Big Pass Plays Make The Difference

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The one thing that stuck out most to me while watching the game from the sidelines was the play of the Virginia secondary. I thought they could have played more aggressively and they also should have been paying more attention to their pre-snap reads. The only wide receiver Virginia Tech had that could stretch the field was Eddie Royal in my opinion. The Virginia Tech receivers were also tipping their hats when they would line up before the snap of the ball. For example, when the Tech receivers were going to run a comeback route, which they ran every time they needed a first down, the Tech receivers would line up tighter than usual.

Once the Virginia defensive backs noticed this happening they should have made an adjustment and made a play on the ball. When Royal caught his first post route in the first quarter, Vic Hall had great coverage but just misjudged the ball. He tried to go for the interception but by doing so he failed to realize that the quarterback was throwing with the wind to his back.

The post route that Royal caught before the end of the half was just a great call by the offense. Tech came out with twin receivers to the right and Royal was singled up on the left side of the formation in the boundary. Virginia was mixing it up by playing Cover 3 and Man Free coverage most of the second quarter. Once the free safety, Byron Glaspy, saw twins to one side, he favored that side, which left Royal one on one on the backside. By the time he noticed what Tech was trying do, Royal had already got inside leverage and Glennon threw a perfect strike to complete the pass. Once again the defensive back for Virginia has good coverage (I think it was Hall again) but he was looking to Jamaal Jackson , the safety in that third of the field, for post help, but the help was just a second too late.

The last big pass play that sealed the game for Tech was the 32-yard streak pass to Josh Hyman against Chris Cook . This was just a flat out go route that Glennon threw up under heavy pressure and his receiver made a play on the ball. Cook was in good position and was on the