The Hokies TCB vs. TOB and keep their goal of a 10-win season alive. Tech took its foot off the gas in the end, but its performance against the Wolfpack was no less dominating. Tech ran 74 offensive plays compared to NC State's 55. A methodical run game mixed with big plays by Jarrett Boykin led to points on six of its first nine possessions.
National Writers and Bloggers
ACC helmet stickers: Week 12 (Annette)
"Virginia Tech running back Ryan Williams -- Mark this guy down as a future Heisman candidate. He rushed for 120 yards and four touchdowns against a beleaguered NC State defense, sending the Hokies’ seniors out with a 38-10 win over the Wolfpack."
Virginia Tech Beat Writers and Bloggers
Hokies win third straight (Mark Viera)
"Virginia Tech (8-3, 5-2) is not playing for an Atlantic Coast Conference title for a third-straight season, but there were milestones to go around as the Hokies vanquished the Wolfpack (4-7, 1-6) with a swarming defense and an attacking, on-the-move offense."
Looking for Virginia Tech's MVP this season? It's not Ryan Williams... (Norm Wood)
"A strong argument can be made for linebacker Cody Grimm, a former walk-on, being considered Virginia Tech's Most Valuable Player this season. Refer to Saturday's first quarter against N.C. State for evidence."
Day after son's birth, Virgil shines (Randy King)
"Virgil said he had strong incentive to put on a strong show in his final game in Lane Stadium. He was the proud father of a baby son, Zyon Raheim Virgil, on Friday."
Boykin grants Taylor comfort (Aaron McFarling)
"Boykin made six catches for a career-high 164 yards Saturday, the kind of performance that just doesn't happen in Blacksburg. The Hokies have been and will continue to be a run-first program, but Boykin's emergence this season -- combined with his youth -- bodes well for a more balanced attack in the future."
Virginia Tech 38, North Carolina State 10 (Darryl Slater)
"Will Virginia pose more of a challenge next week? Or will the Hokies get their third straight conference win of at least 27 points? (They beat Maryland 36-9 last week.) There’s no telling. The only thing that seems certain is that this will be their final game against coach Al Groh, because Virginia almost certainly will pay him $4 million to go away after the season."
Boone makes most of return of Wild Turkey (Kyle Tucker)
"It took 11 games, but the Wild Turkey finally reappeared - and fittingly, on Senior Day. Tight end Greg Boone, an Oscar Smith High grad playing his final home game for Virginia Tech, took his first four snaps of the season in the formation he made popular last year. And he nearly tossed his first career touchdown pass."
Williams' four touchdowns power Tech past Wolfpack 38-10 (Matt Kovatch)
"Tech put forth a balanced attack on offense, rushing for 200 yards and throwing for 197. Williams toted the ball 32 times for 120 of those yards, and he also added four touchdowns, a mark that equals the most in a single game by a Tech freshman."
NC State Beat Writers and Bloggers
Pack's struggles continue (Raleigh News and Observer)
"Although Bible's absence was significant, it shouldn't have affected the fundamentals of securing the ball for N.C. State's players. Grimm caused fumbles on three of the Wolfpack's first four plays from scrimmage on offense."
Pack battered in Blacksburg (NC State Technician)
"After its postseason hopes were ended a week ago, the Pack came into the game against Virginia Tech hoping to play the spoiler role and upset the No. 15 team in the country. However, the Hokies had other plans. Behind a balanced offensive attack, Tech had its way with the Pack defense, scoring almost at will."