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2013 Virginia Tech Football: What To Watch Vs. Pittsburgh

Charles LeClaire-US PRESSWIRE

Virginia Tech Hokies (5-1) vs. Pittsburgh Panthers (3-1)

Virginia Tech Offense vs. Pittsburgh Defense

  • As I said in the Game Guide:
  • Defensively, the Panthers play out of the 4-3.
  • Defensively, the Panthers are giving up 380.8 yards per game, good for No. 54 nationally. They also are tied for No. 91 in the nation in scoring defense, giving up 31.5 points per game.
  • In rushing defense, Pittsburgh is No. 66 nationally, allowing only 161.8 yards per game. Through the air, they've allowed 219 yards per game, good for a No. 52 ranking in the nation.
  • After three games, the Hokies rank No. 108 in the nation in total offense with 330.7 yards per game
  • The Hokies rank No. 98 nationally in rushing with 124.5 yards on the ground per game.
  • Virginia Tech currently ranks No. 89 in the nation with 206.2 passing yards per game.
  • The Hokies rank No.95 in the country in scoring offense with 23.8 points per game.

Virginia Tech Defense vs. Pittsburgh Offense

  • As I said in the Game Guide:
  • Pittsburgh runs a pro-set offense
  • The Panthers rank No. 69 nationally in total offense with 405.3 yards per game. They are also scoring 33.5 points per game, which ranks No. 44 nationally.
  • Pittsburgh ranks No. 43 in passing offense with 265 yards per game through the air.
  • The Panthers rank No. 88 nationally with 140.3 yards per game on the ground.
  • Tom Savage has passed for 1,052 yards with 10 touchdowns and 2 interceptions so far this season.
  • Running backs James Conner and Isaac Bennett have split the carries so far this season, and have combined for 532 yards and 6 TD's.
  • Tyler Boyd has 23 receptions for 425 yards and 4 touchdowns so far this year, and Devin Street also has 21 receptions for 445 yards and 3 TD's.
  • The Hokies are ranked No. 15 in the nation in rushing defense, allowing 102.3 yards per game.
  • Virginia Tech ranks No. 9 in the nation in passing defense, allowing only 161.3 yards passing per game.
  • The Hokies rank No. 5 nationally in total defense, allowing 263.7 yards per game.
  • Virginia Tech is tied for No. 12 nationally in scoring defense, allowing 16 points per game (though 21 of those points were not allowed by the defense).

Watch the Box Score

  • Pittsburgh yards after catch and yards after carry
  • Pittsburgh total yardage
  • Time of possession
  • Rushing yardage by Virginia Tech's running backs

Virginia Tech Players to Watch

Pittsburgh Players to Watch

  • 7 - Tom Savage, r-Sr., QB
  • 97 - Aaron Donald, Sr., DL
  • 15 - Devin Street, r-Sr., WR OR 23 - Tyler Boyd, Fr., WR
  • 8 - Todd Thomas, r-Jr., LB

Final Score

Virginia Tech 24, Pittsburgh 17