Nov 22, 2014; Winston-Salem, NC, USA; Virginia Tech Hokies defensive tackle Nigel Williams (95) gets congratulated by linebacker Deon Clarke (40) after a sack during the first quarter against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons at BB&T Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports
Well the good is the same as the week before against Duke. The defense was definitely the star of this game. Not only did they hold Wake Forest scoreless in regulation, but they never yielded a first down in the two overtime sessions.
The defense did all they could to get the Hokies a win but it is just hard for a defense to not only stop the other team but also score points. Bud Foster’s defense played stellar holding the Demon Deacons to 234 yards and stopping the rushing attack, only allowing a 1.8 yard per rush average.
The defense also brought the pressure against John Wolford. Wolford was sacked 7 times and never felt comfortable which was shown by his play. Wolford was also intercepted one time, but that was the only turnover the defense could come up with.
Once again, the defense was led by Andrew Motuapuaka with 10 tackles, two of which were sacks. Motuapuaka has been a solid contributor since Chase Williams has been sidelined by injury. With Williams scheduled to return against UVA, it will interesting to see how Bud Foster uses Motuapuaka.
No matter what scheme Foster comes up with, it will be important for the defense to execute like they have been the last two games. The defense is the only real reason we have been in these games at all. More than likely, it will be up to the defense again to carry the team to bowl eligibility.