The Hokies were rolling. They were 4-1 overall, and 2-0 in the ACC. They had not allowed a touchdown in two ACC games, outscoring the opposition 83-3 in the process. In their previous three games, they had outscored opponents by a whopping total of 137-20. They weren’t just beating people. They were taking them apart. They were getting national exposure, and people were even going so far as to discuss the chances the Hokies had of winning out.
And then Tech went to the Carrier Dome and lost 31-17.
Jerod Evans hadn’t thrown an interception that was his fault all season. He hadn’t been perfect, but he had been pretty darn good. The undisputed leader of the Tech offense, he was beating people with his arm and his legs.
And then Tech went to the Carrier Dome and Jerod Evans threw a critical interception in the end zone.
Chuck Clark is what I describe as a mistake-free football player. He’s not flashy, but he has a very high football IQ. He’s played multiple positions in the secondary in his career. He’s always in the right spot, because Chuck Clark doesn’t make mistakes.
And then Tech went to the Carrier Dome and Chuck Clark made a mistake by getting sucked in on a pitch to the running back and getting burned deep when the back threw it over Clark’s head to a wide open receiver.
Virginia Tech’s defense had allowed just 20 points in their last three games. They were #3 in the country in total defense, and #1 in pass efficiency defense. They were getting to the quarterback, they were shutting down the running game, and opposing wide receivers were having trouble finding open spots in the secondary.
And then Tech went to the Carrier Dome and the defense surrendered 31...
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