So. That was fun. Crazy. Heartwrenching. Weird. Sometimes rather obtuse. But the Hokies won over WVU in a 31-24 back and forth slugfest.
HAHAHAHA UNSPORTSMANLIKE ON HOLGERSEN THIS GAME IS LIT. LET'S DO THIS AGAIN FOREVER.— Gobbler Country (@gobblercountry) September 4, 2017
im going to vomit— Gobbler Country (@gobblercountry) September 4, 2017
VIRGINIA TECH WINS MOTHER LOVERS. 31-24. GET WRECKED EERS. 1-0 BABY.— Gobbler Country (@gobblercountry) September 4, 2017
That first win feeling...— HokiesFB (@HokiesFB) September 4, 2017
VT » 3️⃣1️⃣
WVU » 2️⃣4️⃣ pic.twitter.com/qxf8t9nyGY
Let’s not get all carried away. I’m going to give out some G/B/U awards, and honestly, let’s move on to Delaware, please. My heart can’t take any more of that WVU game.
Josh Jackson- After starting with some misfires- plenty of them sensible ones, honestly, I don’t think his decision making was ever THAT poor- Jackson settled into his first college start with aplomb. The first quarter and a half or so was full of yips, but that’s not unexpected for a redshirt freshman on a big stage. While he started 4-10, he eventually roped in a nice enough for a hard start 15-26, for 235 yards, a touchdown, no interceptions, and no fumbles. Oh, and remember how people were worried that he wasn’t going to be able to run?
Yeah, watch that highlight, and say that again. Though Cam did have some criticism about his running style.
"He's a little on the chubby side...didn't surprise me he got caught from behind," Cam on JJ.— Gobbler Country (@gobblercountry) September 4, 2017
Oh, speaking of which…
Cam Phillips- Warning to the rest of the ACC. Cam Phillips is a number one receiver. 7 receptions, 138 yards, 1 touchdown.
Josh Jackson to Cam Phillips for a VT Touchdown!!!!!!— NCAAF Nation (@NCAAFNation247) September 4, 2017
3rd QTR pic.twitter.com/Mq7slgRze4
That is all.
Running Game- Look, it’s still not the MOST EFFICIENT thing on the planet, but 5.2ypc from a 45 carry, 234 yard game? With a balanced 235 yards passing? With DeShawn McClease and Stephen Peoples and Travon McMillian all contributing something useful on the day? AND we got rushing out of Jackson after people were freaking oujt when we lost Jerod Evans? I’ll take it.
Cleanliness- No turnovers, 5 penalties for 34 yards (15 of which was on a coach who was not named), 8.7 yards per pass, and only one sack? Hey, that’s a great start to the season from a general discipline and efficacy standpoint.
True Freshman Oscar Bradburn and Sean Savoy- Remember that we started a freshman punter and had a LOAD of new skill position players last night, too. But Bradburn had a really good game with a 46.5yard per punt average, especially with a couple of the close or complete pin-jobs he did. Savoy ended up being the freshman wide receiver that stepped up this game: 4 catches, 42 yards, and a couple of yards on the ground on some sweeps. He might end up being really useful over the year’s span.
However, moving on, we start seeing some problems buried in the fine print…
Defensive misfires- Bud didn’t send anyone because he was trying to cover out. Prevent defense Bud- at least, anecdotally- is not best Bud. The defensive line couldn’t get pressure (it got exactly as many interceptions as it did sacks, one, which sure would have been an ODD prop bet to nail). Because there was no pressure, Will Grier had all day to throw. And while there were some key stops, the secondary, after being stuck on the field for most of the first half, started to fall apart. When a quarterback throws 53 times on a Hokie Defense and comes up with 3TDs and 371 yards (not to mention 221 yards rushing for the rest of his offense), we all know that there are issues. Bud has to go back into the lab and figure out what he wants to do to get pressure. Oh. And stop those dang pick plays. They’re rough suckers.
Touchdown WVU. That's a pretty standard pick play to get the corner/safety off the inside receiver.— Gobbler Country (@gobblercountry) September 4, 2017
What that play is is BASICALLY bog-standard 'they don't ever call it' offensive pass interference.— Gobbler Country (@gobblercountry) September 4, 2017
They're going to have to figure out how to solve that concept with our personnel or people are going to throw short pick under all year.— Gobbler Country (@gobblercountry) September 4, 2017
FedEx Field Traffic:
I’m just going to leave this here:
Btw, have been sitting at this exit for 20 minutes having moved less than a half mile.— Gobbler Country (@gobblercountry) September 3, 2017
Every single event held there is a traffic nightmare https://t.co/IlK3WsX37M— Treadmill Horse (@treadmillhorse) September 3, 2017
Chalk this up for 2 things:— Gobbler Country (@gobblercountry) September 3, 2017
1. Another time I wished I owned a tank.
2. One more reason I hate FedEx field.
Joey Slye: Oof, Joey had a poor night. JUUUUST missed a pair of important field goals that he’s usually automatic from.
Joey Slye is usually dead on. Very unusual to see that. West Virginia still has a chance— NCAAF Nation (@NCAAFNation247) September 4, 2017
Joey Slye never missed from inside of 40 and he's missed 2 tonight.— Jordan Long (@JordanLong_4) September 4, 2017
Sorry, guys, but kicking is weird and finicky, and so are kickers. For all we know those might be two of the only three misses that he has this year, but because they happened in high-stress situations where we were all on the edge of our seats, he’s getting crucified for it. Yes, it was bad, but let’s just move on. We won, the ‘Eers lost.
On to Delaware. Time to go 1-0 again.