Monday Thoughts: Duke 2014

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"We have come here to chew bubblegum and kick ass...and we're all out of bubblegum."
“We have come here to chew bubblegum and kick ass…and we’re all out of bubblegum.”

This one was a lot more fun to re-watch than it was to watch live. During the live broadcast, the boneheaded penalties, decisions, fumbles, interception, and sacks given up were infuriating.

But on the second watching, knowing that the Hokies were going to win, I focused on the things that brought them the victory. A lot of guys made a lot of great plays, and some interesting things went the Hokies’ way.

I’ve got a LOT I want to comment on. I doubt I’ll get to all of it, and it might not be very coherent … just a random smattering of thoughts. Which is appropriate, I guess, given the title of the article.

Let’s go!

Very little talk of the maddening things

First of all, I’m not going to dwell much, if at all, on the things that went wrong Saturday and almost cost the Hokies the game. Those things have been covered in great detail to this point, including by Chris Coleman in yesterday’s piece. They include (but are not limited to):

The slow start (again) after a bye week. Earlier this year, after a bye week, the Hokies fell behind Pitt 14-3 and lost 21-16. In 2013, after a bye week, they fell behind Duke 13-0 and lost 13-10. In 2012, after a bye week, the Hokies lost 30-12 at Miami. The only bye week they have handled well in the last three seasons came last season, when they posted a 16-6 win over Virginia after a bye week.