The hot Demon Deacons are a tougher task today after 41 winless years against Tech at home.
KEYS TO THE GAME
- Get pressure on Wake QB Tanner Price and
The Hokies will be without
half of their starting defensive line as pass-rushing end James
Gayle (ankle) didn’t make the trip and DT Antoine
Hopkins (ACL) is out for the season. End J.R. Collins and
others via blitzes will have to apply some heat on Price or else risk
being picked apart by the accurate left-hander. Tech is averaging three
sacks per game.
- Win the rushing battle
outrushed Tech 236-172 last week, but the Hokies survived because of the
sterling performance of QB Logan Thomas, who was 23-for-25 passing for a
career-high 310 yards and three TDs. Can’t bank on that every
week, though. It marked only the 24th time in 87 games under Frank
Beamer in which Tech has lost the rushing category and
- Let TB David Wilson shorten the
Wilson has run for 123 or more yards in all but
one of six games so far, and he leads the ACC in rushing
yards (767). If Tech’s offense can keep the ball — it ranks
fifth in the country in time of possession (35:05)
— it will help a short-handed Hokies defense that was riddled
by 10 long plays that totaled 329 of Miami’s 519 total
yards last week.