Film Room: Virginia Tech’s Defense Holds On to Beat West Virginia

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It was close, but Virginia Tech’s defense held on to beat West Virginia 31-24. (Photo by Ivan Morozov)

Sunday night vs. West Virginia was not a banner day for the Virginia Tech defense.

West Virginia’s offense racked up the yards, finishing with 592 total. WVU averaged 6.3 yards per rush and ran 89 offensive plays. Despite those mind-boggling stats, the Mountaineers scored just 24 points and lost. In terms of plays ran, Virginia Tech has only seen an opposing offense run 80 or more plays three times in the last three seasons, dating back to 2014. West Virginia’s 89 offensive plays finishes second only to Syracuse in that time span, who ran 100 plays last season vs. the Hokies.

Those 89 plays by West Virginia sucked the life out of the Virginia Tech defense, but the Hokies were able to get the job done, particularly on the final drive of the game. Let’s take a look at some of the key plays from that drive, including a play where West Virginia nearly forced overtime.

West Virginia starts with the run

We’ll start with the first play of the drive. West Virginia has the ball at their own 20-yard-line, and the Mountaineers hold two of their timeouts with 1:40 remaining.

Virginia Tech is in their 30-package on this play with six