Monday Thoughts: Freefall

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Charley Wiles (left) and Bud Foster (right) could only watch as their defense was rolled for 492 rushing yards and 654 total yards by Pitt. (Photo by Jeff Gamza)

I think you can tell from my prediction (a 27-24 Hokies win) that I had some optimism for this game, and optimism for the season. That optimism is now gone.

College football is a tricky thing. Anything can happen and often does. So I’m not one of the “woe is us, Tech won’t win another game” crowd. The Hokies could very well beat Miami and/or UVA, schedule a 12th game, and even make a bowl.

But what I saw Saturday shook me down to the core.

I went to Bull & Bones in Blacksburg Saturday to watch the game with Chris Coleman, Raleigh Hokie, and a few others. My “I’m out of here” moment came with about ten minutes to go in the second quarter, with Pittsburgh leading 17-0.

The Panthers had the ball, and after a tackle for loss on first down, Pitt running back Darrin Hall blew through the Hokies untouched for a 58-yard gain down to the Tech 22.

I’d seen enough. There was no way I was going to watch the rest of this blowout in a bar. As politely as I could, I took my leave and drove home to Radford to watch the rest of