Coming out of the bye week, the Virginia Tech football team picked up where they left off before their break, dominating an ACC opponent at Lane Stadium. Like Pittsburgh and Wake Forest before them, Syracuse learned quickly how tough it is to go into Blacksburg in the last month.
It was another dominating performance on both sides of the ball. Heck, even the special teams played a huge role. Every button that head coach Brent Pry, offensive coordinator Tyler Bowen, and defensive coordinator Chris Marve pushed worked and worked out well.
The win brings the Hokies back to 4-4 and keeps their hopes to become bowl-eligible alive with four games remaining. Three of those four games will be on the road, but the schedule is doable. The first game is arguably the toughest, next weekend at Louisville. The other road games are Boston College and Virginia, sandwiched around a home game with North Carolina State.
With that said, here are five things we learned about Virginia Tech from their 38-10 victory over the Orange Thursday night.
Virginia Tech’s offensive line is getting better each week
Talk about flicking a switch. Through the first four games, the offensive line struggled in the running game and struggled to keep pressure off of their quarterbacks. Since ACC play began, it’s been a different-looking group.
That continued against Syracuse as the holes that were opened for Bhayshul Tuten and Malachi Thomas were huge and let’s not forget quarterback Kyron Drones running the ball and had time to stay in the pocket to throw the ball downfield. This unit has been staying healthy and getting better each week.