Five takeaways from Virginia Tech football’s win more than Center Tennessee

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BLACKSBURG – Starting up 2- for the fourth time in the final 5 seasons, Virginia Tech soccer turned in a powerful second 50 percent to defeat Middle Tennessee 35-14 at Lane Stadium on Saturday. Beneath are crucial takeaways that propelled the crew to victory.

1. Tech’s floor match excelled. The Hokies accounted for 224 dashing yards Saturday and quite a handful of players stepped up to make it happen, with 4 players owning additional than 30 hurrying yards each individual. Redshirt junior Raheem Blackshear led the working back again space with a group-substantial 53 speeding yards and two touchdowns, averaging 5.3 yards for each have, although redshirt junior Jalen Holston experienced a 29-yard scamper for a landing to get him to 31 complete speeding yards. The quarterback home did its fair share, also, with California native Braxton Burmeister having 52 rushing yards and Texas native Connor Blumrick owning 38 dashing yards and a landing. The group experienced its times of explosive plays, which includes a 33-yarder by Blumrick, Holston’s aforementioned scamper and a Burmeister 18-yard run. The 224 hurrying yards as opposed to the Blue Raiders was just about 100 additional yards than Tech’s past contest (127, UNC).

2. Backup quarterback enjoy was powerful. Burmeister halfway by way of the 1st quarter did a half slide/dive suitable in entrance of a Center Tennessee defender and was hit in the head/neck place on the play. With Burmeister walking off the industry gingerly, redshirt freshman Knox Kadum stepped in and did a fine work by continuing the drive and having the Hokies shut to the purpose line in advance of Burmeister arrived back again in and threw a rather fade to receiver Tayvion Robinson for the landing. Kadum, who performed in just one video game very last time (Clemson, Dec. 5), would finish up going 3 for 4 for 17 yards in the air. The other backup quarterback who acquired some time Saturday was Blumrick, who usually will come in for functioning cases – a la wildcat-style plays. The Texas A&M transfer would run it 3 instances and finish up with 38 yards on the ground. He nearly had two touchdowns, with acquiring tackled at the one-lawn line on the longest operate so considerably of his Tech profession (33 yards). His initially a single to pay out grime was a two-lawn QB electricity perform out of shotgun even though faking the jet sweep to Robinson.

3. Cornerback Jermaine Waller is playing at an elite stage. Immediately after battling as a result of accidents very last period and not seeing the field as substantially as he would’ve appreciated, Waller certain has produced his presence felt this calendar year, with previously owning two interceptions and 12 tackles (7 solo). The Washington, D.C. indigenous got a decide past week towards then-No. 10 North Carolina and 1 Saturday, producing him the initial Hokie to get an interception in consecutive game titles due to the fact protection Divine Deablo (Clemson, Virginia 2019).

4. Exclusive groups are coming along. Head coach Justin Fuente mentioned in his weekly push conference final Monday main up to MTSU that he wasn’t extremely happy with how small specific groups created momentum-modifying performs a year ago, as effectively as as opposed to the Tar Heels. So, he predicted that would improve starting as opposed to the Blue Raiders and his assessment was proper. The greatest of the unique teams times arrived in the 2nd quarter, when Robinson caught a punt return at Tech’s very own six-lawn line and took it 59 yards right before obtaining tackled. Ironically enough, the Hokies only had a complete of 66 punt returns yards final period (11 video games). Then Keshawn King also experienced a extensive return, with this one getting a kickoff return, but it acquired called back again because of to keeping. So, with Robinson and King demonstrating flashes of what is to occur in the return game, it need to bode very well for the potential in that realm.

5. Protection not permitting huge plays. Typically when upsets come about compared to ranked foes there are some defining performs from the underdog that are the haymakers to knock down Goliath. But on Saturday, the Blue Raiders unsuccessful to have any chunk performs as the Hokies held anything in entrance of them, with the longest play of the working day for MTSU remaining no additional than 27 yards. Against the Tar Heels, Tech surrendered only one perform in excess of 30 yards, a 37-property go from preseason ACC Participant of the Year Sam Howell. So by means of two game titles less than defensive coordinator Justin Hamilton in 2021, the Hokies have not enable the massive performs haunt them.

STATS WITH SALAS

The Far more the Merrier 
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The 67 players that took the discipline against Center Tennessee ties for the 2nd most in the Fuente-era with the East Carolina activity in 2017. Seventy players saw motion in opposition to William & Mary in 2018.

Miscues Unusual
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So much in 2021, the Hokies have fully commited just 5 penalties. This is the fewest penalties to get started the period given that 2016.

2016: 12-128 yds
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2017: 7-44 yds
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2018: 7-75 yds
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2019: 10-85 yds
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2020: 8-60 yds
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2021: 5-55 yds