Turnovers changed the game
One thing that the Hokies wanted to change heading into the season was creating more turnovers. In their season-opener against Old Dominion, Virginia Tech forced three of them in the second half of a 36-17 victory. Since then, it’s been few and far between, but against Wake Forest, they were big and the offense turned them into points.
In the second quarter, Canteen picked off a pass just inside Virginia Tech territory to end a Demon Deacons drive. In the second quarter, the Tech defense forced a fumble, which was recovered by Powell-Ryland. The Hokies turned that into Tuten’s touchdown run from 3 yards out for a 7-0 lead.
In the fourth quarter, Virginia Tech’s defense forced another fumble, this time with C.J. McCray recovering and the offense turned it into Lane’s second touchdown reception. It’s amazing what can be done when a defense forces turnovers and the offense can capitalize them into points.
Overall, it should be a good bye week for the Hokies, who return to Lane Stadium on Oct. 26 to host Syracuse on a Thursday night ESPN telecast. Sitting at 3-4 at the break feels better than 2-5 and now, Virginia Tech has something to play for following their week off.