Bitter: Louisville Loss A Reality Check For Hokies Team That’s Not Ready For Primetime

Brent Pry and the Hokies are back to reality after their loss at No. 13 Louisville. (Ivan Morozov)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The dream, however far-fetched, is definitively over for the Hokies. And perhaps it’s for the better.

Virginia Tech’s brief and quixotic ACC title game fantasy got a heavy dose of reality at L&N Stadium on Saturday, with the No. 13 Cardinals dealing the Hokies a sobering 34-3 beatdown.

The 31-point setback matched the most lopsided loss of the Brent Pry era, was Virginia Tech’s fewest yards in eight years, was the Hokies’ first touchdown-less game since a miserable night at Boston College in 2021 and felt like a big step back for a program that seemed to be turning a corner over the last month.

“Obviously, very disappointed,” Pry said. “Not just in the score, but I think we’re a better football team than that. … They just played harder, more determined and more confident, and I’ve got to fix that. That starts with me.”