It has been a long 365 days for the Virginia Tech football team and they were eager to get the 2023 season going with some revenge on their mind.
Last season, they blew a late lead in their season-opener and suffered a 20-17 loss to Old Dominion that began a 3-8 season in the first season of the Brent Pry era. Saturday night at Lane Stadium, the Hokies kicked off the season with a 36-17 win over the Monarchs.
It wasn’t pretty at times, however, a win is a win coming off a frustrating season for Pry and his team. Tech returns to Lane Stadium next Saturday to host Purdue, which was upset, 39-35, by Fresno State at home Saturday afternoon.
When the Hokies go over the film from this one, there are a lot of things that are going to need to be corrected on both sides of the ball. Maybe getting the Monarchs in the opener was good as they have 58 new players on their roster this season, so getting on the same page in games is going to take some time.
Here are three takeaways from the Hokies’ win over a Sun Belt Conference team that won just three games last season as well.