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Final Grades: W Carolina

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It was a game Virginia Tech was supposed to win, marked as a 41-point favorite by the Vegas Sports Books over an FCS team that finished 1-11 last season. It wasn't the dominating performance the Hokies arguably should have had, but thanks to a late score, they took home a 45-3 win Saturday. Having seen replays and thought it over, here's publisher Jason Stamm's exam of Virginia Tech's win:
Senior quarterback
The Hokies were plenty shorthanded against Alabama and got much if it back in the form of
After spending all week on the JUGS machine, it looks like the extra work has paid off, at least with a few receivers. Junior
The same steadiness that the group showed against Alabama was back against Western Carolina. Thomas and backup
The group didn't have quite the ferocity it showed against the Crimson Tide, but it was still pretty damn good. Senior
If it's not already worn out it will be, the phrase, '
Of course, it was a bottom level FCS team, but this might have been the best game the Hokies' secondary has had in a while. On Western Carolina's second play of the game, freshman cornerback
The group overall made strides, but still allowed 103 yards on a pair of kickoffs. Meanwhile, the Hokies couldn't do much with their six punt returns, with 21 yards on six punts. Returner
Offensive coordinator
The crowd, as always at Lane Stadium, was loud and boisterous, but the big story here was the end of the Hokies' sellout streak of 93 straight home games, dating to 1998. The official attendance announced was 61,335, more than 4,000 less than the listed capacity of 65,632. Blame it on whatever you want, but unfortunate the streak ends. Still, as assistant
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