The Fisher Law Firm Friday Q&A: Would You Rather Beat WVU or Clemson?

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1) What balance on offense do you expect to see on Sunday? Is there a number, an offensive metric if you will, outside of “score more points,” that you’ll be looking at (i.e., run/pass balance, number of times JJ throws it, number of times we run the ball, TOs, etc.) that will guide your early assessment and eventual outcome? – BackInTheBurg

Chris Coleman: That’s a good question. I always think back to Justin Fuente’s comment: “throw to score, run to win.” If the Hokies are running the football a lot in the second half on Sunday night, that means they’ve got a lead, they feel comfortable hanging onto it, and they are just trying to run block and manage the game. The ideal second half for the Hokies would be the North Carolina game last year, when Tech threw just one pass.

Of course, the elements had a lot to do with that. Even if we are somehow up by 20-plus points on Sunday night, we’ll throw the ball more than once in the second half. Still, if you look at the box score on Monday morning and see a high proportion of running plays to passing plays in the second half, you’ll be reading about a comfortable Virginia Tech victory.

The other thing is turnovers. Justin Fuente has made them a focus this year. In his first press conference of the spring, he began talking about turnovers, and it was totally unprompted. Getting info from Fuente can sometimes be like pulling