BLACKSBURG (WAVY) – Head coach Frank Beamer called Friday night’s 28-13 win a “super-big win.” And reasonably so.
Facing the prospect of a 2-4 hole and the program’s first ever 0-2 start in the ACC, the Hokies (3-3, 1-1) used a 21-point second quarter to top North Carolina State in primetime.
“Yeah it was huge,” said redshirt-senior defensive tackle Luther Maddy. “I don’t think Virginia Tech has ever had an 0-2 start in the ACC, so the coaches, us as leaders, we really emphasized to the other players that [NC State] was a huge game.”
Now the question is, with games against Miami (3-2, 0-1) and Duke (5-1, 2-0) looming, can the Hokies capitalize? Maddy seems to think so.
“It’s definitely the start of a turnaround, but we know from watching film we can be a lot better,” he said.
The biggest turnaround already came from the offense. The Hokies were held to just 100 total yards of offense, turned the ball over three times and allowed seven sacks the previous week in a 17-13 home loss to Pittsburgh. Against the Wolfpack, Tech tallied 358 yards of total offense, quarterback Brenden Motley threw for 158 yards and three touchdowns, and the rushing attack totaled 200 yards.
On top of that, they didn’t turn the ball over. That being said, Maddy pointed out there is still work to do, and still a tough schedule ahead.
“We’re not going to get too high on ourselves, because we know it was just one game. We still another half of the season to play,” said Maddy.