Virginia Tech vs William & Mary Live Stream Watch Online Virginia football is looking to avoid a NCAAF College Football hangover against William & Mary vs Virginia Tech in Week 2 and here’s everything you need to know about the matchup TV Channel.
19 Florida State on Monday night, you were in the minority. The Hokies looked like one of the teams to beat in the ACC, going on the road to take down a talented team, on paper, in the Seminoles.
Josh Jackson had a decent showing, going 16-for-26 for 207 yards and two touchdowns, but it was the Hokies’ defense that stole the show.
In fact, Virginia Tech’s defense held Florida State to just 327 total yards of offense and only three points. That’s right, the Hokies held the Seminoles out of the end zone on their home field to start the Willie Taggart era — that’s not a simple feat.
William & Mary is next up on the schedule and head coach Justin Fuente will have his guys ready to go. The run game will need to step up more after averaging 2.8 yards per carry but beating the Tribe should be a walk in the park.
Josh Jackson needs to gain some confidence and go turnover-less for the second straight game. However, he’s not the biggest key, that actually falls on the run game. In order to establish itself as one of the premier teams in the ACC, the Hokies will need to average more than 2.8 yards per touch. Establish the run and the aerial attack will take care of itself.
Defensively, just repeating the performance the Hokies had against Florida State will work wonders against this iffy William & Mary offense.
No one is giving William & Mary a chance, and for good reason. The Tribe went 2-9 in 2017 but they did win their first game, but in order to have a chance in this one, they’ll need to find their offense. They scored just 14 points against Bucknell and that won’t work against Virginia Tech. The key here is simple: find the end zone early and often. Easier said than done.
Remember the last time Virginia Tech won a big prime-time game on Labor Day? Yeah. JMU happened.
That was back in 2010, and you might not remember this part, but it wasn’t even a good JMU team that shocked the world with that 21-16 win in Lane Stadium.
The Dukes would get out to a 3-0 start, but then wilt, losing four straight at one point on their way to a middling 6-5 finish.
This is relevant in the context of this weekend’s Virginia Tech-William & Mary matchup.The Tribe (1-0) was picked 11th in the 12-team CAA in the preseason, coming off a 2-9 season a year ago.
William & Mary did get a nice road win in its opener this past weekend, a 14-7 final over Bucknell.
The issue for the Hokies (1-0) is twofold: the short week, after the 24-3 win at Florida State on Monday night, and coming down off the high of beating down FSU on national TV.
The offense did its job in the win. Josh Jackson avoided the big mistake, throwing for 207 yards, completing 16 of his 26 pass attempts, with two touchdowns.
Deshawn McClease (13 carries, 77 yards) and Steven Peoples (13 carries, 44 yards) anchored the run game.Eric Kumah (4 catches, 86 yards, 1 TD) put up big numbers through the air. Jackson connected on passes to seven different Hokie receivers.
The story of the FSU win was defense and special teams. The Hokies limited the ‘Noles to 327 total yards and forced five turnovers, and kept them out of the end zone.The special teams contributed to the bottom line, blocking an FSU punt for a second-quarter touchdown.
For William & Mary, the win at Bucknell was also about defense, as the Tribe limited the Bison to just one score and 257 total yards. Additionally, the Tribe forced two turnovers and held BU to just 11 first downs.
After missing nearly the entire 2017 season due to injury, senior wideout DeVonte Dedmon made a tremendous return to lead the offense and recorded 125 receiving yards, highlighted by a 75-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter to help secure the victory.