Hokies Make Second Half Adjustments Against Austin Peay

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Virginia Tech got by Austin Peay on Saturday.  Though the Hokies didn’t play particularly well, it’s still a win, and on we go to Pittsburgh.

I really don’t have a lot to say about this game.  Virginia Tech didn’t practice on Tuesday, and they had what amounts to a walk-through on Friday, so they basically had about 2.5 days of practice to get over a physical game against Georgia Tech and prepare for the Governors.  I think they should have played better, but I’m not going to get up in arms about things…yet.  If the Hokies don’t play well offensively against Pitt next week, then I might change my tune.

I only have a couple of topics to discuss today.  Then we’ll give out helmet stickers, and have a brief update on the Pitt Panthers.

Taking a Half to Adjust?

I sat in the south endzone on Saturday, so I had a good view of the alignments of both teams.  I don’t profess to be the best X’s and O’s guys in the world, but it seemed pretty clear to me that Austin Peay decided to stack the inside of the box between the tackles with more defenders than the Hokies had blockers.  There always seemed to be an unblocked defender in the first half.

Tech’s offensive line struggled as a result.  They didn’t block well, and that’s always a problem, but perhaps and even bigger issue was that extra defender.  Time and time again the Hokies came up to the line and tried to run it between the tackles, and many times Austin Peay had an extra defender right there waiting on the ball carrier.

The Tech passing game didn’t do much to take Austin Peay out of that defense.  We again saw a couple of very catchable passes dropped by Dyrell Roberts and Marcus Davis , and we again saw Logan Thomas sail a throw or two (in particular a pass to Davis, who couldn’t get high enough to get his hands on the ball despite a 44″ vertical jump.

In the second half, we saw Virginia Tech attack Austin Peay with a totally different gameplan.  They hit them on the edges with outsize zones (for example, the Tony Gregory touchdown…it