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Virginia Tech 36, Maryland 9: Postgame Stream of Consciousness

Nothing to get too excited about. Hokies took care of business and move to 7-3.

  • Georgia Tech clinched the Coastal with its win over Duke earlier in the day. Congratulations to Winfield, Dane and Bird. Enjoy Tampa, Ybor City and Mons Venus. Take pictures.
  • In the first half, the Hokies scored three touchdowns on three trips to the red zone and were 5-for-7 on third down conversions. They led, 27-3 at the half and were pretty dominant on both sides of the ball.
  • In the second half, the Hokies made three field goals on three trips to the red zone and were 3-for-8 on third down conversions. Needless to say, things got a lot more conservative in the second half.
  • Tyrod Taylor threw for 200 yards and three touchdowns in the first half. A fourth touchdown was called back and spotted at the 1-yard line on replay. The Terps gave him man coverage and Tyrod took advantage of it, hooking up with Jarrett Boykin and Dyrell Roberts deep. Tyrod threw a few beautiful deep balls today.
  • Maryland sold out to stop the run in the first half. But in the second half, Ryan Williams was able to churn out yards and finished with 126 yards and the Hokies' first touchdown of the game.
  • The defense kept Maryland out of the end zone. The Terps only touchdown came when Tyrod held the ball too long in the end zone and fumbled.
  • The only offense the Terps could manage the whole game came when Jamarr Robinson would scramble for yards. He had 128 yards rushing and completed only 12 of his 32 passes for 104 yards. The defense played well, but couldn't always account for Robinson's rushing abilities. Honestly, if Chris Turner had played this would have been much uglier.
  • Virginia Tech averaged 6.7 yards per play. Maryland averaged 3.7.
  • The jerseys looked fine from afar and on ESPN360. The jersey stripes looked decent, but the number gradient and spiralgraph shoulders were atrocious. I think it would have looked a lot better with our usual maroon helmets, too.
  • In all, the Hokies did what we expected them to and keep their goal of a 10-win season alive. They return home to face NC State next week. We'll learn the game time and TV for that game Sunday afternoon.