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Study Hall: Virginia Tech 17, Georgia Tech 10

Kevin C. Cox

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Virginia Tech 17, Georgia Tech 10

VT GT VT GT
Close % 100.0% STANDARD DOWNS
Field Position % 50.0% 34.9% Success Rate 47.2% 36.4%
Leverage % 69.2% 66.7% PPP 0.63 0.27
S&P 1.104 0.630
TOTAL
EqPts 25.7 22.6 PASSING DOWNS
Close Success Rate 36.5% 34.9% Success Rate 12.5% 31.8%
Close PPP 0.49 0.34 PPP 0.18 0.49
Close S&P 0.859 0.691 S&P 0.308 0.813
RUSHING TURNOVERS
EqPts 6.8 10.9 Number 0 3
Close Success Rate 16.0% 41.5% Turnover Pts 0.0 8.7
Close PPP 0.27 0.27 Turnover Pts Margin +8.7 -8.7
Close S&P 0.433 0.681
Line Yards/carry 1.94 2.32 Q1 S&P 1.374 0.869
Q2 S&P 0.879 0.805
PASSING Q3 S&P 0.672 0.828
EqPts 18.9 11.7 Q4 S&P 0.666 0.310
Close Success Rate 55.6% 24.0%
Close PPP 0.70 0.47 1st Down S&P 0.978 0.602
Close S&P 1.254 0.707 2nd Down S&P 0.907 0.906
SD/PD Sack Rate 9.1% / 0.0% 0.0% / 25.0% 3rd Down S&P 0.481 0.666
Projected Pt. Margin: Virginia Tech +11.8 | Actual Pt. Margin: Virginia Tech +7

Virginia Tech beat Georgia Tech in the way that everybody tries to: Win in field position, prevent big plays, swarm in the passing game, and make them drive the length of the field, three yards at a time. The Hokies got just enough offense in the first half to get that done even though they still can't run the ball to save their collective life. I mean, just wretched running numbers; and while the passing game was pretty successful overall ... look at the passing downs numbers.

VT did a nice job of giving Logan Thomas easy throws on standard downs, but when things fell behind schedule, the drive was over. Easy throws are lovely, but they only really work if an opponent has any reason to fear the run. Georgia Tech realized it didn't in the second quarter, and that was just about the end of the Virginia Tech offense.