Overall, I’d call Saturday against Furman a success, as an isolated football day and football game. The weather was good, the crowd was bigger than I thought it would be (60,118 announced attendance), the Hokies made it out without any significant injuries, and the final score was of the magnitude that a Virginia Tech-Furman game should be. The Hokies should beat Furman by a score similar to 42-3, and they did.
There are a few things to worry about, and we’ll touch on those, but I preached patience last week, so I must practice what I preach.
Brenden Motley’s Day
In case you missed it in the game recap, here’s an interesting nugget of info from VT Sports Information:
Brenden Motley joined Michael Brewer (2014) and Grant Noel (2001) as the only Virginia Tech quarterbacks under head coach Frank Beamer to throw for more than 200 yards, two touchdowns and not get sacked in his first career start.
That’s a throwaway stat, meaning that it’s interesting, but it doesn’t really mean anything. Or maybe it does. I remember everyone being impressed with Noel’s first start against UConn in 2001: 16-of-20 for 267 yards, 3 TDs, and 0 INTs. “Oooh, maybe we’ve got something here” we all thought.
Time would reveal: not really. Noel’s 2001 turned out to be pedestrian overall (146-of-254 for 1,826 yards, 16 TDs, and 11 INTs) and disastrous in Tech’s biggest opportunity of the year (4-of-16 for 81 yards and 4 INTs vs. #1 Miami).
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