Tag:Ryan Williams
Posted on: September 23, 2010 5:35 pm

VT's Williams ruled out for Boston College

Posted by Chip Patterson

Virginia Tech running back Ryan Williams set all kinds of freshman rushing records last season on the school and conference level.  Coming into the 2010 season, the dual halfback attack of him and Darren Evans was supposed to help lead the Hokies to national prominence.  So far, Virginia Tech has been less than prolific, and things got worse against East Carolina when Williams had to leave the game with a hamstring injury.

Virginia Tech head coach Frank Beamer decided to stay mum on the situation until today, when the Hokies released their official injury report for Saturday's conference matchup with Boston College.  Unfortunately for Hokie fans, the report confirmed what many had speculated: Ryan Williams will be out against the Eagles this weekend.

After seeing Williams be carried off the field against the Pirates, the Hokies have been preparing to run without him all week.  This will be the first time Darren Evans has assumed a majority of the snaps since his productive freshman season in 2008.  It will also be the first time that much of the young Hokies defense has played a true road game, after kicking off at FedEx Field and playing the next two games in Lane Stadium.

Boston College enters the game 2-0, with wins over Weber State and Kent State.  The game kicks off in Chestnut Hill at Noon (ET) on Saturday.

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Posted on: September 20, 2010 1:27 pm

Ryan Williams' status unknown until Thursday

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Virginia Tech running back Ryan Williams had to watch the Hokies finish their first win of the 2010 season in street clothes and on crutches last Saturday after suffering a hamstring injury during the first half.   Though Darren Evans and David Wilson did a nice job filling in for Williams, with Virginia Tech's ACC opener looming against Boston College this Saturday in Chestnut Hill, there are plenty of people wondering what the running back's status is for the game.

Well, don't ask Frank Beamer, because he isn't talking.

During his press conference on Monday Beamer said that Williams' status won't be known until the team's injury report is released on Thursday.  He was then asked a follow-up question about whether Williams felt any better on Sunday and reiterated that his status won't be known until Thursday.

Which is coach speak for "Oh I know exactly what Ryan Williams' status is for this weekend's game, but I sure as heck aren't going to let Boston College know what it is any sooner than I have to."  A strategy that I have no problem with a coach employing whenever he sees fit.

Personally I don't think Williams will play against Boston College, which could prove to be a big problem for a Virginia Tech team looking to erase the memory of a horrible start to the season with a strong ACC campaign.  Boston College has given up less yards rushing than any other team in the ACC so far this season (54.0 yards per game), and Beamerball consists of ramming the ball down your throat and maybe blocking a punt or two in the process.

Without Williams, that becomes a bit tougher to accomplish.
Posted on: September 18, 2010 4:47 pm
Edited on: September 18, 2010 5:16 pm

Virginia Tech finally gets that elusive 'W'

Posted by Tom Fornelli

It may have taken three weeks, but the Virginia Tech Hokies are finally on the board with their first win of the season.  While it probably doesn't completely remove the sting of last week's embarrassing loss to James Madison -- or the accompanying t-shirt -- it surely helps bring Hokie Nation back in off the ledge a bit.

What had been a back and forth first half in Blacksburg quickly turned into Virginia Tech domination in the second half, as the Hokies dominated the game's final 30 minutes, outscoring East Carolina 28-3 after halftime.  The Pirates did extend their halftime lead to 27-21 before the Hokies just took over.

With the Hokies missing Ryan Williams, David Wilson stepped right in and took over, scoring the touchdown that gave Virginia Tech a 28-27 lead, and they never looked back.  A few minutes later Wilson found the end zone again to extend the lead to 35-27.

Rashad Carmichael provided the final nail in the coffin early in the fourth quarter when he picked off a Dominique Davis pass and took it back 68 yards to the house.  Carmichael would strike again later, picking off another Davis pass.  On the very next play Tyrod Taylor hit Jarrett Boykin for a 69-yard touchdown to make it 49-27.

After that all the Hokies had to do was run out the clock.

Of course, while finally getting on the board with a victory is nice for Frank Beamer and the Hokies, there still could be some bad news when we find out how bad Ryan Williams' hamstring injury is.  Though Darren Evans and David Wilson did fill in quite nicely, finishing with a combined 165 yards and three touchdowns.

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Posted on: September 18, 2010 3:08 pm

ECU up 24-21 at half against VaTech

Posted by Tom Fornelli

It doesn't look like Virginia Tech 's season-long nightmare is over just yet, as the Hokies currently find themselves trailing the East Carolina Pirates 24-21 at halftime in Blacksburg.  Making matters worse is the fact that starting running back Ryan Williams has been lost for the rest of the game to a hamstring injury.

ECU's offense doesn't have such problems, as thanks to the arm of Dominique Davis and legs of Jonathan Williams the Pirates were able to amass 278 yards of offense in the first half, all while holding on to the ball for 18 minutes and 12 seconds.  The Pirates jumped out to a 10-0 lead on the Hokies in the first quarter before Ryan Williams got the Hokies on the board to cut the lead to 10-7.

The Pirates answered that score by bumping their lead back to ten following a seven-yard touchdown pass by Davis to Dwayne Harris to cap off an 8-play 60-yard drive that took only 1:51 off the clock.

The Hokies then turned the game around, coming up with 14 straight points to take a 21-17 lead with just under six minutes to go in the half, but the Pirates answered with an 80-yard drive to score the go-ahead touchdown with 26 seconds left in the half.

In other words, it's been a back-and-forth affair in Blacksburg, and one that promises to provide an entertaining second half.  One that the Hokies desperately need to come away with a victory in.

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Posted on: September 18, 2010 2:50 pm
Edited on: September 18, 2010 5:17 pm

Hokies lose Ryan Williams to hamstring

Posted by Tom Fornelli

The Virginia Tech Hokies got off to a shaky start as they try to avoid their first 0-3 start since 1987 -- Frank Beamer 's first season in Blacksburg -- falilng behind East Carolina 10-0, but they've since recovered to take a 21-17 lead in the second quarter.  Still, there is some bad news.

Starting running back Ryan Williams has left the game with an injury to his right hamstring, and though the extremity of the injury isn't known, Williams will not be returning to today's game.  Which puts even more pressure on Tyrod Taylor to carry a Hokies offense that has had some problems this season.

Williams had picked up 25 yards on six carries with a touchdown before having to leave the game, and came into the game as Virginia Tech's second-leading rusher -- trailing only Taylor -- with 130 yards through their first two games.

It'll be interesting to see if the Hokies can hold off the Pirates and pick up their first win of the season with Williams sidelined.  Keep checking the blog all day for updates on this game, Williams' injury, and every other game throughout the day.

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Posted on: September 6, 2010 10:00 pm

At the half, Boise's lead suddenly precarious

Posted by Adam Jacobi

After one half of action, we might actually have a ballgame. Boise State leads 20-14, but considering the way the second quarter transpired, the Hokies must be encouraged about their chances of completing the comeback.

Boise State has looked like the better team throughout the first half, mainly because Virginia Tech looked terrible in the first quarter. A botched snap led to a Broncos field goal. A blocked punt led to a Broncos touchdown. Then, multiple penalties on the same play turned a Boise punt from their 48 to a BSU first down on the Virginia Tech 32--that would lead to another Boise State TD. All in the first quarter. Of course, credit must go to Boise State for converting on these opportunities, but it's Virginia Tech's startling ineptitude that led to those opportunities in the first place.

The second quarter featured markedly better play from Virginia Tech, though the Hokies would miss a field goal after making first and goal. They found the end zone twice, both on nice plays by All-ACC tailback Ryan Williams. Moreover, the second quarter featured mistakes by Boise State: the Hokies' second touchdown was set up by a lost fumble by Doug Martin, and the Broncos avoided total disaster when their half-ending punt--a mystifying decision in and of itself--was only partially blocked.  

As for the second half, if Boise State keeps playing more disciplined football than the Virginia Tech, they'll probably win. Kellen Moore has looked good in the first half, and Tyrod Taylor hasn't done much on the ground. If the Hokies maintain their composure and commit fewer mistakes, though, it's anybody's ballgame.

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