The Virginia Tech football team that played Bowling Green on Saturday looked like a completely different team from the one that lost in embarrassing fashion to Pittsburgh last week. This is team that was expected at the beginning of the season, but failed to totally show up in the first three weeks.
Virginia Tech was able to shut out Bowling Green and the offense was able to put up 37 points on the Falcons defense. The Hokies are now 3-1 but this win seems a little more important than the others. The win over Georgia Tech may mean the most when it comes to conference play, but Virginia Tech’s offense finally seemed to get their acts together on Saturday.
The Hokies were able to run the football consistently against the Falcons, and that is the first time that such a statement can be said this season. Virginia Tech ran for 246 yards by committee. Seven different Hokies ran the ball and just about all of them had success when their number was called.
Running back Tony Gregory ran for a game high 68 yards on 11 carries. Quarterback Logan Thomas ran the ball 15 times for 65 yards and a touchdown. Michael Holmes and Martin Scales were also able to punch the ball into the end zone.
The only negative thing observed from Virginia Tech’s offense on Saturday was \Thomas’s completion percentage. Thomas only completed 11-of-26 pass attempts for 144 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. It still appears that Thomas is trying to get in sync with his receivers. His one interception was avoidable; he tried to throw the ball to a heavily covered Marcus Davis.
Virginia Tech’s defense also bounced back against Bowling Green. Last week the Hokies gave up over 500 offensive yards to Pitt, but were able to hold the Falcons to 266 yards this week. Bud Foster’s unit was also able to cause two turnovers, an Antone Exum interception and a fumble late in the game.
This is the team that Virginia Tech expected on the field at the beginning of the season, but the Hokies seem to have taken the first four weeks to establish their identity. It now appears that the Hokies have gotten their groove back.