3. Virginia Tech already checks boxes on improvements from 2022
Coming into this season, two areas to keep an eye out for the Hokies were one area on both sides of the ball. Defensively, was the defense going to create more turnovers than they did last season? Offensively, were the Hokies going to get some plays from their wide receivers?
Check and check for Pry.
Defensively, after a lackluster opening half, they were able to create two third-quarter turnovers that the offense was able to turn into points and they turned the ball over on downs early in the fourth with the other. allowed them to pull away from the Monarchs. On the opening drive of the half, they forced a fumble as Old Dominion was marching down the field, but Nasir Peoples was able to jump on the loose ball. Tech’s offense turned that into a Jennings touchdown reception.
In the fourth quarter, they forced an interception when Dorian Stong picked a pass and returned inside the red zone to set up a field goal. They have already forced one-third of the amount of turnovers than they did in an entire season in 2022.
In the third quarter, Josh Fuga pounced on a fumble, then after Virginia Tech turned the ball over on downs, they forced Wilson into a fumble, but a Monarchs lineman fell on the ball.
Jennings finished with five receptions for 72 yards, Lane had four catches for 69 yards and Felton’s only catch was for 34 yards. That’s 175 yards receiving that they didn’t have last season.