Oct 23, 2014; Blacksburg, VA, USA; Virginia Tech Hokies quarterback Michael Brewer (12) with the ball in the second quarter at Lane Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports
This was one time, so far this year, I have had a very hard time coming up with a good part. In all the losses previousl,y there were definite parts which warranted the status of being good. However, this was not the case against Miami. I struggled to find any good with any of the play from the Hokies. As I thought more and more about it, I just couldn’t come up with anything. Finally, after studying the stats I remembered a part of the game lost in the poor play.
The Hokies’ offensive line has been a penalty machine most of the year. However, the offensive line only had one penalty and that was deep into the fourth quarter with mostly backups in the game. It would appear the coaching staff got the message across that penalties were not going to beat the Hokies this game. The rearrangement of the offensive line was a success in the part of cleaning up the penalties but not much of a success for any other part of the game. For the most part the team in general was not penalized much only being flagged four times, however those four penalties cost the Hokies 40 yards. The penalty total was the lowest for the Hokies in many weeks. The lack of penalties did not create the opportunities on the offensive end of the field as previously thought. However, the lack of penalties is a step in the right direction to right the sinking ship that is the Hokie offense.