Virginia Tech Football: 3 takeaways from loss to Purdue

Sep 9, 2023; Blacksburg, Virginia, USA; Purdue Boilermakers tight end Max Klare (86) runs down field after a first quarter catch as Virginia Tech Hokies safety Jaylen Jones (15) and cornerback Mansoor Delane (4) attempt tackle at Lane Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Lee Luther Jr.-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 9, 2023; Blacksburg, Virginia, USA; Purdue Boilermakers tight end Max Klare (86) runs down field after a first quarter catch as Virginia Tech Hokies safety Jaylen Jones (15) and cornerback Mansoor Delane (4) attempt tackle at Lane Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Lee Luther Jr.-USA TODAY Sports /
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Sep 9, 2023; Blacksburg, Virginia, USA; Purdue Boilermakers tight end Max Klare (86) runs down field after a first quarter catch as Virginia Tech Hokies safety Jaylen Jones (15) and cornerback Mansoor Delane (4) attempt tackle at Lane Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Lee Luther Jr.-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 9, 2023; Blacksburg, Virginia, USA; Purdue Boilermakers tight end Max Klare (86) runs down field after a first quarter catch as Virginia Tech Hokies safety Jaylen Jones (15) and cornerback Mansoor Delane (4) attempt tackle at Lane Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Lee Luther Jr.-USA TODAY Sports /

Virginia Tech outplayed in the second half

What a difference a week makes. Last week against Old Dominion, the Hokies outplayed the Monarchs in the final 30 minutes, created three turnovers, and pulled away on offense. This week was different because of multiple factors.

Defensively, they were not able to stop the Boilermakers in the fourth quarter, mainly on third down, with the biggest completion by Card coming on third-and-11 from the Virginia Tech 14 when he connected with Devin Mockobee for 12 yards to the 2. One play later, Card scored the game-winning touchdown on a 2-yard run. What was missing this week from last week? No turnovers were created by the defense.

Offensively, yes, they dealt with multiple injuries to their receivers and possibly even Wells, but with no running game, they became predictable on offense and made it easier for Purdue, which was lit up for 371 passing yards last week by Fresno State, easier to defend them.

It’s going to be a long week in Blacksburg when it comes to injury news and how healthy they will be when they head to Rutgers next weekend.

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