Central Michigan Monday Thoughts: Taylor Shines in Uneven Effort

When the final gun went off Saturday — or in Virginia Tech’s case, when the
cannon sounded — it marked the halfway point of the regular season for the
Hokies. With the win over Central Michigan, the Hokies moved to 4-2 on the
season, and at 2-0 in the ACC, they stand alone atop the ACC’s Coastal Division.
The Hokies are in the driver’s seat for an appearance in the ACC Championship
Game, and this far into the season, some truths are starting to set in.

One of the interesting things about having to write about Hokie football
games is that I never know what my “angle” is going to be until a game
is over. In the case of Saturday’s game, I found myself pondering not the huge,
arching program-level issues, but the simple statistical oddities that came out
of this contest.

That doesn’t mean that I’m going to flood you with numbers and percentages
till your eyes glaze over. (Actually, some of you like that.) But there were
some strange numbers that came out of this blowout.

On the surface, Saturday’s win was very workmanlike, and it went like you
would expect and hope. After spotting the Chippewas a touchdown, the Hokies ran
off 38 straight points, and coasted to a 45-21 victory.