Louisville Review: Defensive Improvement And The Offensive Gameplan

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Virginia Tech was able to free up Khalil Herbert. (Jamie Rhodes-ACC Pool)

I was hoping this game might be a chance to catch the spurtle wave, though once again, the fifteenth-century Scottish stirring tool was absent. I’ll have to find another way to get my fix, I guess.

(editor’s note: there’s apparently a turnover spurtle in the works, which might possibly be the best thing to come out of 2020.)

On the bright side of things, the Hokies won, so I got that going for me, which is nice. 

Ground Game

In my preview, I mentioned the Hokies had a bit of a choice to make: Tech had made its bones on the Outside Zone this season, but Louisville’s alignments and personnel were more vulnerable to gap runs like Power and Counter. Early in the game, the Hokies “split” the difference:

That’s the Split Zone, where inside zone-blocking is paired