Inside the numbers: Scoring zone numbers plummet

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Now that we’re back to regular Saturday games, here’s an updated look at Virginia Tech’s numbers in the scoring zone. Remember, the scoring zone is inside the opponent’s 40 yard line.

First, let’s start with the Pitt game. Virginia Tech’s offense struggled mightily against Pittsburgh. They made it into the scoring zone on five different occasions, though it wasn’t all thanks to their own doing.

Drive #1

Tech’s first trip into the scoring zone was thanks to a 38 yard punt return by Greg Stroman all the way to the Pitt 32. However, the VT offense promptly went three and out. Joey Slye salvaged the drive by kicking a 42 yard field goal.

Points: 3

Drive #2

Tech’s second trip into the scoring zone came as the result of a Corey Marshall interception. The Hokies had a first down on the Pitt 24, but failed to convert. Instead, they settled for another field goal by Joey Slye.

Points: 3

Drive #3

On the first drive of the third quarter, Tech advanced from their own 35 all the way to the Pitt 4. However, they couldn’t break the plane of the goal on second and third down, and had to settle for yet another Slye field goal.

Points: 3

Drive #4

The Hokies were back in the scoring zone again early in the fourth quarter. However, a fourth and two pass attempt to Willie Byrn fell incomplete after Pitt snuffed out the play.

Points: 0

Drive #5

Tech’s final trip to the scoring zone finally resulted in a touchdown. After beginning the drive at their own 20, the Hokies hit six passes of 10 or more yards as they went on an 80 yard touchdown drive. Michael Brewer hit Cam Phillips for a 14 yard touchdown.

Points: 7

Trips: 5
Touchdowns: 1
Field goals: 3
Total points: 16
Points per trip: 3.2

We owe most of that 3.2 to Joey Slye, who was perfect on his field goal attempts. Tech bogged down in the scoring zone each time, up until their final trip, but thanks to Slye they were at least able to put field goals on the board.

And now, for the Miami game…

Drive #1

Tech didn’t reach the scoring zone until the second half. In fact, they never crossed midfield