Cincinnati 35, Virginia Tech 31: 5 Thoughts On The Military Bowl

Cincinnati 35, Virginia Tech 31: 5 Thoughts On The Military Bowl

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Cincinnati 35, Virginia Tech 31: 5 Thoughts On The Military Bowl

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4. Where was the Hokie pressure?

The pass rush fell off the map this season. The defense that came up with 101 tackles for loss last season – and 113 in 2016 – managed just 80 this season.

And zero against Cincinnati.

The Bearcat offensive line was terrific all season long for the ground game as well as in pass protection, and it was a rock against the Virginia Tech defensive front.

The Hokies didn’t come up with a sack, didn’t generate a tackle for loss, and barely managed any quarterback pressures on the the Bearcat quarterbacks. Not that it mattered that much – the UC QBs weren’t great – but the lack of plays behind the line really, really hurt …

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