First quarter: Cincinnati 7, Virginia Tech 0
MIAMI -- This isn't the defensive struggle most people expected.
The score is only 7-0, but that's because there have been two missed field goals. Both teams are moving the ball in large chunks. Virginia Tech's big-play ability has been the most surprising aspect thus far, as the Hokies already have seven plays of 10 yards or more. Tyrod Taylor has got Cincinnati on its heels with his ability to scramble and keep his eyes upfield to make throws on the run.
The Bearcats have spread out Virginia Tech's defense by frequently using five-wide sets and the no-huddle. Tony Pike has been under center only once by my count, and his favorite target has been Mardy Gilyard, who has catches for 37 and 39 yards. He also has the game's only score, a nifty reception on the left side of the end zone for 16 yards.
Still, Cincinnati has to be concerned by its inability to contain Virginia Tech's offense. Taylor's passing ability is only going to open things up for the power running game and Darren Evans later on.