2009 Monday Thoughts: Nebraska

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I’m late delivering this article, because for almost 48 hours, I kept coming
up dry in my attempts to figure out an angle. On the one hand, you have one of
the more miraculous comebacks in Virginia Tech football history, but on the
other hand, the only reason that comeback was necessary is because the offense
that dominated Marshall disappeared, and the offense that has finished around
#100 in the nation since 2006 returned.

Also, I had a completely different game day experience than the rest of you.
Some of you watched the game in person, and some of you watched it on TV. I
watched the finish on TV, in a Lane Stadium parking lot.

How I came to be in that location is a two-pronged story. Number one, I
decided to help a buddy guard a tailgate that otherwise would have been left
deserted, with a flat screen TV and satellite antenna and receiver left out
where anyone could take or damage them.

Number two, I walked out late in the third quarter because I didn’t want to
be there.

I left with the score 12-10, Huskers. The moment at which I decided to leave
came when Roy Helu, Jr. peeled off a 29-yard run that moved the ball from the
Nebraska 41 yard line to the Virginia Tech 30 yard line. At that point, with
just a few minutes left in the third quarter, the Hokies were mired in a
two-quarter long funk that had seen the Hokies pick up … wait, let me count
… oh, yeah … two first downs. We’ve seen some inept Hokie offense in
the last three years, but Tech was in fine form in the middle two quarters of
this contest.

Defensively, Nebraska wasn’t scoring TDs, but they were exerting pressure on
the Hokies and gashing Tech for big gains. When Helu rumbled for 29 yards, I saw
the handwriting on the wall: this wasn’t going to end well for the Hokies.

There was a third reason I left, though: the mood in the stands was one of
the nastiest I’ve seen in years. The fans were all over the offense from the
second quarter on, and during half time in the rest room, you could hear the
angry conversations all around about the play calling and offensive ineptitude....