Virginia Tech Wins Shortened Game With Rhode Island

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Justin Fuente and the Hokies are 4-2. (Ivan Morozov)

I don’t have a whole lot to say about the Rhode Island game, but we’ll cover a few important topics including Rhode Island’s gameplan and their ability to shorten the game, weak links on Virginia Tech’s defense, the improvement of Hendon Hooker, and a few others.

The Rhode Island Gameplan And How it Limited Virginia Tech’s Offense

Virginia Tech had the ball just eight times on Saturday’s game, not counting the final possession with Quincy Patterson handing it off a couple of times.  Rhode Island went with a short passing game and really tried to limit the number of opportunities the Hokies had to score, because they knew they couldn’t stop Tech in a normal game.

Here are the number of possessions Tech’s offense has had in each game thus far…

Boston College: 15
Old Dominion: 11
Furman: 11
Duke: 12
Miami: 13
Rhode Island: 8

That wasn’t a normal game on Saturday.  Yes, Tech could have done more with their eight opportunities, but I also think had they had the ball 11, 12, or 13 times, they would have scored 50+ with over 600 yards of offense and there would be very few complaints.