Hokies Too Physical, Too Tough for UVA

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Most of us were expecting Virginia Tech to beat Virginia on Saturday, but I don’t think any of us were expecting a 38-0 shellacking. The Hokies were the dominant team, they are peaking, and they’ll take their young, scrappy defense and talented offense to Charlotte for a chance at the ACC Championship next Saturday. Today, we’ll focus on the storylines of yesterday’s rout in Charlottesville.

Helmet Stickers

I should have been doing this for my day after columns all season. These are the guys who really stood out to me during the game.

Marcus Davis: Davis had a great game for the Hokies, catching two deep balls to set the tone in the first half. He caught the ball well, and looked like the player we all thought he could be for the Hokies.

Logan Thomas: Any quarterback who can decleat a safety like that deserves a helmet sticker. Thomas looks like the best quarterback in the ACC to me.

David Wilson: Wilson finally got into the endzone, twice to be exact. He was fast and physical, and left UVA defenders in his wake.

James Gayle: Gayle had two sacks, but even if he had no sacks, he’d still get a helmet sticker from me. He had to deal with the tight end and the offensive tackle all day, but despite being double teamed he kept his motor running and was a force all day. If you rewatch the game, watch Gayle. You’ll be impressed with how hard he played.

Luther Maddy: I thought the true freshman defensive tackle played a very good game on Saturday. It might not reflect in the stats, but he was strong at the point of attack and he chased the football.

Andrew Miller: Miller couldn’t practice all week, but he sucked it up and played on Saturday. That’s toughness.

Danny Coale: Coale is the type of player who does the little things that help his team win. On Saturday, he served as Tech’s punter, averaging 47.5 yards per punt, and he got a lot of height on his kicks.

Beamer Goes for the Shutout

Frank Beamer didn’t have Mark Leal throwing the football to get his r-freshman quarterback work. He had him throwing it to pick up first downs, so the Hokies could run the clock and keep UVA’s offense off the field and preserve the shutout. It was clear to me watching the game that Beamer really wanted to blank the Hoos if given the opportunity, and he took full advantage.

Leal completed a third down

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