT’s backup defense, W&M drove 94 yards in 9 plays and kicked
a field goal.
- Late in the first half, VT got a 34-yard TD from Branden Ore on a screen
pass, making it 41-3 at half time.
- Second half: VT substituted liberally on offense, including the entire
offensive line, and put forth a very tepid second-half effort, outscoring
W&M 3-0. Final score: 44-3.
Here are the statistics and facts:
- Tyrod Taylor: 6-of-13, 72 yards, 1 TD.
- Branden Ore: 10 carries, 25 yards, 1 TD.
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