Offensive play calling and execution were not good
Offensive coordinator Tyler Bowen had a good month of October calling plays and getting his offense to execute. That was not the case against Louisville and a troubling trend on the road continued against the Cardinals.
Virginia Tech was playing behind the sticks from the get-go, their protection broke down several times and quarterback Kyron Drones was sacked and presnap penalties limited the playbook for Bowen.
The Hokies racked up just 140 yards of total offense against the Cardinals, nine days after rushing for 318 against Syracuse. First and foremost, let’s make one thing clear, there is a gap in talent between Virginia Tech’s three conference wins over Pittsburgh, Wake Forest, and Syracuse to their two conference losses to the Seminoles and Cardinals. That is likely going to be the matchup in the ACC title game, but the fact that the Hokies couldn’t get much done offensively against either team is a bit of a concern.
The players need to execute better, not commit presnap penalties, and allow Bowen to have a lot of the playbook to use. Crowd noise next weekend at Boston College should not be an issue as the Eagles routinely don’t sell out Alumni Stadium.