Mistakes Doom Hokies Against Good Notre Dame Team

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The crowd was great on Saturday night, but the Hokies couldn’t overcome their own mistakes. (Photo by Ivan Morozov)

This roller coaster of a season is having an impact on Hokie fans, if the forums at various Hokie-centric outlets are a good indicator. From worried about keeping the bowl streak alive in spring, to talking playoffs (“Playoffs??!!” – Jim Mora) after FSU, fan reactions have run the gamut. It’s been tough on the players, too, as you can tell from their uneven play. Coach Fuente and Coach Foster are both working on it; one telling moment in post-game had Foster discussing how he had to give his defense a pep talk after Notre Dame returned Ryan Willis’ fumble for a TD.

Looking back, Notre Dame matched my expectations pretty well. I think if I had a surprise from the game, it was Tech not being able to pick more on the safeties with deep routes (especially when the running game was working.) I charted about 30 snaps for the offense looking for some broad down/distance/”aggression” tendencies, and I stopped when I realized just how consistent the offensive play-calling was all game. Out of all of those snaps, I had a grand total of five primary read passes that were either streak routes (which weren’t necessarily caught deep, but I counted them anyway) or breaking routes that terminated around ten yards or deeper. Two of those calls were the reverse pass and a fake bubble