Virginia Tech played their first complete game of the season yesterday against Duke (it only took seven weeks). The team played well on offense, defense and special teams and the performance has instilled their fan base with some much needed hope. The big take away from the victory was that the running game got going behind true freshman J.C. Coleman and Logan Thomas and his wide receivers appeared to finally get on the same page.
Now the question is whether or not the Hokies have put it all together or if this one game was simply a mirage against an overmatched Duke team?
The game didn’t start out well for the home team on Homecoming Saturday, and the Hokies quickly found themselves in a 20-0 hole. At that moment a switch seemed to flip and the offense and defense showed how good they could be, scoring 41 unanswered points and the defense caused four turnovers.
The running game had been much maligned during the first six games of the season, but that was all erased by Coleman in his first start. He ran for 183 and two touchdowns. The running game’s success led to explosive plays for the passing game.
Thomas threw three completions of over 40 yards to receiver Marcus Davis (two of those were touchdowns). The quarterback appeared to finally get his feet under him as a passer. He wasn’t overthrowing receivers like he was early in the season and he was throwing strikes down the field.
The defense also appeared to take a step in the right direction. Early in the season, Bud Foster’s defense was struggling and giving up big plays. On Saturday though, it started to look like a typical Virginia Tech defense. They were getting pressure on the quarterback and causing turnovers.
This is the team fans expected to see at the beginning of the season, but the fact that it was against Duke means there are still questions to be answered. If this same team shows up against Clemson next week then the Hokies might be able to go on one of their patented runs and end the season on a high note. If they go down to Death Valley and lose then the questions will continue.