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Saturday, December 31, 2011
VT red zone offense critical vs. Michigan

By Heather Dinich

With Virginia Tech's top two kickers at home because of off-field incidents, offensive coordinator Bryan Stinespring said it's even more critical for his team to cash in on its red zone opportunities against Michigan in Tuesday's Allstate Sugar Bowl. That has been a weakness for the entire season, as the Hokies enter the game tied for No. 101 in the country in red zone efficiency. In 64 drives inside the 20-yard line, Virginia Tech has come away with 34 touchdowns and 14 field goals.

"We have confidence in whoever is out there on that field and whatever position that they're in," Stinespring said. "But it also goes along a little bit with us as an offense. This year we have been very good as an offense. But the disappointing aspect of it is ... sometimes we haven't taken advantage of all of our scoring opportunities. So that's something we've continuously addressed throughout the season. And now it becomes even more important."