Tech’s Offense Keeps Rolling, While the Defense Loses More Players

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Despite a slow start, Virginia Tech whipped Boston College 30-14 in Lane Stadium on Saturday. The offense put up big yardage numbers, which is starting to become a trend. Defensively, Tech played well, but as a result of more injuries there are serious concerns.

The Offense Keeps on Rolling

The Hokies only had six points at halftime, and there wasn’t a lot to be happy about. The one good thing in the fist half was the fact that the Tech offense succeeded in the two minute offense yet again, with Logan Thomas driving the Hokies down the field for a field goal on the final play of the half.

At halftime, I thought the coaching staff made a couple of key adjustments that led to more success on the ground. First, I thought they ran David Wilson out of more power formations. Second, and perhaps most important, they stopped trying to drive block Boston College. The Eagles have a big, strong defense, and Tech focused on cut blocking on the edge in the second half and they succeeded in getting the outside linebackers and safeties off their feet. That sprung David Wilson for several big gains on the ground.

The result was another big statistical game for the Tech offense. The Hokies gained 482 yards, the exact number they had two weeks ago against Miami. In between, they put up 473 yards on the Wake Forest defense. With 444 yards against Marshall and 427 against Arkansas State, the Tech offense has been rolling recently. With the exception of that Clemson game of course.

David Wilson is fourth in the nation in rushing yards per game, averaging 129.63 yards per game. He leads the nation in total rushing yards with 1,037, and he’s the first back in the country to eclipse the 1,000 yard barrier.

At quarterback, Logan Thomas continues to put up big numbers. He is the first quarterback under Frank Beamer to throw for 260 yards in three consecutive games. He is also the first quarterback under Beamer to complete 22+ passes in three games in a single season.

Think about that for a moment. Frank Beamer has been coaching for a long time, and he’s never had a quarterback put up these types of numbers. Several factors