It was a tough afternoon on Saturday for the Virginia Tech football team against North Carolina State. In their final home game of the 2023 season at Lane Stadium, the Hokies had a chance to collect their sixth win of the season and officially become bowl-eligible.
The Wolfpack had other ideas.
NC State put on a ball-control clinic on offense, their terrific linebacker Peyton Wilson was causing problems all over the field for Virginia Tech’s offense and the Hokies’ running game struggled all day in a 35-28 loss on Senior Day for 21 Tech senior’s who suited up for the final time in Blacksburg.
The Wolfpack entered with a game plan and executed, really from the second quarter on. They took the sold-out Lane Stadium crowd out of the game early, they limited big plays for Virginia Tech’s offense, and jumped out to a 28-7 lead in the third quarter before withstanding a fourth-quarter charge from the home team.
At 5-6, head coach Brent Pry and his staff have little time to dwell on the loss and they need to pick up the pieces and focus on the task at hand this upcoming Saturday afternoon, get win No. 6 on the road against in-state rival Virginia.
Believe it or not, it wasn’t all bad for the Hokies against the Wolfpack, and here are three major positives for Virginia Tech heading into a big preparation week for the Cavaliers.