The Hokies and their fans are not accustomed to losing games like that.
Sure, the Hokie offense has been hard to watch in years passed (Sean Glennon can you here me?), but the 23-3 loss at home to the surging Clemson Tigers was an abysmal performance; and one I’m sure Frank Beamer would like stricken from the record books.
But hey, that’s the great thing about College Football. Players and coaches develop amnesia after a loss. Concentrating on the good, learning from the bad, and moving forward as a team. For the Hokies, their sights are firmly set on their long-time rival, The Miami Hurricanes (‘The U’).
Tech has had Miami’s number six of the last eight times the teams have played, winning the last two games. But Miami’s oft-criticized QB Jacory Harris is ready for the challenge of playing at Lane Stadium.
“We’re ready to go into Virginia Tech,” Harris said. “They’re a great team, but we can’t wait.”
The Miami match-up, on paper, favors Virginia Tech. Running back David Wilson, currently 6th in FBS in rushing yards per game, is slated to have a huge day against Miami’s less-than-stellar rush defense; a defense that’s giving up an average of 202 rushing yards a game.
Wilson was Virginia Tech’s lone offensive bright spot from the Clemson debacle, finishing the game with 123 yards on 20 carries; although he did cough up the ball early-on. The Hokies need to continue feeding Wilson to take pressure off QB Logan Thomas who took most of the blame after the loss.
Miami (2-2) is a program at a crossroads. Allegations and sanctions, suspensions and coaching changes; there has even been talk of killing the program outright. For years Miami was revered and feared as the Bad Boys of College Football. As it turns out, they were the Bad Boys, and for the next decade or so, they’ll be paying for it.
But I digress…
For some teams a loss like the Clemson loss would carry over, possibly sink the entire season. Not with Frank Beamer in charge. He’s been here before, losing games early and bouncing back into the ACC Title race, and he is not yet ready to yield his ACC crown.
“This thing [the season] is far from over.” Said Frank this week.
VT met Clemson when the Tigers were firing on all cylinders. The offense moved the ball well and the defense pressured Thomas and took advantage of the Hokies mistakes. It’s unlikely that we’ll witness another performance like that.
Beamer’s been doing it too long to make the same mistakes twice. The Hokie D is too proud to get embarrassed at home two weeks in a row. The fans are mad, hate ’The U’, and will make Blacksburg a very unfriendly vacation spot come Saturday. But most importantly, the offense will be better based on the simple fact that it couldn’t get much worse.
VT 21-Miami 20
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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.