After one game, the Virginia Tech rushing game looked promising, posting a solid performance against top-ranked Alabama highlighted by a 77-yard touchdown run by redshirt freshman Trey Edmunds.
However, two weeks later questions arose about whether the initial performance was a fluke after the Hokies mustered just 53 yards rushing against East Carolina.
But Saturday’s 201-yard performance against Marshall comes at the right time as the Hokies begin conference play Thursday night.
The Hokies' running game has been up and down this year, but right now is the best it has been this season, which is where it needs to be headed into the ACC portion of the schedule.
Coming into the 2013 season, the offensive line was a question mark, as was much of the offense. As the line progressed, so would the Hokies’ offense.
Through four games, it has seen changes in the starting lineup and the rotation, but on the whole the unit has performed well, despite a tough game against East Carolina. Heading into the Marshall game, the offensive linemen knew they had to be tougher and more physical.
“This week we had a great game plan and we came out and we attacked the line of scrimmage instead of letting the D-Line attack us,” senior right guard Andrew Miller said. “We were able to get some movement up front, which opened up some holes for Trey and those running backs so it was great to get back on board.”
As for the running backs, they looked pretty good against the Thundering Herd defense.
Edmunds averaged five yards per carry on 22 touches out of the backfield for 110 yards, including a nice run of 43 yards down the left sideline in the fourth quarter.
Edmunds made a great read and cut back, following blocks by left tackle Jonathan McLaughlin and wide receiver Willie Byrn and outran two Marshall defenders to get the edge. As good as he has looked, Edmunds was quick to remember why he had room to run.
“The offensive line had to be doing their job, it was just trusting them and running behind them and we came out with a stellar performance,” Edmunds said.