Inside the numbers: Big plays and third downs

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Brewer’s play on third down critical against Western Michigan and for the rest of the season

Virginia Tech is currently #11 in the country in third down conversions. Michael Brewer has a lot to do with that. The Hokies got off to a tough start on third downs against Western Michigan (4-of-9 in the first half), but they rallied to go 10-of-18. Brewer’s performance on third down on Tech’s scoring drives was absolutely critical.

First, let’s look at the plays he made on scoring drive #2, which resulted in a 29-yard touchdown pass to Bucky Hodges. The Hokies faced three third down situations on that drive, and he converted all of them.

3rd and 6, VT 24: Complete to Bucky Hodges for 14 yards
3rd and 8, VT 40: Complete to Isaiah Ford for 15 yards
3rd and 9, WMU 29: Complete to Bucky Hodges for 29 yards, touchdown

None of those were third and shorts. They were all third and medium to third and long.

On Virginia Tech’s first touchdown drive of the second half, the Hokies only threw one pass. However, it was on third down and resulted in a touchdown strike to Isaiah Ford. Brewer also converted a third down with his legs on that drive.

3rd and 4, VT 26: 15 yard scramble
3rd and 5, WMU 7: Complete to Isaiah Ford