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Midseason report: Virginia Tech

10/11/2010

Virginia Tech Hokies

Record: 4-2 (2-0 ACC)

Virginia Tech couldn’t have gotten off to a worse start. It's hopes for a national championship dashed by Boise State in a 33-30 loss, the Hokies returned home only to lose to FCS program James Madison five days later. No, the scheduling was not smart, but there weren’t any excuses to be made for the 0-2 hole that dropped the Hokies from a top-10 team to unranked in less than a week. Instead of letting that poor start snowball into a disastrous season, Virginia Tech regrouped and dug out of a 10-0 hole against East Carolina for the 49-27 win. It hasn't lost since, and at 2-0 in league play is once again one of the teams to beat in the ACC.

Despite the return of two 1,000-yard rushers to the backfield, it took five games into the season before the Hokies saw a 100-yard rushing performance. Ryan Williams has missed three straight games with a hamstring injury, but thanks to improved blocking by the offensive line, the Hokies have rediscovered their ability to run.

Offensive MVP, QB Tyrod Taylor: With the 45-21 win against Central Michigan, Taylor won his 27th game as a starter, surpassing Bryan Randall’s previous high of 26 victories. He accounted for 288 of the Hokies’ 394 yards of total offense in that game. He leads the ACC in pass efficiency (156), has completed 61.6 percent of his passes, and is fourth in the ACC in total offense at 238.2 yards per game.

Defensive MVP, DB Jayron Hosley: He leads the ACC in passes defended with nine (five breakups, four interceptions), and his three interceptions at NC State were the difference in the game. He also scored on an 80-yard punt return against Central Michigan with 4:55 left in the game. It tied for the sixth-longest return in school history.