Inside the Numbers: Scoring zone numbers hit rock bottom against Wake

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Virginia Tech’s scoring zone numbers hit rock bottom last week against Wake Forest.  In five trips inside the Wake 40, the Hokies managed just three total points.  That’s as bad as it gets.

Before we get to the Wake game, let’s focus on the Duke game…

The scoring zone numbers against Duke were the best they’ve been all season: 5.67 points per trip.  However, that comes with a couple of caveats.  First, they only reached the scoring zone three times against the Blue Devils.  Second, two of their three trips came because the defense or special teams forced turnovers inside the Duke scoring zone.

Trip 1

After Deon Clarke intercepted a pass at the VT two, the Hokie offense marched 98 yards on a touchdown drive that culminated in a great pass and catch from Michael Brewer to Isaiah Ford in the corner of the endzone.

Points: 7

Trip 2

Derek DiNardo intercepted a pass and returned it to the Duke nine.  The Hokies promptly lost nine yards on the ensuing possession, but the Joey Slye field goal netted three points.

Points: 3

Trip 3

Tech began this drive at the Blue Devil 31 after a Duke fumble on the kickoff return.  Michael Brewer hit Bucky Hodges for a touchdown pass in the back of the endzone that gave the Hokies the lead.

Points: 7

That’s a total of 17 points, which comes out to 5.67 points per trip.  When the Hokies got the ball in the scoring zone, they were able to cash in.  However, the big problem is that the offense only advanced the ball into the scoring zone once in four quarters of football.  Defense and special teams gave them the ball in the scoring zone on the other two occasions.  That’s not going to lead to long term success.

And now, onto the Wake Forest game.  The Hokies had five trips into the scoring zone, including the two in overtime where they automatically started at the Demon Deacon 25.

Trip 1

Tech advanced to the Wake Forest 36 on the first drive of the game.  However, the drive stalled following three consecutive pass attempts