Posted on: October 22, 2011 6:34 pm
Posted by Chip Patterson
VIRGINIA TECH WON. The Hokies trailed 7-6 after a painfully slow first half that featured 10 combined punts and no offensive consistency on either side. But early in the third quarter David Wilson kickstarted Virginia Tech and the Hokies pulled away late to a 30-14 victory in front of their Homecoming crowd in Blacksburg. Wilson entered the game as the nations fifth-leading rusher (129.00 yards per game) and 100+ second half yards helped him continue that pace with 134 yards on the day
HOW VIRGINIA TECH WON: Wilson and quarterback Logan Thomas were able to open things up offensively with the read and option attack. Thomas began making great reads on the Boston College defenders, and a pitch to David Wilson on an option play led to a 42-yard touchdown to get things going for the Hokies. As Boston College tried to answer for the ground game, Thomas got comfortable in the pocket and improved his accuracy throwing the ball as the game progressed. Boston College found a way to answer, finally pulling off their first 10+ play scoring drive in the middle of the fourth quarter to cut Virginia Tech's lead to 13. But between Wilson's 100-yard second half and a fourth quarter Boston College fumble, there was just too much Hokies in the second half.
WHEN VIRGINIA TECH WON: After David Wilson scored Virginia Tech's first touchdown on that 42 yard run, Boston College had arguably one of their best drives of the game. Running back Andre Williams, plagued by a bad ankle for much of the season, had a couple nice runs and the Eagles made it into Virginia Tech territory. Quarterback Chase Rettig dropped back to pass from the 22 yard line, and his attempt into the red zone was picked off by Tariq Edwards at the 11. Logan Thomas got it going through the air on the next drive, scoring another touchdown to extend the Hokies' lead for good..
WHAT VIRGINIA TECH WON: The Hokies showed significant improvement once conference play began. Outside of the Miami game, their defense has been solid most of the season despite suffering numerous injuries to key players. But it has only been in recent weeks the Hokies' offense has been able to force the issue against their opponents. The first half was a red flag for Virginia Tech fans, with the stagnant offense looking very similar to the unit that struggled to score against ECU, but the second half eased those concerns as the effective ground game helped set up Thomas with open targets downfield.
WHAT BOSTON COLLEGE LOST: A great opportunity to steal a much-needed win on the road. The Eagles have not won a conference game yet, and if their first came in Blacksburg it would be a fine memory in a season many Boston College fans would like to forget.
THAT WAS CRAZY: Of all the things that have gone wrong for Boston College, Luke Kuechly continues to amaze with his ability to make plays on the ball. The All-American linebacker continued his now-standard-issue production, with an unofficial count of 19 tackles in the loss. Kuechly entered the game as the nation's leading tackler, and likely will hold that position after his performance.
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Posted on: March 29, 2011 12:38 pm
Posted by Jerry Hinnen
The annual arrival of spring practice means a lot of things in college football, and one of them is the reshuffling of rosters as the first offseason departures become public knowledge. Just ask Virginia Tech, which yesterday confirmed the transfers out of three players, including veteran starting linebacker Lyndell Gibson.
Gibson had amassed 119 tackles over the course of two seasons and 18 starts, but it's not hard to see why he's no longer a part of the Hokie program:
The announcement comes after Gibson's Feb. 5 arrest for allegedly driving while intoxicated.
Frank Beamer declined to comment on Gibson's situation, but he probably didn't need to. He did confirm that redshirt sophomore Tariq Edwards is currently the front-runner for the starting position vacated by Gibson's departure.
Beamer also confirmed that wide receiver Austin Fuller and defensive back Jacob Sykes will be transferring out of Blacksburg at the end of the semester. Neither was expected to be a major contributor this fall.
That's not to say that between the three of them, the losses haven't done some level of damage to to Tech's depth chart. But with Bud Foster still in charge of the defense and plenty of talented up-and-comers like Adams still on hand, that damage seems highly, highly likely to be minimal.
Posted on: December 7, 2010 4:46 pm
Edited on: December 7, 2010 4:50 pm
Posted by Chip Patterson
Virginia Tech has been dealing with injuries all season on both sides of the ball. Yet somehow, they have been able to step up and keep it from hindering the team on their current 11-game winning streak. That kind of support and adjustment will be needed once again, with reports that the Hokies will likely have to face the fifth-ranked Stanford Cardinal without starting linebacker Lyndell Gibson.
Gibson left the ACC Championship Game with what was initially diagnosed as a "shoulder stinger." Head coach Frank Beamer complimented his linebacking corps after the game for their ability to step right in and contribute defensively. Unfortunately, tests later revealed that Gibson had broken his left shoulder blade, and will likely miss the Orange Bowl on January 3 in Miami.
If Gibson can't go against Andrew Luck and the Stanford offense, Beamer will likely turn to backup Tariq Edwards to once again replace him in the lineup. Edwards has seen his playing time increase over the season, and played the entire second half of the title game victory against Florida State on Saturday.