After a short week, Virginia Tech returned to Lane Stadium today for their home opener against a Delaware team looking to pull a surprise. The Hokies slept walk through much of the game, especially on offense, but took care of business in the end.
#18 Virginia Tech shutout Delaware 27-0 to go to 2-0 with a trip to East Carolina due up next Saturday. Though the Hokies slept-walk through much of this game, they also seemed in control throughout getting big stops when they needed to. Virginia Tech’s defense had a strong performance especially in the second half while the offense did enough and special teams were once again a major positive.
Virginia Tech had another relatively clean game with only 1 turnover today via a fumble by Cam Phillips. The defense forced a pair of turnovers via an interception by Terrell Edmunds and a forced fumble by Tremaine Edmunds recovered by Trevon Hill. Virginia Tech also only had 2 penalties for 10 yards, a big factor in a game where Delaware had 11 penalties for 84 yards including one drive with 4 false starts.
Josh Jackson had an average day today going 16-for-28 on pass attempts for 222 yards and 2 touchdowns while running for 19 yards on 8 carries. Jackson and the Hokies’ offense as a whole seemed in a haze today and weren’t as sharp this afternoon. While some Hokie fans may be concerned, the offensive struggles appear to be mostly due to a team that really didn’t bring a lot of energy to the field today.
Outside of his fumble, Cam Phillips played well with 6 catches for 90 yards and a touchdown. Phillips is continuing to have a strong senior season and so far, looks the part of being one of America’s best wide receivers.
Sean Savoy had another solid game with 4 catches for 63 yards though he did drop what could have been his first career touchdown catch. CJ Carroll made some plays on his way to having 3 receptions for 56 yards while James Clark, Travon McMillian, and Deshawn McClease all had one reception for under 10 yards with McMillian’s being a four-yard touchdown catch.
The running game was disappointing today but the one bright spot was Jalen Holston. Holston came in at the end and was solid with 8 carries for 32 yards that actually led the Hokies in rushing today. Travon McMillian had 5 carries for 15 yards, Deshawn McClease had 3 carries for 7 yards, and Steven Peoples had 2 carries for 6 yards as all of the Hokies’ running backs were pretty quiet for most of the game.
Virginia Tech’s defense was on the field a lot, but they held up fairly well giving up only 223 yards of offense while getting 12 tackles for loss and 4 sacks.
Tremaine Edmunds was the star today with an impressive game in which he had 14 tackles, 4 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, and 1 forced fumble. Edmunds was dominant in this game and played how you would expect a Preseason All-ACC a player to play against a FCS team. Edmunds was one of the few players who brought lots of energy for the Hokies and it showed today.
Reggie Floyd also brought tons of energy and was all over the field on his way to having 10 tackles. Floyd was very good as a run defender and showed why he is the Hokies’ starting rover. Mook Reynolds also had a good game with 11 tackles and a sack while Terrell Edmunds had a couple of bad plays, but had a productive game overall with 8 tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss, 1 sack, and 1 interception.
Vinny Mihota led the defensive linemen today with 4 tackles, 2 tackles for loss, and 0.5 sacks. Trevon Hill made some plays on the other end of the line with 3 tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss, 1 QB hurry, and 1 fumble recovery. Tim Settle and Ricky Walker combined for 5 tackles and 1.5 tackles for loss in what was a solid game for the Hokies’ starting DTs.
Special teams were big again this week as the Hokies got on the board thanks to a 61-yard punt return by Greg Stroman that was executed perfectly. Oscar Bradburn had another great day punting the ball with 2 of his 5 punts being inside the 20 while averaging a good 45.6 yards per punt.
The good news is that the Hokies were able to sleepwalk to a 27-0 victory over a solid FCS team in Delaware. However, Virginia Tech can’t afford to sleepwalk through any more games, but I don’t think that will be a concern next week.
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