Virginia Tech-Maryland: Tuesday Thoughts on the Hokies' Victory

Justin CatesCorrespondent INovember 17, 2009

ORLANDO, FL - DECEMBER 29:  Head coach Ralph Friedgen of the Maryland Terrapins watches his team take on the Purdue Boilermakers in the Champs Sports Bowl at Florida Citrus Bowl December 29, 2006 in Orlando, Florida. Maryland defeated Purdue 24-7.  (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)
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As expected, the Hokies were dominant in their 36-9 drubbing of Maryland Saturday in College Park.

Tech held the advantage in almost every category, including total yards, outgaining the Terrapins 484-236.

Admittedly, Maryland is having an awful season, and they’ve struggled to find much of anything to hang their hats on. The Terps have been riddled with injuries, and it didn’t get any better on Saturday; they lost two more players against the Hokies.

One positive may have come in the loss, if you can imagine: Maryland might have found a decent option at quarterback.

Sophomore Jamarr Robinson made his first career start and accounted for almost all of the Terrapin offense.

Robinson completed just 12 of 32 passes for 104 yards, but he also ran 24 times for 129 yards, serving as the lone bright spot on the day for Ralph Friedgen’s club.

For the Hokies, Tyrod Taylor completed 13 of 23 passes for 268 yards and a career-high three touchdowns. Taylor also ran eight times for 81 yards and overall had a pretty easy day against a miserable Terrapins defense.

Another Hokie with a carefree afternoon was tailback Ryan Williams. The redshirt freshman continued his impressive campaign, rushing 23 times for 126 yards, and now sits just 30 yards shy of the rushing record for Tech freshmen, set last season by Darren Evans.

Next up, the Hokies host North Carolina State next Saturday at 3:30 in Lane Stadium.

State is reeling badly, posting just a 1-5 record in their last six games with the only victory coming over Maryland.

Sophomore Russell Wilson has continued his great play at quarterback, but there isn’t much else going positively in Raleigh.

Wilson has thrown for 2,534 yards, 26 touchdowns, and just 10 interceptions this season for an offense that lacks weapons.

The Hokies’ defense has been heavily criticized this season, and while the numbers are a bit lower than normal, don’t expect State to have much success.

Tech has rounded into form defensively, currently ranked 17th in the nation in total defense and fifth in passing defense, the clear strength of the Wolfpack.

The Hokies are still playing for another 10-win season, but focus will be key in their final two regular season games.

With reaching the ACC championship game no longer a possibility, Tech must clean out the ACC basement and defeat N.C. State and archrival Virginia in addition to winning a bowl game to reach their new goal.