Belk Bowl Defeat Highlights Defensive Personnel Issues At Virginia Tech

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Deshawn McClease and the Virginia Tech running game fared very well against Kentucky. (Ivan Morozov)

Virginia Tech was beaten by Kentucky 37-30 in a Belk Bowl game that was a little bit hard to swallow, though the loss is not too surprising if you read Brandon Patterson’s pregame film reviews of the Wildcats.  There is plenty to nitpick, and a whole offseason to do it.

However, if you want nitpicking, this probably isn’t the article for you.  Instead, I’ll use the numbers to show that Tech’s offensive performance was one of the best against Kentucky all season, and I’ll also give my views on Tech’s defensive issues.  Here’s an early hint: Tuesday’s game was the perfect example of why Justin Fuente decided to make a change with his defensive line coach.

Yards per Play and Yards per Carry

Total yards is hardly ever the right metric to judge an offense or defense, because sometimes there are things out of their control, such as the number of plays run

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