The Hokies were able to hold on to the win to get a much needed victory against the Yellow Jackets 26-17. The game had some real positives for Virginia Tech, that started a four out of five game road trip to end the regular season.
Malachi Thomas was exceptional, especially to finish off the game, and earn himself another 100+ yard performance with 103 on the ground. Raheem Blackshear added another 83 yards on 14 carries to help get the Hokies 239 yards on the ground.
Tre Turner was an absolute beast with 187 yards and a long play of the season of 69 yards. Braxton Burmeister had his best game statistically with 248 yards and two touchdowns on 15-25 passing.
The 12 play 85 yard drive in the 4th quarter proved to be the difference in a game that the Hokies had to have to give them a decent chance of a bowl this year. Very importantly, Tech did not turn the ball over.
The defense was able to do enough, in the first solid outing for that side of the ball in a few weeks, to get the job done. The Hokies were able to hold the Jackets to 366 total yards, even with 183 rushing and passing, with a much improved tackling performance and the ability to get after the quarterback, especially late in the game.
Next is a short week to Boston College to play an Eagles team that the Hokies have historically had difficulties with on the road. I don’t know that this is a turnaround for the team, but a win to stop the bleeding has to feel good for a team looking for anything positive to hang their hats on.