10 Things I Learned Against Virginia Tech

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It is sad to see the Virginia/Virginia Tech game relegated to a noon kickoff with regional coverage. But that’s where the rivalry is right now due in large part to UVa’s inability to keep the score competitive in recent years. This year was the same story, different year. If that’s the case, are there “10 Things I Learned Against Virginia Tech?” Let’s take a look.

Al Groh’s team did not score in the final two road games.

1. No real surprise in the outcome. Going into this game, I thought Tech clearly was the more talented and faster team. Tech was at home in Lane against a Virginia team that has not fared well in recent years on the road. Add to that a young UVa offensive line and a first year QB, both of which had performed poorly in their last trip into hostile territory, facing arguably the best defense in the nation. In other words, it was tough to see the Hoos coming out of Lane with a win unless VT gave them some help. But that did not happen.

To the contrary, UVa provided the help on the pivotal play of the game – sorry if I am stealing your thunder for “The Turning Point”, Kris – with the fumble late in the second quarter. Up until that point, Tech had not shown the ability to sustain any kind of drive against UVa’s defense. After that fumble, Tech’s offense played with a different tempo, a different level of confidence.

Plus, Virginia continued to provide help, primarily though missed tackle after missed tackle. The missed tackle on third and short inside our own 10 on that first – and very short – Tech scoring drive hurt. But the first VT drive of the second half, where the Hokies made it a two-score game, was marked by several missed tackles, including a few key missed sack opportunities (something that haunted us all game long).

In addition, I was troubled by the unimaginative offensive game plan and play-calling this week. I was a skeptic when it came to naming