I was going to write something last night, but I decided to go to bed after reading the following stats.
- Tech out gained Miami by 74 yards (421-347), and ran 24 more plays.
- Tech held the ball almost ten minutes more than Miami (34:21-25:49).
- Miami converted only 1 of 12 attempts on third down.
- Tech lost by 18 points.
Statistically dominating everywhere but the scoreboard has become and unwelcome trend. In order to get a better understanding of why we lost, I re-watched the game this morning. (The beatings will continue until morale improves, right?)
I thought the defense followed up their spectacular effort at Clemson with another terrific performance. Two special teams miscues left them to defend a short field in the first quarter, and they couldn't keep Miami out of the end zone. However, they forced 6 three-and-outs that the offense couldn't take advantage of. They dominated the second-half allowing just 10 points, 3 of which came in garbage time. It wasn't vintage Virginia Tech defense, but it was more than enough for a win.
I thought the d-line controlled the line of scrimmage. Even though they were unable to sack Morris they kept rather consistent pressure on him. Exum was targeted all night, and outside of being turned around in the end zone because of a terrific throw by Morris, and later biting on a double move, he really held his own.
It was an extremely sloppy game.