Virginia Tech Gets by Delaware, But Improvements Are Needed

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The Hokies beat Delaware 27-0. (Ivan Morozov)

That was about what I expected.  I expected a little more than 27 points, and I expected around 400 yards rather than 303 yards.  But on the whole, I didn’t think the Hokies were going to go out there and run Delaware off the field, and they didn’t.

Delaware played their first game on a Thursday, and the Hokies played last Sunday.  Tech had a short week to prepare, and thanks to the physical nature of the West Virginia game, I expect it was a fairly light week of practice.  Meanwhile, the Blue Hens had extra time to prepare and were able to go full tilt during their week of practice.  Combine that with the fact that the Hokies start three freshmen on offense and they were coming off an emotional thriller, and it’s no surprise that yesterday’s game turned out as it did.

I know some were probably disappointed with yesterday’s performance, but I didn’t feel as if anything was broken.  I always talk about that Furman game in 2008, which Tech led 3-0 at halftime and went on to win 24-3.  That day I did leave the stadium thinking something was broken.  This time around, I just thought the subpar offensive performance was more of a product of youth, prep time, and the fact that the Hokies played West Virginia last week.  In the end, Tech won again, and North Carolina lost again, so it was a nice little Saturday in Blacksburg.

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