Oct 23, 2014; Blacksburg, VA, USA; Miami Hurricanes running back Duke Johnson (8) runs as Virginia Tech Hokies cornerback Kendall Fuller (11) defends in the third quarter at Lane Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports
The whole game could be classified as bad. The Hokies never got on track on the offensive side of the ball or on the defensive side as well. The offense has been a problem for some time for the Hokies. All the talent is in the right places but it just seems to not be enough to jump start an anemic Hokie offense.
The Hokies only had 15 first downs for the game and only scored 6 points, the points coming when the game had been decided for some time. Once again, the Hokie offense was horrible on third down. The offense only managed to convert 3 third downs the entire game.
Before the last three games, the Hokies were one of the better teams in the conference on third down converting on more than 50 percent of their chances. The talent the Hokies have is wasted by the play calling but that is a discussion for later.
The defense was very porous in the defeat but the yardage was given up in an area which the Hokies are usually very efficient in. The Hokies gave up a staggering 364 yards on the ground and for the first time under Bud Foster, allowed two separate 100 yard rushers. Duke Johnson proved he was a top tier back in the ACC rushing for 249 yards and a score.
The Hokies were without two major run stoppers in Luther Maddy and Chase Williams. However, a Bud Foster defense should have been better at stopping this rushing attack. The Hokies seemed uninterested on defense and after being put in bad position after bad position, finally couldn’t hold back the tide anymore.
The Hurricanes, like sharks smelling blood in the water, took advantage of this lack of concentration. Scoring at will, the Hurricanes took the defense out of the game as well as the fans.