Virginia Tech moved up two spots in the AP polls to No. 11 after beating Marshall on the road, 30-10. Junior running back David WIlson rushed for 132 yards on a career-high 26 carries and scored a touchdown. Wilson now has 516 yards and five TDs through four games this season for an average of 129 yards per game.
Quarterback Logan Thomas, making his fourth career start, continued to show signs of progress as he completed 22 of 33 passes for 229 yards. He didn’t get a touchdown pass, but he did rush for one.
The play of the game, however, was when the Herd blocked an extra point and appeared to be on their way to converting a two-point conversion when Virginia Tech’s fourth string quarterback Trey Gresh (the holder on extra points) chased Marshall’s defender down and tripped him up before he made it to the end zone.
The Hokies improved to 4-0 for the first time since the 2006-2007 season when Tech beat Northeastern, UNC, Duke and Cincinnati before losing its fifth game to No. 24 Georgia Tech in Lane Stadium. The Hokies were ranked No. 11 for that game.
Tech’s offense played well, racking up 444 yards and scoring four rushing TDs. The offensive line did give up seven tackles for loss for 20 yards and at times, there were three or four Marshall defenders meeting Tech’s running backs in the backfield as they received the handoff.
The Hokies’ defense continued to dominate against the run, allowing just 6 yards to the Herd. They gave up some big passing yards, but as usual, defensive coordinator Bud Foster’s “bend don’t break” defense only yielded 10 points, all in the first half.
In fact, through four games, Foster lunch pail defense has given up only 16 points in the second halves of those games. Thirteen of those points came in the first game against Appalachian State when Tech’s second (third and fourth team) defense gave up 13 points well after the game was in hand. Through the last three games, Foster’s revitalized unit has only give up a field goal in the second halves.
Next up for the Hokies is a surprising Clemson team that is coming off consecutive wins against No. 21 Auburn and No. 11 Florida State. The Tigers, however, have never won three straight games against ranked oponents, but they will come in on a quite a roll against a Hokies team that has struggled at times the last three games against far lesser opponents.
Kickoff is this Saturday, Oct. 1, at 6 p.m. in Lane Stadium. The game will be televised on ESPN2.