Beamer ball & the Lunch Pail defense rise from ashes:
There is no question one of Virginia Tech’s biggest problems this season was the poor play from their defense and a relatively quiet season from their special teams. Things changed this past Friday. After a defensive stop, the Virginia Cavaliers decided to punt the ball away. Virginia Tech wide receiver Tre Turner, who we will talk more about in a later segment, burst through the line and blocked the punt which the Hokies proceeded to return for a touchdown. The Virginia Tech defense had a decent day but could not stop Virginia junior quarterback Bryce Perkins. Who almost single-handedly won the game for the Cavaliers. The defense came up big in the most important moment after a field goal by Brian Johnson in overtime. The Cavaliers took possession, on the first play of the drive a miscommunication between Perkins and senior running back Jordan Ellis led to a fumble which the Hokies recovered. Ending the game and extending Tech’s domination over their in-state rivals to 15 straight years.
Welcome to stardom Tre Turner:
In his first collegiate season, true freshman Tre Turner has been a quite productive member for Justin Fuente’s squad. Showing he can produce on offense catching 22 passes for almost 400 yards and three touchdowns. His third being an amazing one-handed catch against Virginia. Not only was Turner responsible for Tech’s first two scores. The wide receiver showed off his diverse skill set by taking his only rush attempt of the evening for a huge 43-yard gain. If Turner continues progressing at this rate coach Fuente will have a fun weapon to torment opponents with.
Two streaks stay alive:
Coming into Friday Tech had a lot to play for. Not only did they want to continue the 14-year domination over their hated rivals, but they have the longest active bowl streak recognized by the NCAA on the line. If Tech had lost they would be deemed bowl ineligible snapping that streak. However, with the win, the Hokies now have the opportunity to go bowling and putting this nightmare season behind them.
The Hokies will play a makeup game against Marshall on Saturday in Blacksburg to decide if the team will be bowl eligible this season.
The Cavaliers will wait to see what bowl game they will be playing for later this year.