I wrote about the running game for tomorrow. I’ll post a link when it’s online. (Update: here’s the link).
We’re really no closer to knowing who the primary back will be than we were last week. If anything, it’s more muddled than ever. But my column was on the commitment to the running game that we saw today, which I argue is more important than who’s toting the ball.
Here’s a take from offensive tackle Vinston Painter on each of the backs:
“One thing that they all do: they’re all pretty explosive. Those guys run hard, and when they get a chance to run, they run with a purpose. I would say Tony Gregory and J.C. [Coleman] are more speed guys – when they hit the hole and find open space, they’ve got a nice little burst to ‘em and accelerate. Michael Holmes, he’s more of a shifty-type guy, side to side, but he has that game speed where he can break away from guys and break tackles. Martin Scales? Power. Pure power. He has enough speed to break away from guys, but he will run them over when given the opportunity.”
I’ll post links on all our stuff once it’s online (update: Andy’s story, my column, game notes, report card). See you next week from FedEx Field, when the Hokies take on Cincy. As always, thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts.
Final: Hokies 37, Bowling Green 0. Back with more later.
FINAL SCORING SUMMARY
VT—Coleman 10 pass from Thomas (Journell kick), 9:25. Drive: 13 plays, 80 yards, 6:46. Key play: Gregory 17 run to BG 42. Virginia Tech 7, Bowling Green 0.
VT—Roberts 42 pass from Thomas (Journell kick), 6:42. Drive: Four plays, 56 yards, 1:37. Key play: Holmes 15 punt return to VT 44. Virginia Tech 14, Bowling Green 0.
VT—Thomas 1 run (Journell kick), 1:10. Drive: Nine plays, 62 yards, 3:21. Key play: . Coleman 17 run to BG 41. Virginia Tech 21, Bowling Green.
VT—Holmes 2 run (kick failed), 8:58. Drive: Seven plays, 61 yards, 3:06. Key play: Holmes 40 run to BG 5. Virginia Tech 27, Bowling Green 0.
VT—FG Journell 35, 13:30. Drive: Six plays, 53 yards, 1:51. Key play: Thomas 26 run to BG 22. Virginia Tech 30, Bowling Green 0.
VT—Scales 4 run (Journell kick), 9:22. Drive: Five plays, 55 yards, 2:26. Key play: Coleman 17 run to BG 7. Virginia Tech 37, Bowling Green 0.
Bowling Green, Hunter 6-2-0, Swan 2-4-0, Ward 0-6-0, Walker 2-3-0, Jones 1-4-1, Pettus 4-0-0, Woods 1-3-0, Martin 3-0-0, Barimah 2-1-0, Colvin 2-0-0, Foster 2-0-0, McKor 2-0-0, Royster 1-1-0, Ouellet 1-1-1, Truss 1-1-0, Sutton 0-2-0, Gates 1-0-0, Lynch 1-0-0, Bayer 1-0-0, Johnson 1-0-0, Thomas 0-1-0, Goble 0-1-0, Totals 34-30-2.
Virginia Tech, Tyler 5-2-0, Jarrett 5-1-0, Taylor 4-2-0, Cole 3-3-0, Exum 2-2-0, Wilson 3-0-1, Maddy 1-2-0, Vandyke 2-0-0, Williams 0-2-0, Bonner 0-2-0, Nicolas 0-2-0, Abbott 1-0-0, Roth 1-0-1, Trimble 1-0-0, Fuller 1-0-0, A. Hopkins 1-0-0, Frye 0-1-0, Tweedy 0-1-0, Riley 0-1-0, Edwards 0-1-0, Gayle 0-1-0, Collins 0-1-0, Marshall 0-1-0, D. Hopkins 0-1-0.
Hokies lead 27-0 and we get ready to watch 15 minutes of playing out the string. A good chunk of the crowd has gone home. If I’m Tech. I wouldn’t put it in the air the rest of the game. Just treat it like a scrimmage. Work on run blocking. Try to exert your will; you’ll need that later in the year.
The Hokies head to the locker room with a nice ovation from the crowd and a 21-0 lead. That quarter featured pretty much everything the Hokies wanted to see coming into this one: the ability to run the ball at will, solid defense and a confident and accurate Logan Thomas pitching it around.
Thomas has thrown two touchdown passes and run for a score, but I think it all starts with the running game – something we’ve seen zippo of before today.
Nice job of the Tech coaches diagnosing the Bowling Green weakness – perimeter run stopping – and attacking that with an assertive attitude. The option pitches to Tony Gregory were well blocked. Thomas had a nice 15-yard run off right tackle where it looked like the BG defense thought the ball was heading the other direction.
I know what some are thinking: Don’t you dare anoint this team something special because it had one good quarter against Bowling Green. I hear you, and I won’t, but I will say that Tech started to look a lot more like Tech over the last 15 minutes.
Kyle Fuller – out most of last week with a shoulder injury – made a very nice play on a deep ball that looked like it had a chance to be something. Other than that, the Falcons didn’t threaten much.
Hokies have outgained Bowling Green 227-71. Thomas is 9 for 17 passing for 127 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions. Hokies have more than a five-minute edge in time of possession.
Bowling Green will get the ball to start the second half.
We’ve heard some boos already from the Lane Stadium crowd, which watched the Hokies put up 43 total yards in the first quarter. The period ends in a scoreless tie. BG has had some decent field position but managed only 40 yards on three possessions, so the Tech defense has done its part thus far.
Tech did get a break on a blown coverage where BG quarterback Matt Schilz overthrew his wide-open receiver in the end zone.
Logan Thomas has been erratic again thus far. He’s also been pressured a lot. No holes being opened in the running game.
Nonconference tickets are easier to get; for many of those here, this will be the only Hokies game they see this year. They want action, and so far, they aren’t getting it. Some are letting the coaches know how they feel about it.
Kickoff is noon on ESPNU. Hokies are favored by 17 with the over-under set at 47.5. Typical plan today: Thoughts on the first three quarters, then a wrap-up after the print stuff’s done. As always, if you’ve got something you want to say, chime on in.
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