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VTHokie2000

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When did I ever say the defense had to be perfect?


I don't think it is unreasonable to expect the defense to step up and force a turnover or GT to punt the ball so the offense can get the ball back. Heck there has never been a game where GT didn't punt the ball, so the defense does know how to stop GT.

The 2009 game may be a good example of reasonable expectations for the defense. VT was ranked #4 and GT was ranked #19. Tyrod scores a TD on a 22 yd rush with 4:05 to go in the game to cut GT's lead to 21-16 (2-pt conversion failed). Any reasonable person would expect the defense to hold GT's offense and force a punt/turnover. Instead GT ran 7 plays for 75 yds and scored a 39 yd rushing TD in 1:45 seconds to go up 28-16. The offense made a valiant effort and scored a late TD to cut the lead to 28-23 (final score).

You can say that the offense should have scored more points (can't agree/disagree there). However, someone could say the defense shouldn't have given up a 12 play, 86 yd, 6:19 drive for a TD in the 3rd Q to allow GT to go up 21-10. In close games there are plenty of things all 3 units could do differently which may or may not have an outcome on the final score. It is why what a unit does or does not do on drives late in the game matter most because there are fewer opportunities to make up for mistakes late in the game.

(In response to this post by NokieHokie)

Posted: 02/13/2018 at 3:58PM



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  FU lost this year. -- vpi98 02/13/2018 11:24PM
  Yep. He overthought it and outsmarted himself. ** -- NokieHokie 02/14/2018 12:26AM
  Agree to disagree. ** -- NokieHokie 02/13/2018 7:07PM
  As stated, it was a team loss -- Hokie1992 02/15/2018 05:52AM
  Yeah, it seems we just never play that well vs GT. ** -- reestuart 02/14/2018 08:44AM
  This was a bad one no matter how you look at it...... -- MontgomeryTexasHokie 02/13/2018 5:14PM
  Was that on scheme or on individuals? ** -- WhoopACC Hokie 02/13/2018 4:57PM
  I read on TSL that Fuente lost that game. ** -- Tyson 02/13/2018 1:59PM
  So at worst, the D is equally responsible one time. ** -- NokieHokie 02/13/2018 1:06PM
  Bud wasn't DC until 1995 ** -- Hokie Bird 94 02/13/2018 3:49PM
  My mistake ** -- VTHokie2000 02/13/2018 3:59PM
  Uh oh - you came with facts instead of fable. -- akaHokie 02/13/2018 3:22PM
  Some of the "issues" may not be unique to PJ though -- VTHokie2000 02/13/2018 3:42PM
  Man, I like the way you think -- akaHokie 02/13/2018 5:21PM
  LOL ** -- akaHokie 02/14/2018 12:25PM
  Even though that may be true, it doesn't change the fact -- VTHokie2000 02/14/2018 08:59AM
  I agree. I just don't place the GT losses on the D. ** -- NokieHokie 02/14/2018 09:09AM
  I never placed the losses squarely on the D -- VTHokie2000 02/14/2018 09:14AM

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