Old Dominion Review: Running Game Struggles, Tackling Disappears in the Second Half

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Bud Foster, Virginia Tech
Virginia Tech’s young defense sometimes leaves Bud Foster frustrated. (Ivan Morozov)

If you came away with anything from my preview, it’s that ODU’s defense couldn’t cover (especially long-developing patterns), and that the box defenders loved getting upfield, for better and for worse. Tech’s plan on offense was designed to pick on both of those points.

Coach Cornelsen opened the drive with a Split Zone, but did so with a twist. Keshawn King (RB, #35) aligned at an even depth with Ryan Willis (QB, #5). On run plays, this means the RB is usually doing a sweep action because the mechanics of the hand-off make running inside difficult. This was a trick by Tech, though. At the snap, King made a rock step back to get depth for an inside split-zone run. The mike linebacker was disciplined though and made a good tackle.

Cornelsen called a Counter Toss-Read for the next play, the only option play for Willis on the drive: