Cavs’ Defense Struggles Against Taylor, Hokies

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While the 17-14 loss to the Hokies wasn’t exactly the defensive stalemate it was predicted to be, Virginia’s defense made its mark on the outcome of the game, for better or worse.

Byron Glaspy tallied 15tackles in the loss to Virginia Tech.

The game was not ultimately as close as the box score would indicate as Virginia Tech’s recently weak offense ultimately dictated the outcome of this game. The Hokies dominated the time of possession by holding the ball for 35:33 and tallying 24 first downs. But as porous as Virginia’s defense looked at times, it just as convincingly held the Hokies in their tracks at others.

Repeatedly holding VT with what looked like a ‘bend don’t break’ defense, the Hoos allowed 392 yards of total offense but only 17 points. Virginia Tech was allowed to march down the field with authority before the Hoos finally turned the hosts away in the red zone. On four separate drives, the Cavs denied the Hokies any points in the red zone, including a missed field goal.

No member of the defense had a bigger day than Byron Glaspy, playing in his final game as a Cavalier. Glaspy anchored the defense, piling up 15 tackles, an interception, and a pass-break up (on third down to end a drive). Glaspy’s interception of Sean Glennon ‘s pass stopped one of Virginia Tech’s longest drives at the end of the first half.

Despite some big stops in pressure situations, however, Virginia’s defense on the whole struggled mightily on third down against the Hokies, allowing 9 of 16 (56%) third down conversions. The inability to get off the field may have been the Cavaliers’ undoing as a visibly tired defense couldn’t come up with a key play as Virginia Tech used a short field to score the game-winning field goal.

At intermission, Virginia’s offense had only run 21 plays compared to the Hokies’ 43, suggesting that the Cavs’ defense had been on the field for a