Inside the numbers: Scoring zone numbers improve

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For the first time since the Western Michigan game, Virginia Tech’s scoring zone numbers went up from week to week against Boston College. In fact, the scoring zone numbers against the Eagles were higher than in any game since Ohio State.

The Hokies weren’t perfect inside the 40 against Boston College, but overall they were pretty good, and I think they did enough to win. However, they allowed too many big plays defensively, had a field goal blocked, and fumbled a kickoff return. Ultimately that cost them the game. Let’s look at each scoring zone drive.

Drive 1

BC’s opening kickoff was returned to the 10 yard line by the Hokies (take a dang knee!) and a penalty quickly pushed them back to their own five. However, they turned that into a 95 yard touchdown drive. A 44 yard catch and run by Willie Byrn was the key play, and Marshawn Williams ran it in from the eight.

Points: 7

Drive 2

Tech’s second drive in the scoring zone began at the BC 46 after a long kickoff return by J.C. Coleman. The Hokies moved the ball all the way to the Eagle five, but a sack of Michael Brewer on third down ended any hopes of a touchdown. Joey Slye nailed the short field goal for three points.

Points: 3

Drive 3

Again, Tech’s third drive in the scoring zone also began at the BC 46. After hitting Willie Byrn for six yards, Jerome Wright had a three yard run on second down. However, he was stopped for a no gain on third and fourth down, and the drive ended with no points.

Points: 0

Drive 4

Tech’s final drive of the first half began at the BC 23 after a 35 yard punt return by Kyshoen Jarrett. The Hokies picked up a first down, but there wasn’t enough time left on the clock to go for a touchdown, and they had to settle for a 30 yard field goal attempt by Joey Slye. Unfortunately the kick was blocked, and Tech came away with no points.

Points: 0

Drive 5

Tech’s first drive of the fourth quarter ended with a touchdown. The Hokies converted two critical fourth downs on the drive, including one on a fake punt. Michael Brewer also connected with Cam Phillips for a 33 yard gain on a third and 17. The drive ended when Brewer had a quarterback sneak for a touchdown