Cheers and Jeers: Virginia Tech vs. Wofford
Certain corners of the Internet failed to handle things terribly well early on—as well as in the middle and towards the end. It was as if they've missed the last 20 years or so of forgotten midday Virginia Tech games
against Furman, Richmond, The Citadel, and so many others.
The Hokies almost always start out slow against these types of teams. It's just the way it is. I don't make the rules.
It was a standard Tech performance in this kind of sleepy early game where the first-team defense dominated, the offense rolled up yards and scored just enough to win comfortably.
Some Hesitancy Downfield
Where he seemed to struggle early on was missing open receivers downfield at the second level. Wells chose to play things safe and hit his check downs on at least a couple of plays with other very open options. It wasn't an issue in this game but against more evenly matched opponents it could prove to be a problem if Wells continues to leave potential big plays on the table. It continues to be a growing process for Wells as he attempts to balance the extremes of being a gunslinger versus gun-shy. The good news is that he'll see all this in film study and work to fix it.
It's worth noting that the offense also looked quite solid at times, particularly just before halftime.
Wells led an impressive drive in just under three minutes that went 10 plays for 64 yards. Tech had three timeouts to work with too. The excellent clock management shows a big improvement from the opener when the Hokies had some end of game issues. It's another example of improving correctable mistakes, something Brent Pry has stressed repeatedly.
Kaleb Smith Banged Up Again
Other Receivers Step Up
Nick Gallo continued to be reliable with five catches for 52 yards. There were plenty of new faces in on the act too.
Christian Moss showed some positive signs with five catches for 50 yards. Temple transfer Jaden Blue finally appears healthy and made his impact felt as well with four catches for a team-high 61 yards and a touchdown. He made a couple of acrobatic plays and looks the part of a big-play threat down the field. Reserve running back Bryce Duke also flashed his speed on a pretty wheel route that resulted in a 27-yard score.
There are plenty of opportunities for guys to break out in this department. We'll see how everyone's role continues to evolve.
Kyle Lowe was great on kickoffs with six touchbacks on six kicks. You can't beat that.
Meanwhile, Peter Moore continued his quest for the Ray Guy award. Moore blasted three kicks for an average of 47.7 yards with all three pinning Wofford back inside their own 20.
There's still some room for improvement with the snaps on field goals, but Moore has shined there as the holder. He's just a steady presence across the board. It's no surprise he was named a team captain this season.
Great Crowd For Brunch
It's clear that the fan base continues to be re-energized by the coaching change and is excited to be back in Lane Stadium once again, regardless of the opponent or conditions. That's an encouraging sign especially when coupled with the news of numerous sellouts for later in the season.
Tech got out of it fairly healthy and with a comfortable win. It's about all you can ask for ahead of a short week that features the biggest game of the year to this point.
Enjoy the win and get ready to go again. Game week has already started.