Greg’s Grades 2018: Virginia At Virginia Tech

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Virginia finished 7-5.
Fordan Ellis crosses the line for a touchdown. ~ Kris Wright

Only wrestling defeat out of the jaws of victory can cause one’s first reference point to come from the 1970’s variety TV show Hee-Haw.

“Gloom, despair, and agony on me. Deep, dark depression, excessive misery. If it weren’t for bad luck, I’d have no luck at all. Gloom, despair, and agony on me.”

That sums up November 23, 2018 for me. What is most disappointing about the rivalry game with Virginia Tech is not that the Hoos lost, but they were afforded ample opportunities to win (as I discuss in the One More Thing segment later).

Virginia’s 34-31 overtime loss to Virginia Tech was not a result of the Hoos not doing enough to win, but not doing enough to avoid losing. And every operation had accountability.

Yes, the Hoos showed resilience, fortitude, and grit but those attributes don’t win football games without execution and good game-planning. Virginia will play in its second consecutive bowl game and will also suffer through a 15th year of not having defeated Virginia Tech. Saturday, the Cavaliers can watch the sixth of the seven ACC Coastal teams, Pittsburgh, play in the ACC Championship Game with the realization that they are the only Coastal team that has never played in the title game.

Fans have seen great strides over the last two seasons and there is ample reason to be excited and hopeful that the Hokies will be beaten and the Hoos will play in an ACC title game. But there is still work to do, more talent to recruit, and more awareness of what it