Monday Thoughts: Hokies, Beamer Facing Tough Road

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I’ve decided — like most of you — that I’m not going to dwell on the specifics of this game. There’s too much other stuff to talk about.

First, though, let’s get our Big Hit Nominee and Top Ten Nominee out of the way:

Big Hit Nominee: With four minutes left in the first half, Jack Tyler blitzed Munchie Legaux and absolutely blasted him as he released the football. The pass, sadly, was complete, but still a great hit by Tyler.

Top Ten Nominee: Kris Harley shows off his athleticism with a diving interception late in the second quarter against Cincinnati.

Top Ten Play Nominees: Bruce Taylor and Kris Harley combining on a first half interception that spotted the Hokies with great field position at a time when the offense was struggling (to say the least); Corey Fuller’s 56-yard TD catch that put the Hokies up 24-20 with 1:49 to go.

Now for the bigger picture….

It’s amazing what a difference ten short months can make. On December 1st, 2011, Virginia Tech was 11-1, ranked #5 in the nation, and heading to Charlotte to avenge an early-season loss to a Clemson team that was fading. The Hokies featured a #12-ranked defense stocked with young players, a mountain of a quarterback who inspired confidence and was on his way to a record-setting season, and a pogo-stick running back who was setting a single-season record for rushing. Life was good.

Since then, the Hokies have gone 3-4, just 2-4 against FBS teams, and just 1-4 against BCS conference teams.

I could detail the nature of the four losses, but you’re familiar with them:

  • A confidence-shaking hammer job against Clemson in the ACCCG. VT isn’t top dog in the ACC anymore.
  • A Sugar Bowl loss to an inferior
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