Second positive: Brent Pry’s third-quarter gamble paid off for Virginia Tech
Leading 17-10 in the third quarter, the Hokies were looking at another punt to give the ball back to Wake Forest. Facing a 4th-and-6 at midfield, Pry was talked into a fake punt and his team pulled it off and Cole Nelson picked up 18 yards. Virginia Tech was only able to turn it into a field goal, but it made it a two-possession game at the end of the third quarter and some breathing room.
This is the second week that Pry has taken a gamble. Last week at Florida State, he went for three fourth downs on one drive, that ended with a 5-yard Bhayshul Tuten touchdown run. If the Hokies are going to have success over the final five weeks, taking gambles like that and playing desperation football is almost a must.
Third positive: The offensive line giving Kyron Drones time to throw
It’s safe to say that Kyron Drones has settled in with the Hokies, but early on, the offensive line was not giving him enough time in the pocket to throw, forcing him to scramble and despite his ability to do it, you don’t want him taking too many unnecessary hits. Against Wake Forest, the line gave him time in the pocket and it paid off.
Drones finished with 321 yards through the air, including two touchdown passes to Jaylin Lane, the first one being a 75-yard reception and then a 12-yarder in the fourth quarter to put the game away. The struggles of the offensive line have been an issue, but against Wake Forest, it was their best performance by far of the season.