|SUN BOWL - Sun Bowl Stadium - El Paso, TX |
|Last 3 Games||2-1||-4.6||1-2||2-1||27.3||17.0||392.3||(5.4)||0.7||19.0||11.3||318.7||(5.2)||1.7|
|Offense (All Games)||23.4||13.2||18.0||33:08||38-118||(3.1)||19-33||57.6%||241||(7.3)||71-359||(5.1)||(15.3)|
|Opponents Defensive Avg.||26.8||13.7||20.3||30:22||39-167||(4.3)||19-32||58.5%||227||(7.1)||71-394||(5.5)||(14.7)|
|Offense Road Games||21.2||14.2||17.3||32:45||35-104||(2.9)||19-33||57.1%||255||(7.8)||68-360||(5.3)||(17)|
|Defense (All Games)||17.4||9.7||14.1||26:52||34-104||(3)||13-28||47.4%||166||(6)||62-270||(4.3)||(15.5)|
|Opponents Offensive Avg.||30.4||16.6||20.4||30:38||39-174||(4.5)||18-31||59.7%||229||(7.5)||69-403||(5.8)||(13.3)|
|Defense Road Games||19.8||10.8||13.7||27:15||33-101||(3.1)||13-27||49.4%||167||(6.2)||60-268||(4.5)||(13.5)|
|Last 3 Games||2-1||+1.6||2-1||2-1||36.3||18.0||402.0||(5.7)||1.0||27.7||19.7||398.0||(5.5)||2.3|
|Offense (All Games)||36.5||17.7||23.4||29:25||44-197||(4.5)||21-30||68.5%||252||(8.3)||74-448||(6)||(12.3)|
|Opponents Defensive Avg.||29.2||14.8||21.2||30:08||38-174||(4.5)||21-35||59.4%||245||(7)||73-419||(5.7)||(14.3)|
|Offense Road Games||27.5||13.3||20.2||30:09||46-188||(4.1)||18-27||65.2%||200||(7.3)||73-388||(5.3)||(14.1)|
|Defense (All Games)||24.1||13.3||22.9||30:34||43-170||(4)||21-33||62.7%||221||(6.6)||76-391||(5.1)||(16.3)|
|Opponents Offensive Avg.||31.4||17||22.3||30:49||42-192||(4.6)||20-33||61.2%||245||(7.4)||75-437||(5.8)||(13.9)|
|Defense Road Games||25.7||12.0||23.0||29:51||43-187||(4.3)||20-32||61.7%||218||(6.8)||76-405||(5.4)||(15.8)|
|Average power rating of opponents played: VIRGINIA TECH 37.4, UCLA 39.9|
|11/2/2013||@ BOSTON COLLEGE||27-34||L||-3.5||L||40.5||O||29-55||24-41-391||4||42-196||11-14-93||0|
|12/31/2013||*UCLA|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/31/2013||*VIRGINIA TECH|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|VIRGINIA TECH: The Hokies are coming off their worst campaign in two decades (7-6). The offense ranked 83rd in the nation in both yards (377 YPG) and points (25.1 PPG), and is hoping new OC Scot Loeffler can work miracles with erratic QB Logan Thomas (51% completions, 2,976 pass yds, 18 TD, 16 INT). Both starting OTs and top three receivers are gone, but the Hokies do get back senior WR D.J. Coles (480 rec. yds in 2011) who missed last year with a knee injury. Top RB J.C. Coleman (492 rush yds, 4.5 YPC) returns, but he gained 50 rushing yards just once in 2012. The excellent defense (333 YPG, 18th in FBS; 99 TFL, T-9th in FBS) is loaded again. DE James Gayle (5 sacks) and LB Jack Tyler (119 tackles) headline a fierce front seven. The secondary may struggle until CB Antone Exum (5 INT) returns from a torn ACL suffered in January.|
|UCLA: Despite a three-game losing skid to end the year, Jim Mora Jr. has to be praised for his 9-5 first season with UCLA. The offense improved to 467 YPG (24th in FBS) thanks to QB Brett Hundley (3,470 pass yds, 29 TD, 11 INT; 355 rush yds, 9 TD). The sophomore won't have RB Johnathan Franklin, but plenty of talent still exists with RBs Jordon James (419 total yds), Malcolm Jones (313 rush yds career) and freshman Paul Perkins. Hundley has exciting targets in WRs Shaquelle Evans (877 rec. yds, 3 TD) and freshman Devin Fuller, but the O-Line can't let him absorb another 52 sacks (2nd-most in FBS). The scoring defense improved to 58th in FBS (27.6 PPG), from 94th in 2011 (31.4 PPG). An elite linebacker trio of Anthony Barr (13.5 sacks, 83 tackles, 4 FF), Eric Kendricks (149 tackles, 3 FR, 2 TD) and Jordan Zumwalt (70 tackles) is the heart of the 3-4 scheme. The secondary is green, but still better than most.|
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER COLLEGE FOOTBALL PREVIEW (VIRGINIA TECH-UCLA) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Virginia Tech-UCLA Preview* ============================
By NICOLINO DIBENEDETTO STATS Writer
Virginia Tech (8-4) at No. 17 UCLA (9-3), 2:00 p.m. EDT
Jim Mora has UCLA on the cusp of its best season in eight years, and that's precisely why the Bruins want him around for the long term.
Frank Beamer's tenure at Virginia Tech has yielded the longest active streak of bowl appearances for a coach.
With Mora reaffirming his commitment to the No. 17 Bruins, he'll try to lead them to their first postseason win in four years on New Year's Eve in their first meeting with Beamer and the Hokies in the Sun Bowl.
UCLA (9-3) is on the verge of winning 10 games for the first time since going 10-2 in 2005. That was also the last time it finished among the Top 25, ranking 16th.
The Bruins fell just short of reaching double-digit victories last year, losing 49-26 to Baylor in the Holiday Bowl to cap Mora's first season at the helm with a three-game losing streak.
He's planning to remain in Los Angeles for a while. Mora signed a six-year contract extension in early December that UCLA may be hoping quells interest from high-profile programs with openings.
That hasn't quite happened, however, as Mora has been mentioned as a potential replacement for Mack Brown at Texas. He's refuted the link.
"Rumors. It's flattering," Mora said. "I think it says a lot about our program and the direction we're heading, but I am very, very, very extremely delightfully happy to be the head coach at UCLA, and want to be for a very long time."
With Mora staying, that could increase the chance of quarterback Brett Hundley returning for his junior season.
Hundley leads the Pac-12 with a 67.8 completion percentage, throwing for 2,845 yards with 22 touchdowns and nine interceptions. He's been picked off once while tossing eight scoring passes over the past five games.
Hundley also leads the team with 587 rushing yards and nine touchdowns. He reached the end zone twice with his legs Nov. 30 in leading the Bruins to a 35-14 win over then-No. 23 Southern California in the regular-season finale.
Hundley ran 13 times for 80 yards, adding 208 more while completing 18 of 27 passes.
UCLA, though, has struggled to protect Hundley, who has been sacked 33 times, second-most in the conference.
Limiting the activity in the backfield may be difficult since Virginia Tech (8-4) leads the ACC in sacks (37) and ranks among the nation's top 10 against the rush (103.8 yards per game), the pass (168.5) and in interceptions (19).
The Hokies' success isn't a surprise to Mora.
"They play great special teams, they play outstanding defense. That's what they do," Mora said. "They play hard. They play with discipline. You don't see technique errors. You don't see missed assignments. You see a bunch of guys who know what they're supposed to do with a lot of certainty, and they do it fast and they do it with bad intentions.
"It's an impressive team to watch."
While Mora is just getting started at UCLA, Beamer is leading Virginia Tech into a 21st consecutive bowl game. That's the longest active streak for a coach, while it's second among active bowl runs by a team behind Florida State's 32.
Logan Thomas is expected to be under center for his third straight bowl, but he'll likely need to be better to give the Hokies a chance. He's completed 34 of 67 passes for 407 yards with one touchdown and three interceptions over the first two.
Thomas played well in November even though the Hokies went just 2-2. He averaged 9.06 yards per attempt with seven TDs and three INTs in those final four contests, throwing a 26-yard touchdown to Trey Edmunds late in the fourth quarter to seal a 16-6 win at Virginia to conclude the regular season.
Edmunds leads Virginia Tech with 675 yards while averaging 4.1 per carry with 12 touchdowns - 10 rushing. He's facing a UCLA defense that gave up an average of 193.6 rushing yards over its last seven games.
The Bruins' backfield includes Myles Jack, the Pac-12's freshman of the year on both offense and defense - starring at linebacker and as a running back. He gained 269 yards and scored seven touchdowns on 37 carries, punching it in four times in a 41-31 win over Washington on Nov. 15.
"It's exciting for us to go against offenses like that. It's a good test for us," Virginia Tech linebacker Jack Tyler said. "That's the most exciting and energetic part of this thing is that we get to go play a team like UCLA.
"If you beat a team like UCLA, everybody seems to think this year is a success. If you go and lose, then everyone thinks the opposite."
|Last Updated: 8/27/2014 8:18:25 PM EST|