Wednesday, October 03, 2007

3 Key Plays - VT vs. UNC

1) Driving down to try and tie the score at 10 in the 3rd quarter, the Tarheels make it to the Hokies 5 yard line. Orion Martin strips the ball from RB Ryan Houston and Kam Chancellor falls on it in the end zone (man you don't even want to know the nastiness that went on at the bottom of that pile) and makes the recovery, thwarting the Tarheels drive.

2) 4 minutes left in the game, Hokies ahead by 7 and Tyrod Taylor who despite struggling miserably in the passing game all day, delivers a perfect strike on 3rd down to ice the game, only to see Josh Morgan drop it. This was key for a few reasons - it showed amazing resilience for a true freshman QB who delivered with the game on the line AND it showed just how underachieving this group of receivers is right now. These are "gotta have" plays and that catch doesn't get any easier. Coach Kevin Sherman the spotlight is on you right now.

3) Final drive, Hokies defense is holding a 7 point lead and tired due to being on the field the entire 2nd half. The Tarheels have 3rd and 2 with just over a minute remaining and Cam Martin comes screaming off the edge to sack Heels QB T.J. Yates. This puts the Heels in 4th and long and they fail to convert. Unlike the offense, with the game on the line, the VT defense was up for the challenge and won the game.

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