Virginia Tech’s running game is back
OK, so four four weeks the Hokies were looking for anything that looked like a stable running game. It wasn’t there against Old Dominion, Purdue or Rutgers. There was a glimmer of hope against Marshall, but for some reason not known, they went away from it. Not Saturday.
Virginia Tech committed to running the football against Pittsburgh and they stuck with controlling the ball throughout the game and wear down the Panthers defense. Bhayshul Tuten had his best game as a Hokie rising for 120 yards on 24 carries. Drones gained 86 yards on the ground on 21 carries and had a pair of touchdowns of 2 and 10 yards.
For the first time this season, the offensive line did a tremendous job blocking, opening holes, getting downfield blocks, and keeping the Panthers from getting too many hits on Drones. Tuten and Malachi Thomas rushed for 39 yards on 10 carries when Tuten got breaks. Even wide receiver Jaylin Lane was used with jet sweeps.
It’s just one game and the Hokies need to prove next week against FSU that they can take the running game on the road and be successful. It was a great sight to see them control the ball running it, now the Hokies need to prove it week after week before we can say that the running game is back.