Last Look Back Defense: Virginia Tech

BearcatInsider.com takes a look at UC's defensive performance against Virginia Tech.

Defensive Line

The defensive line did a solid job against the talented Virginia Tech offense on Saturday, sacking Hokies quarterback Logan Thomas once, by senior Walter Stewart, and allowing 171 rushing yards. They did a good job of containing the passing game for the first three quarters, before allowing a few big plays in the fourth. Statistically speaking it wasn't a great game from a sacks or tackles for loss standpoint, but this UC defense has been a bend but don't break type of D all season long. As long as they don't break, I think UC fans will live with the results.

BearcatInsider grade: B

Linebackers

This was the linebacker's game from a statistical standpoint; with Maalik Bomar and Greg Blair each accumulating over 10 tackles each, at 16 and 13 respectively. Virginia Tech wasn't known as a running team on offense, but they did a solid job against the Bearcats D, racking up 171 yards rushing. Once again, little of this can be blamed on the linebackers, as they seemed to be in the right place most of the time, allowing minimal yardage after the Virginia Tech ‘backs made it past the Cincinnati d-line. It was a great overall effort and an encouraging sign of things to come from this group.

BearcatInsider grade: B+

Secondary

Against one of the most, if not THE most, talented quarterback the UC secondary will face all season, they put on perhaps their best performance of the season to date. The veteran-laden group came down with two interceptions, from Arryn Chenault and Camerron Cheatham, and held the Hokie passing attack to one, fourth quarter touchdown pass. Perhaps the biggest play from this group came in the third quarter. With Virginia Tech driving, down 13-7, they looked to have taken the lead on a 8-yard rushing touchdown, only to have it nullified by a holding call. The very next play, Thomas dropped back and looked to hit his tight end over the middle for a touchdown. However, the pass was tipped, and fell into the arms of a diving Arryn Chenault, thwarting a Hokie drive and putting the momentum back in UC's hands. Round of applause to the secondary,well done fellas.

BearcatInsider grade: A


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