How Virginia Tech's Opponents Fared in Week 6

The Hokies are now the only team in the Coastal division without a loss in ACC play after Miami went down against FSU. They'll put their 2-0 ACC record against a Wake Forest team that has lost four consecutive games. Some of Tech's opponents are looking for answers like Miami and UVa, while others are still doing enough to win like North Carolina and Georgia Tech.

UNC's win insures that it will be a four-team race for the Coastal title. Despite its losses, UNC is still playing well on defense and it looks like it has a legitimate running back in Johnny White. While NC State showed us what needs to be done to slow down the GT offense, Virginia showed us what kind of performance is a sure-fire recipe to get rolled.

Sept. 6 vs. Boise State (5-0, 1-0 WAC)
Week 6: Boise State 57, Toledo 14
Week 7: at San Jose State

OBNUG: Wildcat results in three Avery TDs
Hustle Belt: Turnovers tell the story

Sept. 11 vs. James Madison (4-1, 1-1 CAA)
Week 6: James Madison 17, Towson 13
Week 7: vs. New Hampshire

JMU Sports Blog: Fire not there for Dukes

Sept. 18 vs. East Carolina (3-2, 3-0)
Week 6: East Carolina 44, Southern Miss 43
Week 7: vs. NC State

Paint It Purple: Harris has gutsy performance

Sept 25 at Boston College (2-3, 0-2)
Week 6: NC State 44, Boston College 17
Week 7: at Florida State

BC Interruption: Loss a team effort
Eagle in Atlanta: Team not improving
Soaring to Glory: This team is a joke
BC Draft: Sticking with Shinskie a mistake

Oct. 2 at NC State (5-1, 2-1)
Week 6: NC State 44, Boston College 17
Week 7: at East Carolina

Backing the Pack: NCSU attacks through the air
State Fans Nation: Pack never let up

Oct. 16 vs. Wake Forest (2-4, 1-2)
Week 6: Navy 28, Wake Forest 27
Week 7: at Virginia Tech

Wake lost its fourth consecutive game and its second in a row in the last minute. Navy went 64 yards in 10 plays and just 1:42 to score the game-winning touchdown with 26 seconds left. 

In a reversal of what they had done in their first five games, the Deacs threw the ball more than twice as many times as they ran it, utilizing primarily short passes to try to move the ball against Navy. The Deacs averaged just 3.2 ypc on 24 carries and 6.2 ypa on 53 attempts.

The switch to the passing game came with the return of freshman QB Tanner Price, who's been their best QB so far and as a result of Wake's struggles on the ground. During the four-game losing streak, Wake's option game has averaged only 3.4 ypc.

Blogger So Dear: Another heartbreaker

Oct. 23 vs. Duke (1-4, 0-2)
Week 6: Bye
Week 7: vs. Miami

Blue Devil Nation: Duke needs to force turnovers

Nov. 4 vs. Georgia Tech (4-2, 3-1)
Week 6: Georgia Tech 33, Virginia 21
Week 7: vs. Middle Tennessee State

The Jackets got big games from their quarterback, B-backs and A-backs in a dominating offensive performance against UVa. GT averaged over six yards per carry and finished with 477 yards on the ground.

After GT's first five drives resulted in two field goals, a fumble, a pick and a turnover on downs, the Jackets rolled off four touchdowns and a punt on their next five. B-back Anthony Allen finally broke through with 195 rushing yards and three touchdowns.

The Jacket defense did allow 6.4 ypp, but held the Hoos to 3-for-12 on third down.

From the Rumble Seat: Anthony Allen finally finds end zone
Barrel of Rum: Still a lot of mental errors

Nov. 13 at North Carolina (3-2, 1-1)
Week 6: North Carolina 21, Clemson 16
Week 7: at Virginia

UNC registered its first conference win of the season despite gaining only 255 yards. In the end, Johnny White ran well enough to find the end zone twice, including one to put the Tar Heels up 21-10 midway through the fourth quarter.

The Tar Heel defense made up for the offense's deficiencies by holding Clemson to 305 yards. UNC was 3-for-14 on third down, but 4-for-4 on fourth down on offense.

Carolina March: O rides the back of Johnny White
Tar Heel Fan: UNC just good enough to win
The Fifth Corner: Depleted Heels just keep winning
Shakin the Southland: Embarrassing
Block-C: Embarrassing

Nov. 20 at Miami (3-2, 1-1)
Week 6: Florida State 45, Miami 17
Week 7: at Duke

FSU ran all over the Hurricanes for a convincing victory. This was a big result for the Hokies, who are now the only team in the Coastal division with no conference losses.

The Seminoles had 298 yards rushing and averaged 7.3 yards per carry. Meanwhile, Miami had trouble getting its passing game going as Jacory Harris finished 19-for-47 (40.4 percent) for 225 yards (4.8 ypa), no touchdowns and an interception.

Miami gained 424 yards of offense, but needed 85 plays to do it. The Canes averaged 5.0 yards per play to FSU's 7.6. That's a huge difference. The Canes did have some success on the ground as Damien Berry averaged 5.1 yards per carry to get to 101 yards and a touchdown.

Miami's problems were consistency on offense and not being able to stop FSU's rushing attack.

Eye of the Hurricane: Same problems haunt Canes
Canespace: ACCCG still within reach
All Canes: Miami whipped in the trenches
Tomahawk Nation: Canes played into FSU's hands
Scalp Em: Defense harasses Harris

Nov. 27 vs. Virginia (2-3, 0-2)
Week 6: Georgia Tech 33, Virginia 21
Week 7: vs. North Carolina

If UVa had been able to have any consistency on offense they might have had a chance against Georgia Tech. The Hoos had just two drives last longer than 2:03 and neither of those resulted in points. Looking at the box score, you can see the UVa offense did enough not to cost the team the game, but definitely not enough to win.

UVa averaged nearly five yards per carry on offense, but had just 137 yards on the ground. Marc Verica didn't throw any interceptions, but didn't throw any touchdowns either and finished 18-for-31 (58.1 percent) for 239 yards. Good, but nothing outstanding.

The defense was worn down by the Jackets' flexbone-spread offense and gave up over 500 yards of offense. 

From Old Virginia: Offense wasn't awful
Streaking the Lawn: Tackling was inadequate

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