2008 Monday Thoughts: Boston College

elephant in the room — Virginia Tech’s struggling offense — had been sitting
quietly in the corner all season, and the Hokies notched a 5-1 record despite
their lack of offensive production. But Saturday night, the elephant got rowdy
and starting knocking over furniture and breaking stuff. Things finally
collapsed, and in the aftermath of Tech’s 28-23 defeat, all eyes are on the
offense, or lack thereof.

But there’s more to this game than a lack of offensive production. The most
disturbing thing about this game is that the Hokies were soundly thrashed on
both sides of the line of scrimmage, and Boston College was the more physical,
aggressive team. VT was simply outclassed in this game, in more ways than one.

You’ve read everyone else’s analysis by now:

  • VT wins turnover battle and scores two TDs on defense.
  • VT gives up big plays on defense and special teams.
  • Pathetic offensive showing (zero offensive TDs) loses game.

I’m going to highlight some of the subtext, some things you may not have
noticed. Get a helmet, because we’re about to take some knocks on the head.