Win Over Tar Heels Shows Where Hokies Are Right Now

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This game was supposed to be a measuring stick for the Hokies and quarterback Sean Glennon, and indeed it was. I just
arrived home from Chapel Hill and haven’t had time to look over the message boards, but I already know what I’ll see
when I get there: the glass-half-full types will be marveling at the shutdown play of the Hokie defense and special
teams, and the glass-half-empty types will be fretting over an offense that struggled all day long. Both camps are
right, of course.

Having just gotten home, I haven’t had any time to watch a tape of the game or give any more than a cursory glance at
the statistics, but a quick look tells me that the stats capture the flavor of the game. Remember the old “Gloom,
Despair and Agony on Me” song from HeeHaw? (You northerners are probably laughing hysterically at me right now.)
There’s a line from that song, “If it weren’t for bad luck, I’d have no luck at all,” and looking at the
Hokies’ offensive stats makes me inclined to sing, “If it weren’t for Branden Ore, they’d have no offense at
all.”

Ore scored three of Tech’s four offensive TDs, and he accumulated 111 yards rushing and 37 yards receiving, for 148
yards of total offense. Tight end Greg Boone had 41 yards on a late TD reception, and the rest of the offense had … 35
yards. Scary numbers.

While Glennon didn’t fail miserably in his first road start, he didn’t distinguish himself, either. Sean completed 10
of 17 passes, but most of his throws were a little off, either a touch low or behind the receivers. He didn’t throw any
interceptions (good), but he fumbled twice, losing them both (bad). He got the team in and out of the huddle and managed
the clock well, with the exception of one audible, which appeared to come from the sidelines and which made the Hokies
go deep into the play clock, resulting in a rushed snap and a fumble on the exchange between Glennon and Danny McGrath.

Most of all, needing a play here or there, something above the call of duty, Glennon produced nothing. No
throws that made you gasp in admiration, no gutsy runs, no deep completions. Glennon muddled through, his best...