Reliving 1995 Game-by-Game, Part 5: Pitt

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Virginia Tech followed up their dramatic win over Miami with a 26-16 road win over Pitt that was not decided until the fourth quarter.  The Hokies trailed 9-0 at halftime, and for much of that game it genuinely appeared that the Hokies were going to drop to 1-3.

Unfortunately, the channel that hosted all past Tech games in their entirety (@hokietapes) was shut down by YouTube recently, so there is no full-game video available online.  However, thanks to the generosity of a Tech fan, I got the game (and all 1995 games) on DVD so I was able to watch it all the way through.  Below I’ve included a link for highlights.

To make this series more immersive, I recommend watching the video before reading my article.  If you pretend like this is actually 1995, this will be a lot more fun.

Like all articles in this series, I’ve written the article as if we were currently living 1995.  I imagine this is what I’d have written had I been writing day-after articles back in 1995.

After starting 0-2 with losses to Boston College and Cincinnati, the Hokies upset Miami 13-7 in Lane Stadium last week.  Which was the real Virginia Tech?  It was a fair question.  At halftime during Saturday’s game at Pitt, it seemed like the Tech team that lost to BC and Cincinnati might be the real Hokies.  Tech trailed Pitt 9-0 at halftime a week after beating Miami, and didn’t manage to take the lead until the fourth quarter.  In the end, the Hokies won 26-16, but the game wasn’t decided until late in the fourth quarter.

While last week’s amazing win over Miami is still fresh in our minds, I still can’t help worrying about Virginia Tech’s offense.  They were lackluster yet again on Saturday, and if the VT defense has anything resembling an off game, it’s going to be very difficult for the Hokies to win.  Pitt came into this game with a 2-2 record.  They played pretty well against Texas before getting flattened 54-14 by Ohio State.  Over their last three games, they have allowed 54, 38 and 30 points.  They have not been good defensively, yet the Tech offense struggled for three quarters on Saturday.

Still, special teams is blocking kicks left and right, and