Back in 2007, Virginia Tech went to Clemson and put up 219 yards of total offense, threw for 65 yards, averaged 3.8 yards per carry and went 3-of-14 on third down conversions. They also scored 41 points and won a 41-23 game that wasn’t as close as the final score indicated. The Hokies bombarded the Tigers with a healthy dose of BeamerBall early in the game to take a big lead and overcame their offensive limitations on the way to a big win.
Why am I bringing that game up on September 26, 2013? Because in some ways, that 2007 offense was as limited as this 2013 offense because of personnel. Sure, they had Josh Morgan, Eddie Royal and Justin Harper on the outside, but they also had an offensive line that couldn’t block (this 2013 OL is a lot better, believe it or not), and they had a true freshman scrambling quarterback named Tyrod Taylor who was limited in the passing game.
That offense wasn’t going to go down to Clemson and beat the Tigers without a lot of help from the defense and special teams, just like this offense isn’t likely to win in Atlanta without a little help from BeamerBall. That’s exactly what they got that night in Death Valley.
13:50, Q1: Clemson’s Cullen Harper overthrew his receiver, the ball was deflected into the air, and D.J. Parker picked it off and returned it for a touchdown. 7-zip, Hokies.
9:02, Q1: Eddie Royal returned a punt 33 yards to the Clemson 42. That helped set up a Jud Dunlevy field goal, and the Hokies led 10-0.
4:48, Q1: Eddie Royal returned a punt 82 yards for a touchdown to make it 17-0.
0:23, Q1: Macho Harris intercepted a pass at the Clemson 46, but the VT offense was forced to punt, and the score remained 17-0.
6:49, Q2: Macho Harris returned a kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown to make the score 24-3.
3:09, Q2: Chris Ellis recorded...
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