Virginia Tech gashed Tulane's run defense
Going into the game, the big question was if the Hokies were going to be able to run the ball against a stout Tulane defensive line. Quarterback Kyron Drones and running back Bhayshul Tuten were able to run the ball and run it very effectively behind an offensive line that dominated as the game went along.
As a team, Virginia Tech rushed for 362 yards on 50 carries and three touchdowns. Drones finished with 176 on the ground on 20 rushes and a touchdown, that was reviewed and the call stood in the first quarter. The Hokies were lucky that there was no definitive angle of the goal line. In the fourth quarter, the Baylor transfer ripped off a 51-yard run to the Green Wave 9-yard line and one play later Tuten scored around the left end. His rushing yards are the second most by a Hokies' QB since Michael Vick's 210 at Boston College in 2000.
Speaking of Tuten, the North Carolina A&T transfer ran for 136 yards on 18 carries and a pair of touchdowns. His longest run of the game was for 41 yards and what makes what the Tech duo did was that Drones averaged 8.8 yards a carry and Tuten 7.6. Teams are going to have a tough time containing them next season if they stay healthy.