Monday Thoughts: The Train Picks Up Speed

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Virginia Tech Football
(Ivan Morozov)

Over the last six quarters of play, Virginia Tech has outscored their opponents 75-7.

Those numbers were unthinkable A.D. (After Duke). Yes, you’re never going to hear the end of the “After Duke” references, either from us or from anyone else, because that game was a stark dividing line in the fortunes of the 2019 Hokies.

The parallels have already been drawn between this turnaround (still in progress) and similar turnarounds in 1995, 2010, etc. Virginia Tech teams have started out poorly before and rallied, but this is the first time it has happened under Justin Fuente, so everyone’s watching closely to see where it goes.

Let’s talk about that stat: 75-7 over six quarters (against ACC competition no less). That’s outstanding, and similar runs have happened before under Fuente, in every season.

  • 2018: 62-10; the first six quarters of the season, FSU (24-3) and W&M (38-7)
  • 2017: 88-0; the last three quarters of the ECU game (57-0) and first three quarters of ODU (31-0)
  • 2016: 87-0; the BC game (49-0) and first two quarters of the ECU game (38-0)

One thing I didn’t recall was a 34-point third quarter against ECU in 2017 that broke open a 23-17 Virginia Tech halftime