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Numbers Dont Lie: VTs Win At BC

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In a game that was decided in extra time, there wasn't much room for error in winning or losing the battle. Fortunately for Virginia Tech fans, senior tight end
It was the Hokies first road win, and we will dive into the stats to see just how Virginia Tech was able to come out on top.
One stat that clearly gives the Hokies a big advantage is in total yards. Virginia Tech was able to out-gain Boston College 401-296, including having a 118-yard advantage through the air. It's hard to lose games when you do that.
While there can be numerous critiques about junior quarterback
It's hard to ignore the fact that Eagles senior quarterback
On top of shutting down Rettig, Hokie cornerbacks (namely junior
Completing 3-of-16 third down attempts isn't going to win you many ballgames. Simple as that.
The Eagles didn't capitalize when receiving short fields either. Of the four drives that Boston College started on at least its own 40-yard line, the Eagles produced only six points. Speaking of not taking advantage of opportunities, the Hokies put the ball on the ground three times. Boston College wasn't able to recover any of those fumbles.
The Virginia Tech defense had allowed three running backs to record more than 100 yards in a game before Saturday. The Hokies were 0-3 in such scenarios. Although Eagles junior
When your quarterback has a 48.5 completion percentage while also throwing 33 passes, you don't really expect to win. But Thomas did just that. It was the third time it has occurred this season (first since Bowling Green), but the junior was able to make enough plays to win the game.
While the Hokies were able to outgain their opponent by more than 100 yards, they once again gave a chunk of those yards back in penalties. Virginia Tech had eight infractions for a total of 67 yards, the second straight game with over 60 penalty yards. For a team that is supposed to be disciplined, this aspect will have to be cleaned up by next week.
Scoring first is perhaps an overused pet-peeve, but it truly has a big impact on the game. It was the third consecutive game Virginia Tech fell behind, but the Hokies were fortunate enough to come out with a comeback victory.
After the running backs combined for five catches for 49 yards against Florida State, I thought the group would be used more in the passing game. However, freshman running back
Wouldn't you know it, but Thomas ended his eight-game interception streak against Boston College. Even though he missed his fair share of throws, it's hard to argue Thomas didn't have a huge impact on the Hokies' victory. He recorded three total touchdowns for the fourth time this season, the first since Clemson.
Though the Virginia Tech defense was unable to record a sack against Miami, the unit has now registered at least five sacks in four of the last five games. That's pretty darn good for a group that was criticized early on. The defense also intercepted a pass for the fourth time in five games.
It was brought up in the chat room, but opponents' field goal kickers have been phenomenal against the Hokies. With a 3-for-3 performance, Eagles' kicker
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