We've had a few days to digest Virginia Tech's 42-7 win over Austin Peay. It's easy to come up with thoughts after the game, but having seen replays and thought it over, here's publisher Jason Stamm's exam of the Hokies' win:
With Virginia Tech rushing for 187 yards while up big on the Governors, there wasn't a lot of need for plays through the air. Senior
Part of the blame can go to Thomas, but much of it goes to the offensive line as Thomas was stopped on fourth down and one in the red zone in the first quarter. Coupled with Coleman's fumble, it had a lot to do with the early slow start. Thomas was also sacked twice, not a good sign against an mid-level FCS team. On a positive note, the line helped make room for the running backs to get 187 yards.
The Governors didn't get anything going through the air and much of it was due to the Hokies' defensive backs pressure. Ryan completed just 8 of 21 passes for 62 yards with
Offensively, Virginia Tech is still looking for the answers to another slow start. There are positive signs, but it's a matter of getting everything together, which hasn't happened yet. Defensively, Foster can't be happy about the rushing yards given up. Good news though as Taylor will be back against Pittsburgh and Edwards doesn't look to be far behind.
After the dramatic, nationally-televised, overtime win in the season-opener, this one lacked the excitement. The southwest corner of the stadium looked a bit empty and the rain at halftime didn't help. Still, Virginia Tech fans made the atmosphere a good one to be in, just not to the level of Georgia Tech.