Virginia Tech Football: 3 takeaways from dominating rout of Virginia

Nov 25, 2023; Charlottesville, Virginia, USA; Virginia Tech Hokies quarterback Kyron Drones (1) passes the ball to Hokies wide receiver Da'Quan Felton (9) against the Virginia Cavaliers during the second quarter at Scott Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 25, 2023; Charlottesville, Virginia, USA; Virginia Tech Hokies quarterback Kyron Drones (1) passes the ball to Hokies wide receiver Da'Quan Felton (9) against the Virginia Cavaliers during the second quarter at Scott Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports /
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Nov 25, 2023; Charlottesville, Virginia, USA; Virginia Tech Hokies wide receiver Stephen Gosnell (12) scores a touchdown against the Virginia Cavaliers during the first quarter at Scott Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 25, 2023; Charlottesville, Virginia, USA; Virginia Tech Hokies wide receiver Stephen Gosnell (12) scores a touchdown against the Virginia Cavaliers during the first quarter at Scott Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports /

The Virginia Tech offense got a true “team effort” against Virginia

The Virginia Tech offense was clicking from the first snap. You can make the case that the strong second half they had against North Carolina State last week in their 35-28 loss where they scored three touchdowns in the final 30 minutes set the tone for this week.

It started in the first quarter when Drones connected with Stephen Gosnell on a 4th-and-2 for 44 yards and a touchdown. In the second quarter, Tucker Holloway scored on a 33-yard double reverse, and Bhaysul Tuten ripped off a 32-yard touchdown run.

In the third quarter, Drones connected with Felton for the long touchdown pass, and then Tuten returned a kickoff 94 yards to paydirt. Later in the quarter, Felton hauled in a 34-yard touchdown pass from Drones and the rout was on. Malachi Thomas closed out the scoring with a fourth-quarter touchdown run.

Felton finished with 133 yards receiving on three catches and Daae’Quan Wright had 64 receiving yards on three catches. Virginia Tech finished with 500 offensive yards, 252 on the ground, and 248 in the air. The only downside was they were 6-for-15 on third downs, but when you have big plays like they did, it doesn’t matter much what you do on third downs.