Cheers and Jeers: Virginia Tech vs. Richmond
In roughly 85 percent of college football games — I'm making the numbers up — something truly majestic or breathtakingly stupid happens, often on consecutive plays. The remaining games just kind of exist in a Hellish vacuum where nothing much happens.
Even fast-forwarding through commercials didn't make this game watchable, but there were some exciting notable of both varieties. Let's relive this mess together shall we?
Big Play Tré Turner (and Touchdown Tayvion!)
Turner went over 100 yards yesterday on six receptions and had one of the prettiest toe taps in the back of the end zone you'll see on his touchdown catch. I will give the coaching staff some credit here. Turner appeared to line
up in the slot more than previous games which led to some favorable coverage match ups. That's a nice change and something to keep an eye on.
Plus you have to love a guy sporting Sons of Saturday gear postgame.
Justin Hamilton Continues to Shine
The defense still has some issues to be ironed out but Justin Hamilton has quickly become the King of halftime adjustments. Teams have gotten to Tech early at times, but not after the break. The Hokies have allowed just 16 points in the second half this season, three field goals and a garbage time touchdown against MTSU.
Those critical adjustments are something Bud Foster thrived on during his outstanding career. It's great to see Hamilton following in his mentor's footsteps in that regard while putting his own stamp on things in year two.
Eh, It's a Win
Clemson gets their 2nd loss— Peter Burns (@PeterBurnsESPN) September 26, 2021
Ohio State has a player quit in the middle of the game
Oklahoma fans calling for Spencer Rattler to be benched
Florida State is 0-4
Never change CFB, never change.
Virginia Tech's Wheel of Quarterbacks
So maybe inserting Knox Kadum who apparently practiced well was meant as motivation. Choosing to put him in when Tech was backed up to its own 6-yard line is truly baffling. You've got to wait until the next drive on that one. Connor Blumrick got in late to pound the ball at the goal line which is quickly becoming obvious.
Fuente: "The timing [of Kadum coming in] was not prescribed."— David Cunningham (@therealdcunna) September 25, 2021
Said he told the two quarterbacks earlier this week that Kadum would see time in the first half, and that Burmeister would come back in after that. #Hokies
Burmeister has done what the Tech coaches love and mostly avoided mistakes. He's completed 60 percent of his throws, but needs to get much better there. From a production standpoint, this was actually one of his better outings of the year to this point. Not ideal.
The State of Things
With a promising defense and a schedule strength that shifts with the wind from tough to manageable every few days, there should be plenty to be excited about.
There's a ton to play for with the ACC actively imploding around the Hokies. The bye week comes at an excellent time for a team struggling to execute all over the field with a chance to refocus ahead of another huge national stage. Notre Dame appears to have finally figured things out which is tough timing, but that's a non-conference game again this year.
The possibilities for a conference or at least a division title but the mood is a dour one in Hokie Nation and a down week will likely do little to change that vibe.
It's a good time for an off week for everyone. Go apple picking next weekend or jump in the river, perhaps meet a baby. Rest up and regroup for what's shaping up to be a crazy stretch run to the season.