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Game Recap: VT vs Wofford

By Dominic Boltz | September 17
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Photo via Will Trent

The Virginia Tech Hokies rolled into week 3 with a convincing win at home against Wofford. For the second straight week, the Hokies defense dominated in front of a crowded Lane Stadium. While the final score may be underwhelming to some, the Hokies go into week 4 against West Virginia with 2 wins and hungry for a third. There were many players who gave fans some impressive first looks, as well as players making improvements at key positions.

Breakout Performances

This weeks game against Wofford saw multiple Hokies make their first significant impact this season. Temple transfer Jadan Blue secured his first reception in the Maroon and Orange. Blue led the Hokies in receiving yards in his first game on the stat sheet in Blacksburg. Blue accounted for 61 yards on four receptions in his first noteworthy performance. Blue scored his first Touchdown of the year on an 11 yard reception, putting the Hokies up 20-0 with 25 seconds left in the first half.

See Jadan Blue’s first Touchdown as a Hokie below.

Another receiver who put together an impressive debut is Freshman Christian Moss. In his first snaps as a Hokie, Moss reeled in 5 catches for 50 yards. With another early exit from Kaleb Smith, Moss was given many opportunities to show his talent to the Hokie fans. Moss was the first Hokie Freshman to catch a pass this season, so look for him to start making steps to develop into a future starting receiver.

In today’s game we got to see the debut of highly touted Freshman Bryce Duke. Duke had multiple carries in the later stages of the game, going for 25 yards on 6 carries. Duke showed ability to run routes out of the Backfield, including one play in which he scored a 27 yard receiving touchdown.

See Bryce Duke’s 27 yard Touchdown below.

Hokie Defense Keeps Rolling

The Lunch Pail Defense carried on strong in week 3, only allowing 199 yards and 7 points to the Wofford Terriers. Tech's defense was led in tackles by Jalen Stroman and Chamarri Conner with 6 each. The secondary allowed few big plays, with D.J. Harvey and Dorian Strong each recording pass deflections. Given that Wofford had not yet scored a point this season, this isn’t a performance to be overly excited about. However, the Hokie defense has looked solid for three straight weeks. In the two games in Lane Stadium the Hokies allowed 17 points combined. The first few games of the season showed us the defensive play style that the Hokes will rely on to win going forward.

Grant Wells Continues to Improve

Against Wofford Grant Wells threw for his best game so far as a Hokie. Wells saw a season high in completions and passing yards with 26 passes going for 314 yards. Wells also threw for two touchdowns completing passes to Jadan Blue and Bryce Duke. Wells made a few errant throws that have made fans uneasy about his status as starter. However, Wells continues to progress looking more poised and prepared every game. With a big game against West Virginia next week we will see Grant's most difficult test so far. Every Hokie fan will be anxiously waiting to see Wells' performance next week.

The Wofford game saw South Carolina Transfer Jason Brown earn his first snaps under center this season. It was expected for Brown to play today as the Hokies came in as 40 point favorites. The expectation was that Wells would come out early when the lead became significant. However, the score stayed too close most of the game for Brown to get significant playing time. Brown completed 2 of his 3 passes, but there is still much left unseen from the hungry Senior.

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