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Monday, September 6, 2010
Keys to the game

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com

LANDOVER, Md. -- The teams are on the field warming up, and the Hokies are in their new Nike Pro Combat uniforms. In a word? Scary. It looks like Halloween came early. The orange looks it belongs on a traffic cone. But that's not important. Their defense is. Here's a look at three keys to the game for the Hokies:

1. Disrupt quarterback Kellen Moore: It's not going to be easy to do. He's poised, and his receivers are good at making adjustments. Virginia Tech defensive coordinator Bud Foster is confident in his defensive line but like the rest of the defense, new faces have yet to be tested like this. Moore was second in the nation last year in passing efficiency and threw 39 touchdown passes last year. He compeleted 64.3 percent of his passes with just three interceptions.

2. Control the clock. Virginia Tech will have a size advantage up front and needs to use it. The Broncos are most susceptible on their defensive interior. The Hokies could make some use out of two-back sets, and they've certainly got the talent to do that. Run it up the gut as long as it works. And when it does? ...

3. Take advantage of a loaded box. Boise State is going to have to respect Virginia Tech's running game, which should free up some opportunities for quarterback Tyrod Taylor. The Hokies have five or six receivers he can throw it to, and when Boise State puts eight defenders in the box to try and slow Darren Evans and/or Ryan Williams, Taylor needs to make use of them.