Monday Thoughts: The Road Losing Streak is Over

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Frank Beamer

This is the worst Virginia Tech football season in 20 years, no question, but what it really is is the worst VT football season on the road in a long time.

While watching the game with some friends Saturday, we started talking … especially when it was 13-3 … about how close the Hokies were to going winless on the road, and the question came up: When was the last time Virginia Tech didn’t win a road game in a season?

Answer: 1987. The Hokies were 2-9 that season, with home wins over Navy and Cincinnati, and they went 0-6 on the road.

Even the 1988 team, which went 3-8 had a road win: 41-14 at Cincinnati. The 1992 team, with a record of 2-8-1, had a road win: 26-7 at Temple.

In 2012, the Hokies are 1-5 away from Lane Stadium, with a bowl game pending, and the simplest way to think about it is this: Tech’s only road win is an overtime squeaker over a 2-9 team that is ranked #98 in total offense, #104 in total defense, and will fire their coach at the end of the season.

But at home, the Hokies are 4-1, with a game against UVa pending, and the four wins include victories over a Georgia Tech team that will play in the ACC Championship Game, a win over a 7-4 Bowling Green team that has the #10 defense in the nation, and a Duke team that will go bowling for the first time in almost 20 years.

To beat the Hokies at home, you have to be Florida State, currently 10-1, ranked #10 in the BCS, and featuring the #1 defense and #14 offense in college football. And even then, it’s going to be a squeaker, 28-22 on a late touchdown.

From 2004-2011, a span of eight seasons, the Hokies went 32-6 in true road games (and 6-11 in neutral site games), and it’s as if the eight years of that statistical improbability built up all this negative energy that has detonated all over the program in one frustrating season. You can only fill the water