Monday Thoughts: Shinskie Overwhelmed by Tech Defense, Again

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Virginia Tech shut out Boston College on Saturday, and we saw things return to the norm in many ways. The Hokies recorded six sacks, didn’t allow any points, and the Tech offense executed well against zone defense in the passing game. However, some other things that have been problems for Tech recently reared their ugly heads once again.

Note that Will Stewart is unavailable this week, so I’m taking my first ever stab at Monday Thoughts. It’s interesting how much you can pick up when watching the film twice, with a handy rewind button available. Stewart will return to action next week, so to speak.

The Shutout

With their 19-0 win over Boston College, the Hokies shut out an opponent for the first time since they blanked UVA 17-0 at the end of the 2006 season. It was the first time the Eagles have been shut out since Tech did it to them in 1998 on a rainy Thursday night in Chestnut Hill.

Are there still some things to clean up defensively? Does Boston College have poor quarterback play? Yes on both counts. However, things are definitely moving in the right direction on the defensive side of the ball. The Hokies have given up three points in the last six quarters of football.

Tech has also dominated in the second half of both games against East Carolina and BC. The Pirates had 83 yards of total offense in the second half. BC had just 39 yards, 35 of which came on one pass play against the backup secondary on their final possession of the game. This Hokie defense appears to be figuring out how to close games.

They’ll get a much bigger challenge this weekend, however. Russell Wilson is a top notch quarterback, he has good talent around him, Dana Bible is a very good offensive coordinator, and NC State is a confident football team that is ranked in the Top 25 for the first time since the Philip Rivers era.

Defensive Ends Get it Done

Tech’s defensive ends played extremely well against a pair of good offensive