With Duke Brushed Aside, Hokies Can Pick Up Signature Win at Miami

Duke is in the rear view mirror. (Photo by Ivan Morozov)

Virginia Tech easily dispatched Duke in a 24-3 win on Saturday night in Lane Stadium, and I find myself not wanting to talk about the game very much.  I’d rather discuss some trends, and of course talk about next week’s big matchup against Miami.

In my Friday Q&A, I said that I didn’t think the weather on Saturday night was going to be very bad.  I was completely right for the first half, and completely wrong in the second half.  It started pouring down in the third quarter, and it didn’t let up.  When the clouds opened, the Hokies were up 17-3, which is exactly where you want to be when playing in that kind of weather.  Once the rains came, it was very unlikely that quarterback Daniel Jones was going to be able to rally the Blue Devils.

Saturday was the third time in the last five games that Jones completed fewer than 50 percent of his passes.  The Tech defense was a terrible matchup for him in any weather.  Entering Saturday night’s game, opposing quarterbacks were completing 45.3 percent of their passes against the Hokies.  After Saturday’s game, they are now completing just 44.9 percent.  That’s ranks No. 2 in the country, down a spot from last week’s ranking behind only UT-San Antonio.  UTSA held UT-El Paso’s Zack Greenlee to just 8-of-29 on Saturday.  Geez.

But against FBS opponents, Tech is No. 1in the country with a 44.8 percent mark.  In short, it’s incredibly difficult to complete a pass against Bud Foster’s defense, as usual.  Miami quarterback Malik Rosier completed just 16 of his 38 pass attempts yesterday against UNC’s not-so-stout defense.  I’m starting to feel pretty good about next week’s matchup, and I believe the Hokies are going to go down there and win the game.