Season recap: Virginia Tech 5 factors

This is measured by the average starting field position in yards from the opponent’s goal line. If you start offensively with the ball alone at 25 yards, you are 75 yards from the end zone. In general, and this is obvious to the captain, the closer you can start attacking at the opponent’s goal line, the better you will be and the more your opponent will start from your own goal line, the better you will be.

It comes down to the whole “it’s hard for a college offense to consistently drive down the field or generate big plays that lead to points” thing.

The Hokies were average in this department on offense. They started averaging 71.6 yards from their opponent’s goal line, so it’s roughly around the 28 or 29 yard line. This is the middle of the road. Using UNC for comparison again, they started an average of 70.4 yards from their opponent’s goal line, about a yard short. Not decisively better by any means.

Defensively, hockey was very good. Their opponents started averaging 73.1 yards from the VT goal line.

Virginia Tech’s problem offensively was execution from their field position. They only gained 33.3% of their available yards for the season, which was 122nd in the country. On the other hand, UNC gained 58.4% of its available yards for the season, 13th in the country. The Heels started about 1 yard down on average but gained 25% more yards available than the Hokies. This is decisively better.

One game where this made a big difference for VT was the Boston College game. Technology helped early on Armani Chatman Interception to create a short run early score drive. For that game, the Hokies averaged 62.2 yards from the BC goal line, nearly their own 38-yard line.

Meanwhile, Boston College’s kickoff spot averaged 77.1 yards from the VT goal line, so it returned about 23. In that game, Virginia Tech had already held BC territory three times. BC took backup inside the 20-yard line three times.

The opposite can be said for the Miami game. Tech started averaging 81.3 yards from Miami’s goal line in that game, so basically inside their own 20. Miami’s starting field center averaged 74.2 yards from the VT goal line. This isn’t much better, but it got the job done in a very tough match.

The other notable game here was, of course, NC State, shooting two slate games BlackBerry opportunity Backed up the Hokies on their possessions as they desperately needed a start with a good field position.

NC State finished that game with an average starting field position of 68.3 yards from the VT goal line, while the Hokies started with an average of 78.7 yards from the VT goal line. In a one-point game like this, the 10-yard difference was key.

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