Cheers and Jeers: Virginia Tech vs. Louisville
Just as Tech dominated a week and a half ago, No. 13 Louisville thoroughly rolled the Hokies from the start in a 34-3 thumping Saturday afternoon. Tech was completely outmatched in a way they haven't been since the Florida State outing. This was never a favorable match up for Virginia Tech but it was certainly a worse showing than expected.
It's back to the drawing board for Brent Pry. Fortunately, there are still three games left to manage two wins to make a bowl. Things are still out in front of this team with a month to go in the regular season.
It's Behind Us Now
The Hokies can now move on to what are theoretically better match ups down the stretch. Tech was so completely dominated that there really aren't even any notable stats from this game. Bhayshul Tuten remained incredibly efficient with 11 carries for 57 yards (5.2 YPC) but like the offense as a whole, he never really got going in this game. The Hokies managed a measly 140 yards of total offense and were gashed on the other side by Louisville's running backs. It was just bad all around from the opening whistle.
In analog times, coaches would speak of a game like this where you have to just "burn the tape" and move on afterwards. It's far easier to just delete the files now, which I have to do with my backlog of game recordings now that I think of it. Best to just erase it all and move on.
Where To Start...
It does no one any good to list all of the mistakes. Suffice it to say this was not an outing anyone will remember on the O&M sideline.
Major adjustments probably aren't needed, just a return to things as normal after a quick reset. The Hokies travel to Boston College next week desperately needing a win to get in solid position for a bowl bid. Chestnut Hill hasn't always been kind to the Hokies but that's most places to be fair. There has already been some nice progress shown since last season and a bowl game would be an unexpected bonus. Frankly, it's incredible to have some stakes to be playing these final games under at all. That's invaluable experience and also fun.
The hilarious fever dream that was Virginia Tech playing for the ACC title this season is all but gone — though statistically still possible in a Dumb and Dumber sort of way. For now, it's a stab at postseason eligibility on the line and hopefully a few more steps forward on the path towards relevance.
Plenty to look forward to in the weeks ahead and there's no reason Tech can't find a way to make it really interesting.