Late Boise State Heroics Doom Hokies in Opener

by JustinC on September 7, 2010 · 2 comments

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Well, what can you say a Late Boise State Heroics Doom Hokies in Openerbout that game.  Just when we think we’re headed to another LSU style beat down, the Hokies battled back, took another 4th quarter lead, only to lose it Boston College style in the final seconds.  I’ll let Hokieg go deeper into this when he post his thoughts on the game but I did want to touch on a few things that I noticed last night.

First, the offensive line played terrible.  Surprisingly, it was some of our better linemen getting blown up at the point of attack.  Jaymes Brooks, Andrew Lanier, and Blake DeChristopher all struggled up front against Boise State’s front four.  This was some-what expected because you knew Boise State was going to sell out against the run and force Tyrod Taylor to beat them.  That brings me to my 2nd point.

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Tyrod Taylor is my hero.  Taylor had an exceptional game last night, going 15 for 22 with 186 yards passing and two touchdowns.  His lone turnover was a fumbled snap that caused the 17 point hole that buried the Hokies in this game.  Other than that play, Taylor was excellent tonight, scrambling out of the pocket on numerous occasions and looking like the quarterback every Hokie fan was hoping he could develop into.  So obviously, this loss can’t really be put on the offense.  Yes there were penalties but that’s to be expected in the first game.

To me, this game was lost on the defensive side of the ball.  Tech returned only six guys who started two or more games in their career.  That allowed an experienced and talented Boise State offense to establish their offensive attack all night long.  Sure Tech showed flashes of being a defense that we’ve come to expect but they were inconsistent. Jeron Gouveia-Winslow struggled in his first start and blew coverage on two of Kellen Moore’s touchdown passes.

With the defensive line failing to get pressure and the defensive backs having to play so deep downfield, the Broncos established their plan and worked it to perfection.  Yet sadly, the Hokies still had a chance to win in this game.  I think that’s the worst part about this loss.  We had a lead heading into the 4th quarter and were starting to move the ball on offense.  Yet on 3rd and eight with 2 minutes left, the Hokies couldn’t come up with the final first down they needed to win this game.  Tyrod threw an incomplete pass and caused the clock to stop forcing Tech to give the ball back to Moore.

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Moore led a beautiful game winning drive against the classic Bud Foster “let them dink-and-dunk into the endzone” prevent defense.

Obviously, this was a tough loss and one that I’m still struggling to put into words.  I apologize if this article is a little scattered but I’m still trying to figure out what exactly happened last night.

From special team mistakes, to offensive ineptitude, to poor tackling on defense, there is a lot to fix on this football team.  The good news is despite the loss, we took quite possibly the best team in America down to the wire and nearly pulled off one of the biggest wins in our history.  Despite all the mistakes, the turnovers, the alignment problems on defense, we nearly won this game.  So odds are, we’ll win 10 games again this year, possibly win the ACC, and look back on this season as another year of “what could have been.”

I guess it’s on the JMU now.

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Liveoak September 8, 2010 at 6:42 am

For the third consecutive game against a top 5 opponent Virginia Tech was thoroughly outcoached.
The players looked as nervous and as ill prepared at the start of this game as they were for the LSU debacle, there were huge mental errors on special teams, and the offensive coaches seemed to be baffled as to how to deal with BSU’s perfectly obvious strategy of stuffing the line of scrimmage.

One way to burn a defense that crowds the line of scrimmage is to use a tall speedy tight end in the short and intermediate passing game, but the nation’s number 1. tight end prospect of a couple of years ago wasn’t on the field for VT because of the miserable failures at recruiting any of Virginia’s many elite high school quarterbacks of recent years.

Virginia Tech isn’t going to get to the next level until they have much better recruiting and superior coaching against elte teams.

It’s increasingly clear to me that old Frank Beamer has reached his limit and isn’t going to be the answer to getting VT to that next level of accomplishment and I hope he has the wisdom to step down soon and allow a younger coach to give Virginia Tech football the boost it needs.



David September 8, 2010 at 7:59 am

Well, it happened again this year. Tech was suppose to have all the tools to be in the hunt for the national title and at the end of the first game you find yourself wondering what idiot puts Tech in the top 10. As an alumni, I am sick of it. Tech will play out the season, struggle to get back to number 7, win the ACC title and go to the Orange Bowl – again – and call it a good season. I am sick of Beamer saying “Well, we learned a lot from that game …” What; you don’t remember from previous years???? Who the hell wants to be ACC Champions???? The ACC sucks! If any team in the ACC played Alabama right now the score would be 44-zip, Alabama. Why can’t Tech be the team that beats the hell out of everybody? Next year, the idiots on the offensive line will have learned how to play but our quarterback and running back will have opted for the pros and we will have a strong line but idiots in the backfield. Let’s face it: why the @#$%^& would Bud Foster stick around to coach a team that refuses to beat a team in the top five, when he could be head coach somewhere and in 3 years have a top-five team? Tech’s days are numbered and my alumni dollars are going someplace else from now on. Who cares about what happens the rest of this season; it will be the same as all the other years: we struggle to be 10 and 1 playing teams like JMU, we win the ACC playing teams like Duke (hell, I didn’t even know the played football at Duke!!!) and we go to the Orange Bowl and play someone like Dayton. The good teams – the really good teams like Ohio State, Alabama, Boise – play for the championship and we get to reflect on how much character we built this year. Ever notice how few Tech fans go to the Orange Bowl now? Wonder why?????


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