Military Bowl Review: Hokies Poor Defensively Despite Facing Backup Quarterback

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Virginia Tech’s tackling continued to be subpar in the Military Bowl. (Photo by Ivan Morozov)

Chris Coleman got it exactly right: we didn’t really learn anything from this game.

I had a sick baby on my leg and a pre-schooler going to town on Christmas gifts below the TV for the entire game, and I was thankful for the distractions. Like most everyone else, I’m glad the season is done. The holidays have trashed my writing schedule, so I won’t inflict slo-mo videos on you for this one.

This ended up being the easiest scout job of the year, or it was until Cincinnati QB Desmond Ridder went out. The game was showing the things Cinci had shown on film all year, down to individual quirks (like Ridder’s tendency to miss high), scheme-specific anticipations (like the bent read plays), tricky things (like direct snaps) and even the o-line penalties and interior weakness. And the Hokies at least seemed to have an idea of it. I’m not saying Tech played well, but there were plays where they slanted and stuffed