As I sit and ponder my fantasy football final score, last nights Virginia Tech game weighs heavy on my mind.
For all the hype, all the talking about how they would figure things out offensively, all the success the Hokies have had over the last few years; it all ended with a thud Saturday night.
Clemson came into the game hot, a young team with an enthusiastic Head Coach, a new Offensive Coordinator, and explosive players on both sides of the ball. Virginia Tech came into the game 4-0, just like Clemson. Except, they hadn’t played anyone and their offense struggled to move the ball against sub par competition.
Still, the Hokies coaches and players remained confident leading up to the Clemson game; promising a performance that would make us forget about their anemic offense. QB Logan Thomas preached about figuring it out, he said the Hokies would come out and move the football; he was wrong.
Give the Hokie defense credit, they played well considering how much they were on the field. Clemson QB Tahj Boyd didn’t have the type of game he’d had during the first four weeks, but he did enough, and his skill players at running back and wide receiver made enough plays to build an insurmountable lead.
A 20-point lead is far from insurmountable for many of the top-tier College Football teams in the country. For the Hokies and their young QB Thomas, the 10-3 lead at halftime would’ve been enough for the win.
I’m not going to use this post as an opportunity to throw Logan Thomas to the wolves. The Tech receivers didn’t get separation, the offensive line gave up four sacks, and RB David Wilson fumbled the ball when the Hokies had some momentum, and that undoubtedly changed the way the Frank Beamer & Co. called the game. Still, Thomas was 15-27 for 125 yards on the night.
Just watching Thomas run the offense it’s clear he’s a step or two behind the curve. Tech might be better off if they lined up, ran it three times, and punted each drive.
The bottom line is, if you watched the game you saw two teams on different levels.
Clemson, now 5-0, is on the fast track to winning the ACC. Along with that they have Boyd at QB (a Virginia native who spurned the Hokies to play in Death Valley), and a bevy of skill players at running back and wide receiver that make them the most explosive team in the conference for years to come.
Virginia Tech, now 4-1, is going to have to fight and claw to make yards offensively this year. They find themselves in the same position they were in before Tyrod Taylor carried them the last few seasons: a solid defense, but no one that scares opponents on the offensive side of the ball. Logan Thomas drew Cam Newton comparisons during the off season…not so much.
Thomas and Tech need help, and fast. From here on out, the ACC schedule will flatten this Hokie offense and force the defense to do more than they’re capable of. With Miami coming to Lane stadium next Saturday it may be too late for this offense to put it together.
About the Author
Written by Frank Sullivan
Frank is a graduate of Old Dominion University, sports fan, author, and founder of TheBloosh.com. He's been working with prosportsblogging.com since April 2011, and has covered the Chicago Bulls, Baltimore Ravens, Virginia Tech Hokies Football, and the Washington Wizards. Frank can be reached @franksullivan on twitter.