Face the Nation
The (Morning After the) Morning After: ACC Week 7 (D1scourse)
"It was obvious in the opener against Boise State the Hokies would go only as far as Taylor could take them. I've admitted he's better than I thought he was coming into the season, but his work of late probably exceeds just about any Hokie fan's expectations."
Second Thoughts After Week Seven (ACC Sports Journal)
"Those are impressive numbers in their own right, but what lifts Taylor up to another level is his ability to make things happen with his legs as well. He’s currently leading the Hokies in rushing with 480 yards. Taylor has also has 3 rushing touchdowns."
ACC Blogger Power Poll – Week 7 (ACC Blogger)
"(No. 2 Virginia Tech) Just wow. 605 yards. 52 points. 41+ minutes of possession. It just doesn’t get more dominate than that. The Hokies are hitting their stride going into Coastal clashes with Duke and Georgia Tech in Lane coming up."
Things We Learned, By the Numbers, and ACColades (ACC Blitz)
"This one went as expected. The Hokies continued to show they are getting better and better every week. Their offense was clicking on all cylinders as they racked up over 600 yards. Even more important was the balance: 314 through the air, and 291 on the ground.QB Tyrod Taylor was on the entire game. The times of him scrambling every play are gone. He’s proven he really is a true dual-threat."
Virginia Tech Beat Writers
Hokies roll Deacs, 52-21, and offense finally dominates (Kyle Tucker)
"THIS is what we all thought the Hokies’ offense was going to look like. Weapons everywhere. Everybody making plays. A few tricks. Way too much for any opposing defensive coordinator to account for."
Thoughts on Virginia Tech 52, Wake Forest 21 (Darryl Slater)
"Giving up big plays continues to be an issue for Tech’s defense. Entering today, the Hokies had allowed 31 plays of 20 yards or longer in six games – 5.2 per game. They were under that number today, but Wake had the two monster plays. The Hokies did a better job of limiting big plays in the second half. Of the big four, just the 78-yard pass came after halftime. Wake ran 15 plays for 138 total yards in the second half, as Tech ran the clock out."
Offense, offense and more offense for Tech (Norm Wood)
"You know all the offensive fireworks have Hokie fans whipped into a frenzy when backup quarterback Logan Thomas doing something as innocent as taking a knee three times to end tonight's 52-21 win against Wake Forest inspires a smattering of boos from the few thousand faithful that stayed until the bitter end."
Pregame prank motivates Hokies' offense in win (Aaron McFarling)
"From start to finish, Tech's offense enjoyed this one. And that's really the biggest thing they've been missing. They've had previous spurts of production this season, but nothing like this: Seven touchdowns on their first eight possessions, 49 points in the first half, second-stringers diving into action early in the third quarter."
Hokies run, pass and repeat to win (Randy King)
"The total yardage would have been slightly higher -- 612 -- if not for a loss of 7 in the game's final three snaps as Tech ran out the clock. Thomas was part of that deal, too, as he had long replaced Taylor behind center. This was a laugher. A three-hour, 38-minute fun-fest if you were a Tech player or backer."
QB Logan Thomas gets his moment, and delivers (Mark Giannotto)
"Offensive coordinator Bryan Stinespring said the plan was for Thomas to see some snaps at H-back against Central Michigan, but he tweaked his hamstring during Tuesday's practice leading into that game. This week, though, Thomas finally had his number called."
Virginia Tech Bloggers
605 (The Key Play)
"We're slowly evolving into the most conservative spread offense in the country. Each week Stinepring seems to put his foot farther into the pool and realizes that it's not too bad in there. Our philosophy and play calling over the last few games reminds me Ohio State circa 2007. We're spreading the field and getting the ball to our playmakers in space, but then lining up tight and grinding out yards with a powerful rushing attack. It works."
Hokies Take Care of Business (VT Fan)
"Yes, this was a porous Wake Forest defense that ranked in the bottom 20 in almost every defensive category but this was still an ACC team. They have ACC players and even have a few they out recruited us for. Yet, the Hokies managed to score touchdowns on seven of their first eight drives. No redzone woes, no 3rd down woes, just flawless execution."
Tech Offense Smashes Wake (Tech Sideline)
"Jarrett Boykin finally got some help from the other wide receivers. Boykin himself caught eight passes for 62 yards and a touchdown, but it was Dyrell Roberts and Danny Coale who made the big plays downfield. Roberts caught six passes for 134 yards, while Coale hauled in five receptions for 103 yards and a touchdown."
Wake Forest Bloggers
Deacs embarrassed in Blacksburg (Blogger So Dear)
"While Wake is fielding a very young football team, some major changes need to be made going forward. There is no excuse for giving up seven touchdowns in a half to the Indianapolis Colts, much less a team that lost to James Madison."