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Sadly, the 2004 college football season is over. Now begins the long, arduous off-season, full of off-the-field news, most of which seems to be bad. Before we start that trek, though, let's take a look at the Hokie football statistics from 2004 and see where the team and the players ranked nationally and in the ACC.
The defense was the highlight of this Hokie season, but in perusing the stats, we find that the offense did surprisingly well, at least in the ACC.
Total Offense, Rush Offense, Pass Offense: VT's top-half ACC rankings, and the fact that those same rankings are poor nationally, reflects upon the ACC offenses, and how bad they were this year. The ACC rushing offenses were decent, but the passing offenses were horrible (example: VT was middle-of-the-pack in passing yardage in the ACC, but #80 out of 117 nationally). VT's pass efficiency rating, 1st in the ACC, was a surprise, and a testament to Bryan Randall's high TD/INT ratio (21 TDs, 9 INTs).
Scoring Offense (30.8 ppg): The Hokies were #1 in the ACC in scoring offense going into the bowls, but Miami scored 27 points against Florida to eke out the Hokies in this category, 31.7 ppg to 30.8 ppg.
Total Defense (268 ypg): NC State (221.4 ypg) had the best defense in the ACC and the nation, by far. Nationally, Alabama was a distant second to NCSU with 245.5 yards per game given up. The Hokies were #2 in the ACC to NCSU in pass defense and pass efficiency defense, as well.
Scoring Defense (12.8 ppg): VT led this category in the ACC by 1.3 points, besting #2 FSU (14.1 ppg). Nationally, the Hokies ended up #2, trailing only Auburn (11.3 ppg).
Turnover Margin (+1.00): This stat was a big key to the Hokies' success this year. In the ACC, Miami beat out VT with +1.17 (#5 nationally). NC State, despite the great defense, was last in the ACC with a TO margin of (-1.55) per game, which is why the Pack sat at home during bowl season this year. USC led the nation at +1.46.
Sacks (34): Although 6th in the ACC doesn't sound good, the leader (Clemson) only had 40 sacks on the season ... but remember, VT played one game more than every other bowl team in the ACC and two games more than every non-bowl team in the league. Interesting stat: Despite racking up 10 sacks against VT, the NC State Wolfpack finished 7th in the league with just 33 sacks in 11 games.
Sacks Against (36): In the ACC, only Duke (39) gave up more sacks. NC State (31) and Maryland (30) were the only other teams in the ACC to give up 30 or more, but remember, VT played two games more than both those non-bowl teams.
Net Punting (34.0 ypp): Boasting senior punter Vinnie Burns and a great reputation for special teams, the Hokies didn't deliver in this area. We'll take a look later at where Burns finished nationally in punting average.
Rushing: Wow, VT's leading rusher isn't even in the top 75 nationally.
Pass Efficiency: Bryan Randall is #4 in the ACC, but the team is #1, thanks to Sean Glennon's insane figure of 237.5 (8-of-11, 137 yards, 2 TDs, 0 INTs) versus his fellow backups around the league. The pass efficiency rankings in the ACC are very tight, both team-wise and individual-wise.
Scoring and Field Goals: Brandon Pace had a very good year (21-27 on field goals, for 77%), production-wise, but his rep as a clutch kicker is non-existent, thanks to the misses against NC State and Auburn.
Interceptions and Passes Defensed: More props for Jimmy Williams (19 PDs). Williams is listed 12th by the NCAA in this category, because they rank it in PDs per game, but if you sort on total PDs, he is #3 behind only Brandon Payne of New Mexico (23) and Gabe Franklin of Boise State (21).
Tackles: Mikal Baaqee's total of 71 tackles was the lowest team-leading total for the Hokies since Wooster Pack (70) in 1991 -- and Pack did it in just 11 games, while Baaqee took 13 games to get his total. Baaqee's total is the second-lowest to lead the team since VT started keeping the stat in 1974. That's interesting, since this is one of the better VT defenses we've seen.
Sacks and Tackles for
Loss: Statistically, only Shawn Merriman of Maryland rivaled Tapp as the
best defensive end in the ACC ... and Merriman has declared for the draft. NC
State's Mario Williams (a sophomore) and Manny Lawson (a junior) are the only
other DEs in the ACC that are in Tapp's league, so to speak.
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