Boise State Game Analysis: Stage Fright Dooms Hokies

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Lose a game like that and it’s natural to think “what if?” What if the
Hokies replaced a first quarter meltdown with simply average play? What if the
young and inexperienced players had played with more confidence instead of
getting caught up in the moment and the electric atmosphere that surrounded
them? What if the inside linebackers had stopped the long BSU TD run instead of
missing two tackles on the same play? What if the Tech offense had adjusted
sooner, or broken tendencies right out of the gate? What if the Tech offense had
called a timeout on the critical 3rd and 8 instead of adjusting to a low
percentage takeoff route? What if the Tech defense had performed as they did
during a 30-9 Tech run instead of making key mistakes on the BSU’s game
winning drive? And what if the Tech offense had a better 2-minute plan to turn
to at the end of the game?

This game analysis will focus on those “what if’s” in more detail, but
no matter how you slice it, this was a painful pill to swallow. For a program
looking to take that final step, the loss only reinforced that more work needs
to be done. But even with the loss, the Hokies still have a chance to make noise
on the national scene this season. For that to happen, many areas will need to
improve.

Let’s get to it…..

A Heavy Case of Stage Fright

The start of the game was every Tech fan’s worst nightmare. For those at
the game, it was obvious that many of the players were too pumped up. The
environment was as electric as any that I can remember and some of the players
got caught up in it. Some were visibly nervous. Some of that was to be expected
– the Hokies had so many new players playing in their first big game in front of
a large crowd and a national TV audience. On the other side, most of the Boise
State players had been there and done that, so it was easier for them to focus
on the task

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