Virginia Tech Football: 3 takeaways from dominating Military Bowl win over Tulane

The Virginia Tech football team closed out the season with a dominating win over Tulane in the Military Bowl. Here are three takeaways from the 41-20 victory.
Military Bowl presented by - Virginia Tech v Tulane
Military Bowl presented by - Virginia Tech v Tulane / Greg Fiume/GettyImages
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Virginia Tech's defense was tough

Tulane scored 20 points, but both of their touchdowns were set up by Virginia Tech fumbles. In fact, the first touchdown of the game was scored when Drones dropped the ball dropping back on third down in the first quarter and Tulane's Tyler Grubbs had a scoop and score.

The other Green Wave touchdown in the third quarter came after the Hokies fumble the ball on a pass play and Tulane's quarterback Kai Horton avoided a sack, turned and ran the opposite way for a touchdown to tie the game 17-17. That was the extent of the Tulane touchdowns as they had to settle for a pair of field goals.

Virginia Tech's Pheladrius Payne forced a fumble at the Hokies goal line in the second quarter that Antwaun Powell-Ryland recovered and then in the fourth quarter, Mansoor Delane recovered a fumble near midfield after a big hit on a pass completion. A very good group over the final two months, they once again were up to the challenge in bad weather against a good offense that had plenty of talent despite several opt-outs.