Kyron Drones A Silver Lining, But Hokies’ Mistakes Too Much In Rutgers Loss

Quarterback Kyron Drones may be the only silver lining from Saturday’s game in Piscataway for the Hokies. (Ivan Morozov)

PISCATAWAY, N.J. — If there was a silver lining from Virginia Tech’s 35-16 loss at Rutgers — and you’re digging fairly deep when that’s the first part of the sentence — it’s that Kyron Drones played well enough in his first career start to think the Hokies will be OK at quarterback going forward.

If there was a downside, it was mostly everything else. 

It’s that the Hokies found themselves down by three scores in the first half for a second straight week. That another early turnover led to a gift touchdown. That points were left on the board on a missed field goal and a dropped deep ball. That the defense yielded the second-most rushing yards in the Brent Pry era. That injuries are mounting to the level that it’s getting hard to see how a team with these depth concerns will get through the remaining three-quarters of the season.

In the end, it all added up to another loss, a 19-point setback to the Scarlet Knights that snapped a 12-game winning streak in the series dating back to 1992, leaving the Hokies (1-2) under .500 and desperately needing a win at Marshall next week, lest they be staring squarely into the face of the very real possibility of a 1-5 start to the season.