CHARLOTTESVILLE — David Wilson had the kind of week he'd rather forget.
Leading up to No. 6 Virginia Tech's 38-0 win against Virginia, Wilson had to answer questions about his fumbling (seven on the season entering Saturday, four of which were lost). His streak of seven consecutive games with at least 100 yards rushing ended Nov. 17 in Tech's win against North Carolina.
He was also upset about national pundits downgrading Tech (11-1 overall, 7-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) for what was perceived to be a weak schedule. His list of reasons to be disgruntled didn't end there, but he felt a little bitter after running 24 times against U.Va. for 153 yards and two touchdowns, including runs of 26 and 38 yards.
"I was taken off the Doak Walker Award (nominee list)," said Wilson, who was left out of the Doak Walker finalists – a list that included Wisconsin's Montee Ball, Alabama's Trent Richardson and Oregon's LaMichael James. "That hurt. I work for what I do, and my team backs me up 100 percent. We all work together. That's why we have a winning program.
"ESPN was doubting us, saying we shouldn't be in the top five, but the way the score went (Saturday) gave a lot of those guys a wake-up call."
Wilson now has 1,595 yards for the season, which puts him 60 behind Ryan Williams for Tech's single-season rushing yardage record. Williams had 1,655 yards in 2009.
SURRENDERING EARLY POINTS
Prior to giving up a touchdown on Tech quarterback Logan Thomas' 14-yard first quarter run, No. 24 U.Va. (8-4, 5-3) hadn't surrendered a first quarter touchdown since Sept. 24 in a 30-24 loss to Southern Mississippi.
U.Va. has given up 17 points in the first quarter this season, which is the fewest in the nation. Tech joins Southern Miss and Maryland (three points) as the only teams to score against U.Va. in the first quarter.
GOING TO THE AIR
On Tech's first two touchdown drives, Thomas completed passes of 36 and 52 yards to wide receiver Marcus Davis. They were the second and third longest catches of the season for Davis.
"That was in the game plan," said Thomas of Tech's deep passing game. "We felt like we could beat them deep, and I think we did so."
HOSLEY ON COALE'S SPEECH
Tech cornerback Jayron Hosley was particularly moved by an impassioned speech teammate Danny Coale delivered to the team prior to the game.
"He came out and basically said we've got to come out and hit them in the mouth first, hit them in the mouth and keep pounding them," said Hosley, who tied with Tech strong safety Antone Exum for a game-high of 10 tackles each. "That was it. Everybody was hyped up after Danny's speech. He's one of the leaders on our team, so guys look up to him. We were ready to roll."
"That's not our brand of football. They made a lot of plays, but at the same time, that's not how we want to play football. I definitely think it was a little bit shocking to see that score because that's not how we want to play." – U.Va. linebacker Steve Greer, who had nine tackles, on Tech shutting out U.Va. for the first time since '06 (a 17-0 Tech win)Copyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times