CC on Sunday: Running Game Dominates As Virginia Tech Thrashes NC State

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Khalil Herbert scores Virginia Tech’s first rushing touchdown of 2020 on a 37-yard romp against NC State game. Tech won 45-24 behind 314 yards rushing. (AP Photo / The Roanoke Times, Matt Gentry, Pool)

If the 2020 season had been cancelled due to COVID-19, I was seriously thinking about continuing my summer series of 1995 by extending it to the 1996 season.  Fortunately I didn’t have to do that, but there were times on Saturday night where I felt like it was 1996 all over again.  That’s because Virginia Tech’s offensive line was in 1996 form in Saturday night’s beatdown of the NC State Wolfpack. 

At times I thought I was seeing guys like Billy Conaty, Gennaro DiNapoli and Dwight Vick out there.  Instead it was Christian Darrisaw, Brock Hoffman and Doug Nester doing the dirty work.  The perimeter blocking was pretty darn good in it’s own right, with Tech’s wide receivers pouring the syrup on the offensive linemen’s pancakes.

I’ll talk more about the offensive line and the running game later, but man, what a good feeling it is to get that win.  It was frustrating to see everybody else around the country playing and the Hokies unable to do so.  It was frustrating seeing the comments from Bronco Mendenhall and the UVA players after that game was postponed