The Defense Steps Up, But Offensive Halftime Adjustments Need Improvement

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Boston College improved to 7-2 after their win on Saturday. (Photo by Ivan Morozov)

In some ways, Virginia Tech’s loss to Boston College on Saturday wasn’t frustrating. The Eagles are 7-2 for a reason, and the Hokies are 4-4 for a reason. BC is a better team, and I think most of us probably would have picked a loss on Saturday if we were forced to choose. From that standpoint, the loss can’t be particularly frustrating.

However, the Hokie defense play its best game since the Florida State game, and the Tech offense got off to another hot start. If you had told me that Tech would hold AJ Dillon to 96 yards and just 4.0 yards per carry, and that the offense would score touchdowns on two of its first four drives, I would have felt very good about the game.

Instead, late first half mistakes by players cost the Hokies a chance to go up by double digits. However, more concerning is the fact that the Tech offense keeps falling flat on its face in the second half after good first halves, leading many fans to ask out loud whether or not offensive coordinator Brad Cornelsen is any good at making halftime adjustments.

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