Posted on: November 5, 2010 12:01 am
Edited on: November 5, 2010 12:05 am
Posted by Chip Patterson
With the return of Ryan Williams to the Virginia Tech backfield, sophomore running back David Wilson knew he would need to make the most of his few opportunities with the ball. Pushed back to third-string again, Wilson made the most of every touch. But no touch was quite as important as the 90-yard kick return for the winning touchdown with 2:23 left in the game. It was the only way to answer the 9 play, 80 yard drive by a crippled Georgia Tech offense.
One particular aspect of the Georgia Tech option-based offense is that it does not rely too heavily on any particular player. Which is why when starting quarterback Josh Nesbitt left the game after injuring his arm attempting to make a tackle, the Yellow Jackets were far from done. Nesbitt has been the center of Paul Johnson's offensive scheme for most of his career, but Thursday night called for backup Tevin Washington to step in for the second half. After he put together that drive in the fourth quarter to tie the game at 21, all momentum was swinging the way of the Jackets.
But Lane Stadium erupted as Wilson broke free up the left side, accelerating past the Yellow Jackets coverage and right into the end zone. The Hokies were able to secure the 28-21 win and improve to a perfect 5-0 in conference play. But what shook the Coastal Division the most may have been the news on injured quarterback Josh Nesbitt. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution is reporting that Nesbitt is out for the season with a broken right forearm. If there is any good news for the Yellow Jackets, Nesbitt believes that he would be able to play in a bowl game. Otherwise, Thursday night was a narrow escape for the Hokies, and a terrible twist in an already disappointing season for the Yellow Jackets.
Posted on: October 10, 2010 1:07 am
Edited on: October 10, 2010 2:09 am
Posted by Chip Patterson
1. Florida State Is In The ACC Driver's Seat - Everyone seemed to bail on the Seminoles after getting run by the Sooners, but Florida State is actually sitting pretty well after steamrolling the Hurricanes 45-17 in Miami. The FSU committee-style running game continues to succeed, with the Seminoles racking up 298 yards rushing against Miami. Jermaine Thomas rushed 16 times for 78 yards and two touchdowns while sophomore Chris Thompson added 14 carries for 158 yards and a touchdown. The Seminoles may not be the air-attack that was projected before the season, but they are still dangerous.
2. No Reason To Panic In Raleigh - Emotions run high the N.C. State fan base, and as great as things looked before the Virginia Tech game, the Hokies did their best to pop the Wolfpack's balloon with their 41-30 come from behind victory. But no need for worry, the Wolfpack are right back on track with their 44-17 rout of Boston College on Saturday. Russell Wilson was grooving, completing 38 of 51 passes for 328 yards and three touchdowns. No worries, one home loss does not mean N.C. State is still not a dangerous threat in the ACC.
3. The Tar Heels' Unlikely Hero - North Carolina running back Johnny White's journey has taken him all over the field for the Tar Heels in his career. White has lined up at running back, wide receiver, defensive back, and on the coverage team in his tenure at Chapel Hill. In the midst of NCAA investigation-related suspensions, White has emerged as one of the cornerstones of the North Carolina team at starting running back. White continued his run in the 21-16 victory against Clemson with 89 yards rushing and 90 yards receiving with two touchdowns. White was not expected to contribute like he has, but the senior has stepped up in tumultuous times for the Heels.
4. Virginia Tech's BCS Hopes Are Not Dead - Another team that got written off early, the Virginia Tech Hokies are still alive after falling out of the polls early in the season. With a 2-0 conference record, the Hokies are still at the top of the ACC, competing for a spot in the Orange Bowl. After last week's comeback win against N.C. State and the 45-21 deconstruction of Central Michigan, VT has the confidence back to step up and reclaim their spot among the nations elite. No Ryan Williams has been no problem for Beamer's crew, with Darren Evans and David Wilson rising to the occasion in his absence.
Posted on: September 30, 2010 8:39 pm
Posted by Adam Jacobi
Those wondering about the availability of Virginia Tech's all-conference tailback Ryan Williams may wonder no further; the all-conference tailback was ruled out of his second straight game by the Hokies today as Williams continues to recover from a hamstring injury.
Hamstring injuries have a nasty habit of lingering for indefinite amounts of time, and aside from trying to help the healing process along with therapy like ultrasound stimulation, it really does come down to nothing more than patience and careful monitoring.
Fortunately, though, there may be no position in all of college football where a certain team has an embarrassment of riches than Virginia Tech has at running back. Even without Williams, Virginia Tech can depend on Darren Evans (2nd team all-ACC rusher as a freshman) and David Wilson (Virginia Tech's most productive rusher this season). Considering QB Tyrod Taylor and FB Josh Oglesby are both still healthy, the Virginia Tech backfield is still one of the most formidable in the nation.
Posted on: September 18, 2010 4:47 pm
Edited on: September 18, 2010 5:16 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli
It may have taken three weeks, but the Virginia Tech Hokies are finally on the board with their first win of the season. While it probably doesn't completely remove the sting of last week's embarrassing loss to James Madison -- or the accompanying t-shirt -- it surely helps bring Hokie Nation back in off the ledge a bit.
What had been a back and forth first half in Blacksburg quickly turned into Virginia Tech domination in the second half, as the Hokies dominated the game's final 30 minutes, outscoring East Carolina 28-3 after halftime. The Pirates did extend their halftime lead to 27-21 before the Hokies just took over.
With the Hokies missing Ryan Williams, David Wilson stepped right in and took over, scoring the touchdown that gave Virginia Tech a 28-27 lead, and they never looked back. A few minutes later Wilson found the end zone again to extend the lead to 35-27.
Rashad Carmichael provided the final nail in the coffin early in the fourth quarter when he picked off a Dominique Davis pass and took it back 68 yards to the house. Carmichael would strike again later, picking off another Davis pass. On the very next play Tyrod Taylor hit Jarrett Boykin for a 69-yard touchdown to make it 49-27.
After that all the Hokies had to do was run out the clock.
Of course, while finally getting on the board with a victory is nice for Frank Beamer and the Hokies, there still could be some bad news when we find out how bad Ryan Williams' hamstring injury is. Though Darren Evans and David Wilson did fill in quite nicely, finishing with a combined 165 yards and three touchdowns.