Strengths and weaknesses on display against ‘Bama

Virginia Tech showed some serious weaknesses against Alabama, but they also showed some strengths in the 35-10 loss.

Special Teams Troubles

A 72 yard punt return for a touchdown and a 94 yard kickoff return for a touchdown – both by Christion Jones – helped Alabama jump out to a 28-10 halftime lead.  We knew the Hokies were going to have to play a perfect game to beat Alabama, and those two plays were critical.

It’s no secret that while TV announcers like to pay lip service to BeamerBall, in reality BeamerBall as we once knew it has been dead for years.  The Hokies still have good field goal kickers, and in almost all seasons they have a good punter.  But what BeamerBall always meant was coming up with big plays on special teams to win games.