He completed 51% of his passes and averaged less than 7 yards per pass. He was twice as likely to gain no yards as he was to gain 10 or more yards. He threw interceptions on 3.7% of passes, twice as often as Everett Golson and four times more often than AJ McCarron and Colby Cameron. Most troubling is that Thomas was only 1.4 points per game better in Virginia Tech's wins than in losses. By way of comparison, Manziel was 30 points per game better in wins than in losses. At quarterback, Thomas wasn't a difference maker.
What was the difference maker? Tech allowed 27 or more points in every loss and 23 or fewer points in every win. The defense was solid, not spectacular, across the board, except they were mediocre at preventing explosive plays and didn't force enough turnovers. They forced turnovers on only one in nine possessions. They were in the bottom quarter nationally in yards per kick and punt return allowed. Consequently, they were below average in starting field position on offense and defense. Not exactly Beamer ball.