Bhayshul Tute and Malachi Thomas turning into good Power 5 running backs
For the third time in the last four weeks, the Hokies had success running the ball. A lot of that had to do with the offensive line, but it was total domination on the ground in terms of yardage between the two teams.
Virginia Tech finished the game with 318 yards on the ground as a team compared to zero for Syracuse. Total domination on the ground. Tuten rushed for 118 yards, Thomas rushed for 87, and Drones for 56. Tuten had a second-quarter touchdown for a 30-3 lead.
Tuten got his yards between tackle and to the outside. On the final play of the first quarter, he picked up 10 yards for a first down, was injured, and did not play the rest of the drive in the second quarter, but he did return later in the quarter to find the end zone.
Thomas did a nice job of giving Tuten a break and did a nice job of hitting the holes hard, while Drones did a good job of reading the defense and making plays with his legs. All in all, it was a great night on the ground for Virginia Tech.