The overtime was what made this contest special, and that’s what I’m going to dig into. Along the way, we’ll focus on the offensive and defensive lines for Tech, two units that stepped up in a big way.
First possession goes to the Hokies, where they dial up a backside RPO with Turner on the post as the receiving threat:
If Tech was going to pass on first down, this was the call—the Hokies had hammered UNC with zone blocking, and the defense was likely quick to jump on anything remotely zone-like. Watch Christian Darrisaw on this play. He’s “locked,” meaning while the rest of the line run-blocks, he’s making a quick hinge and occupying the blind-side rushers. He holds inside for a beat, and then releases knowing McClease will be in the hole to block. He also does just enough to make sure the edge rushers could’ve been late to the party if McClease had gotten the ball. If you look inside, you’ll see that Tech’s line has at least stalled UNC’s rushers, and Bryan Hudson’s up in the second level in a spot where he can slow down a cluster of UNC players. Despite overplaying the run, UNC might’ve...
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