2007 Monday Thoughts: Virginia

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Ever since the Hokies flattened Georgia Tech in Atlanta on November 1st, I’ve
been confident that VT was going to win out the rest of its regular season
schedule. In each of their last three games, the Hokies have gotten off to a
good start, then have either fallen behind or have been threatened. Each time,
I’ve calmly waited for them to turn things around and pull away, and each time,
they haven’t disappointed. When it’s late in the fourth quarter and you’re
taking a knee, then you’ve closed out well, and this team has learned how to
close out.

In looking at my comments in the
game preview
, one statement stands out:

The only concern for the Hokies is coming to play and not turning the
ball over. If Tech plays hard and doesn’t set UVa up with short fields, this
matchup favors VT in almost every phase of the game.

In addition to that statements, which we’ll examine here in a moment, I was
interviewed on an AM station in Seattle (that sounds odd, but it’s a station
that calls me up 2-3 times a year, usually whenever the Hokies have a big game),
and the host asked me what I thought was going to happen. My answer was,
“All else being equal — and it pretty much is — the Hokies have more
playmakers at wide receiver. I think Tech’s wide receivers are going to make
some plays, and that’s going to be the difference.”

Lastly, throughout the game, although you have to give Virginia some credit,
I felt the Cavaliers only got something when the Hokies gave it to them. Except
for a few instances in which the Cavaliers strung together some plays on offense
and made the Hokies pay for their mistakes, Virginia Tech controlled this game
from start to finish.

We’ll take a look at all of that, plus the turning point in the game.

“You Can Feel the Fear”

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