A Vintage Virginia Tech Defensive Display Against Boston College

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TyJuan Garbutt was all over the field for Virginia Tech. (Ivan Morozov)

The first home game of the Brent Pry era saw Virginia Tech beat Boston College 27-10 in a game that the Hokies basically controlled from start to finish. It wasn’t a dominant offensive performance by any stretch, but Tech fans were treated to an old school defensive display, led by senior defensive end TyJuan Garbutt.

Shew. I don’t know about you, but I feel like a weight has been lifted off the collective shoulders of the Virginia Tech fans, players, coaches and Brent Pry. Everybody wanted to get that first win out of the way as quickly as possible, especially after last week’s disappointment in Norfolk. It seemed like a 50-50 game going in, and nobody wanted to be 0-2. I can’t really explain why, but I feel a whole lot better after last night.

Yeah, you’d like the offense to play better. More on that later. But strangely enough, I’m comfortable. It’s not like we’ve never been in this situation before. Virginia Tech has a good defense and a not-so-good offense. We’re not exactly breaking new ground here. We’re dealing with the devil we know. Past experiences show us that we can still win football games that way with the proper game management and if we protect the football. The Hokies did both of those things on Saturday and won.

Let’s start with the defense, and then we’ll move on to the offense, Keshawn King and game management (which I thought was very good).