2009 Marshall Game Analysis: Hokies Improve on Both Sides of the Ball

After a tough, physical battle against Alabama, the doctor ordered up just
the remedy the Hokies needed: a home opener against an overmatched opponent. The
offense exploded behind two freshmen whiz kids, the defense was better and the
special teams were more consistent. But it’s dangerous to project too much from
Saturday’s performances. Last week, I reiterated a message that I had been
preaching throughout the summer – do not get discouraged over the outcome of the
Alabama game. In the interest of fairness, a similar statement can be made this
week – do not peg the needle too far in the other direction over the results of
the Marshall game. The true gauge of where this team really is will be
determined over the next two weeks when Nebraska and Miami roll into Blacksburg.

Let’s get started on breaking down this one. Is there any question where we
should start? Piling up over 600 total yards is a rarity around these parts, so
there is no better place to begin than with the offense.

Tech’s Offense vs. Marshall’s Defense