Hokies’ Game Review #2: “The First Win”

By Rakin Hamad (@RakkAttackk)

The first win of the 2013 season came versus the Western Carolina Catamounts last Saturday. The Hokies dominated the Catamounts and won 45-3. The Catamounts offense was atrocious all day long, and it was obvious that they were out of their league versus this Hokies’ defense.

 

Three Good:

 

1. Defense wins Championships:

 

This 2013 Hokies’ defense followed up a good performance versus Alabama with a great performance versus Western Carolina. The defense got the scoring started when S Detrick Bonner took an interception to the house with 6:14 left in the first quarter. Bonner added another interception in the second quarter and CB Brandon Facyson intercepted Western Carolina QB Eddie Sullivan on the first series of the game. Sullivan only had 4 completions to go with his 3 interceptions, and his lack of a running game didn’t help. The Hokies’ defense only gave up an average of 2.8 yards per rush, and the only points they gave up came off of a muffed punt that gave the Catamounts possession in Hokies’ territory.

 

2. Run, Run, Run

 

Again, the Hokies’ running game was good. During the first half running backs Trey Edmunds and J.C. Coleman switched every series. This was Coleman’s first game of the season and he looked solid, averaging 5.5 yards per carry. In the second half freshman Chris Mangus stole the show with his 76-yard touchdown run. This was the second week in a row that the Hokies broke a 70 yard running touchdown, last week Edmunds took one to the house in the first quarter versus Alabama. The Hokies have a good group of running backs, which will be important going forward if the injury bug hits.

 

3. Beamer Ball

 

Special Teams were a big concern after the Hokies’ season opening loss to Alabama where they gave up a kick-off return and a punt return for a touchdown. While Kyshoen Jarrett did muff a punt on the Hokies’ 11 yard line in the third quarter, the special teams did a good job of winning the field position battle all day. Of course Western Carolina’s starters probably wouldn’t be able to play on Virginia Tech’s special teams, so we shouldn’t jump to any conclusions, but on this day the special teams played well.

 

Three Bad

 

1. Logan Thomas

 

Stop me if you’ve heard this before, but Logan Thomas didn’t play as well as he should have. He threw two interceptions and both of them were on sideline throws to the end zone. The second one was particularly disappointing because the Hokies were trying to score before the half ended. In order for the Hokies to compete in the ACC, Logan Thomas will have to start playing like 2011 Logan and not the current 2013 Logan.

 

2. No shutout

 

The Hokies very well could have had a shutout versus the Catamounts, but the muffed punt in the third quarter gave them three points. Western Carolina was very happy to get any kind of points, as they chose to run the ball three straight times and kick the ball.

 

3. Sell-out Streak over

 

While this doesn’t have to do with the actual football game, it was disappointing that the Hokies’ sell-out streak at Lane Stadium ended on Saturday. Reasons for this is probably a lack of season tickets from students being bought due to a home schedule that doesn’t have a Thursday night game, and doesn’t have any big name or rivalry schools like Clemson, Florida State, Miami, or Virginia. In addition, Western Carolina is a FCS team, and that probably also contributed to breaking the sell-out streak. The sell-out streak ended after 93 games.