Sept 29, 2012; Landover, MD, USA; Virginia Tech Hokies running back Martin Scales (25) runs towards Cincinnati Bearcats linebacker Maalik Bomar (4) during the first quarter at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Paul Frederiksen-US PRESSWIRE

Virginia Tech vs. Cincinnati - Halftime Thoughts

Well – the Hokies somehow are leading 7-6 right now despite a whopping 72 total yards of offense.  The first half of this game for the Hokies has been laced with offensive ineptitude, but that’s the norm this season for Virginia Tech football.  Here’s a look at the important stats so far.

                                       VT       UC

1st Downs 2 10
3rd down efficiency
1-7 4-11
4th down efficiency
1-1 1-2
Total Yards 72 146
Passing 37 116
7-13 10-23
Yards per pass
2.8 5.0
Rushing 35 30
Rushing Attempts
13 18
Yards per rush
2.7 1.7
Penalties 6-89 4-25
Turnovers 1 2
Fumbles lost
1 1
Interceptions thrown
0 1
Possession 12:23 17:22

Logan Thomas is 7/13 for 37 yards, including 13 rushing yards and a rushing touchdown.  It took until the second half before Virginia Tech got their first 1st down, which should tell you all you need to know.  Corey Fuller has four receptions for 24 yards, but he also lost a fumble deep in Virginia Tech territory that almost ended up in a touchdown for Cincinnati.

Virginia Tech’s only offense was sparked by an interception by Cincinnati, which gave the Hokies the ball on UC 13-yard line.  And even then, the Hokies had to go for it on fourth down to get into the endzone.

Virginia Tech’s defense has done the most damage when bringing five or six rushers and getting pressure on UC quarterback Munchie Legaux.  When playing passive, the UC receivers have time to get past Virginia Tech’s questionable secondary.  Antoine Exum has been picked on all day, and for good reason too.  The Hokies have given up 116 pass yards in the first half, and 146 total yards.

The most telling stat for the Hokies might be their six penalties for 89 yards.  The Hokies can’t afford to shoot themselves in the foot when the offense is this bad as it is (granted, two of those penalties were VERY questionable).  The Hokies will receive the ball to start the second half, so let’s hope some adjustments are made.


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