Throughout the week, the message was clear for Virginia Tech, “tunnel vision.” With excitement building for next week’s showdown against Clemson, there was a huge temptation for VT to look past this week’s opponent Old Dominion.
However, that wasn’t the case at all.
Virginia Tech beat Old Dominion 38-0 in what was another dominant performance against weaker competition. The Hokies’ defense was absolutely dominant while the offense got off to a slow start but was firing on all cylinders by the second quarter. Early on in the game, it became clear that the Hokies were the better team by far.
This is Virginia Tech’s second shutout of the season while VT hasn’t given up a single point at home or in their last seven quarters of action.
Virginia Tech’s strong offensive performance was led by a dominant rushing attack in which the Hokies seemed to be able to run the ball at will at times, especially in the second half. The Hokies’ passing game wasn’t perfectly in sync, but it was solid overall with a few different receivers getting involved and having multiple catches.
Outside of his first career interception and missing a couple open receivers early, Josh Jackson played well going 20-for-30 for 298 yards and 3 touchdowns while running for 29 yards on 10 carries. Jackson has been quite good through his first four games and is already one of the quarterbacks in the ACC. Next week will be the toughest test for Jackson by far, but the redshirt freshman has already been on one big stage this season, and will be ready for this one.
Steven Peoples had a career game with 13 carries for 62 yards and a TD, and 3 catches for 73 yards and 2 TDs including an incredible 43-yard TD catch off of a tipped pass in the end zone. Peoples was physical throughout consistently earning extra yards on the ground while making some plays in the passing game.
Travon McMillian was solid once again this week with 7 carries for 41 yards while Deshawn McClease wasn’t bad either with 9 carries for 45 yards and 23 yards on 2 catches. Coleman Fox came in garbage time and ended up leading the Hokies in rushing with 66 yards on 11 carries.
Cam Phillips continued his strong season with 7 catches for 106 yards. Phillips was quite consistent throughout the game and ODU couldn’t really find a way to slow him down at all.
Ten different players had at least one reception including CJ Carroll who had 2 catches for 10 yards and a touchdown. Henri Murphy received lots of first team playing tine, but only had 1 17-yard reception. Sean Savoy was solid with 2 receptions for 28 yards and an 11-yard carry.
Virginia Tech’s defense had its best game of the year with its second shutout of the season while only allowing 149 total yards. The Hokies’ defense was excellent all-around holding Steven Williams to 8-for-26 passing, and ODU’s rushing attack to 2.7 yards per carry.
Brandon Facyson was one of the standout players as he was stout in coverage on his way to having 4 tackles, 1 tackle for loss, and 1 pass breakup. Divine Deablo had his first career interception, but suffered an injury on the play and didn’t return to the game.
Tremaine Edmunds led the Hokies with 6 tackles and also had 0.5 tackles for loss. Mook Reynolds had 5 tackle and 3 QB hurries while Ricky Walker was great up the middle with 5 tackles.