I would say that last night’s loss is the straw that broke the camel’s back for me, but it’s not. My camel’s back was broken in the Sugar Bowl, and before that it was beaten to a pulp by Boise State. Last night wasn’t surprising. Last night has become the new normal.
The Book on Losing Gets Longer
Last night, Virginia Tech wrote a new chapter in the book on how to lose a football game. Actually, they might have written a full-fledged sequel. How did they lose this one? Let me count the ways:
Bobbling a punt snap, which led to a blocked punt, which led to a short Miami touchdown
Missing an extra point
Missing a 47 yard field goal (not an easy kick, obviously)
Allowing an 81 yard kickoff return, which led to a short Miami touchdown
Throwing an interception in the red zone
Fumbling the snap on the 1 yard line
Overthrowing a wide open fullback on 4th and 1
Dropping a touchdown pass
Poor clock management at the end of the first half (more on that later)
Did I miss anything? I didn’t take notes while watching the game, but if I had, I probably would have run out of ink just from writing down all the unforced errors. That’s nine unforced errors listed above. Even if you take out the kickoff return (you do have to give Miami credit for making the play, after all) and the 47 yard field goal (a tough kick), that’s still seven unforced errors.
When Frank Beamer said “we were 4 or 5 plays away” from winning on the postgame show, he was correct. If A.J. Hughes didn’t bobble that punt snap, Miami wouldn’t have blocked a punt, and they probably wouldn’t have scored a touchdown. If Dyrell Roberts catches that pass in the end zone, it’s seven points for the Hokies. If Logan Thomas doesn’t fumble at the 1, that’s a likely touchdown and seven more points. That’s 21 points in three plays, all off unforced errors.
So yes, Beamer is correct. But there are bigger issues in question here....
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