Hokies Prepared and Focused Against Appalachian State

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Sure, it was Appalachian State, but I liked a lot of the things I saw from Virginia Tech in yesterday’s 66-13 win. But most of all, it feels good to finally be 1-0 again.

The last time the Hokies were 1-0 was 2007, and even then they didn’t play well in a 17-7 win over East Carolina. The last time they were 2-0 was 2006, but they played bad Northeastern and UNC teams and there were still obviously a lot of flaw on the team. It’s been a long time since the Hokies started a season like they did yesterday.

I haven’t watched the film, and these Sunday articles aren’t going to be based on game tape. They are going to be based on my observations watching the game, either in person or on television.

I’m not sure where Appalachian State would be if they played 1-A football. I think they would be very competitive in a smaller conference such as the Sun Belt, or maybe the MAC, but there is really no way to compare. All we can do is look at what the Hokies did, and evaluate it.

The Offense

Virginia Tech put up 518 yards of total offense on Saturday, and that’s an impressive number. Am I going to nitpick a little bit later in the article? Yes. But if you go back three years to that 2008 Furman game, when Tech led just 3-0 at halftime and put up just 329 yards for the game, you can appreciate how far the offense has come.

The Hokies have athletes at every position, none better than David Wilson, who had 16 carries for 162 yards and three touchdowns in his first game as Virginia Tech’s starting tailback. That’s a great start, and if you’ve seen Wilson in scrimmages this August, it’s not a surprise. He’s an explosive athlete in the open field, particularly on his outside runs.

Tech ran for 256 yards as a team, averaging 5.7 yards per carry. Those are good numbers, but they are also numbers you would expect when facing a 1-AA defense that was below average against the run last season.

I’m a little concerned that most of Tech’s yardage came on outside runs. That’s not surprising, but I’m still not sold on the Hokies’ ability to have a consistent, power running game between the tackles. That will be something to keep an eye on as the season goes along.