Game Day: Russell Athletic Bowl

Consider this post the open thread for today's game. You're invited to leave your thoughts in the comments below. Most of us have been working on a holiday schedule, so after the jump are a bunch tidbits and reads found elsewhere on the Interwebs that you might have missed while on vacation. Before proceeding, Box 'shopped another masterpiece.

Now then, let's continue.

Tech visited the Give Kids the World Village. Also, it should be noted that Martin Scales knows the Macarena.

So you're saying we should win the turnover battle...

SI.com's Andy Staples picked Tech to lose.

• Final analysis: Thomas has had to do everything for Virginia Tech's offense this season. He leads the Hokies in both rushing and passing. If freshman tailback J.C. Coleman can't gain some yards to lighten Thomas' workload, Virginia Tech could struggle. Meanwhile, the Hokies' defense will have to slow Jamison. This is the same unit that gave up 157 yards to Pittsburgh's Rushel Shell and 262 yards to North Carolina's Giovani Bernard. If they bottle up Jamison, then the Hokies have a better chance to force Rutgers quarterback Gary Nova -- who threw five interceptions in the Scarlet Knights' final three games -- into making a mistake. If Jamison is picking up consistent yardage, Nova should be able to take advantage of one-on-one matchups on the outside.

• The pick: Rutgers 24, Virginia Tech 20

Busts in man coverage have been our downfall a few times this season.

SBNation.com's Bill Connelly wrote an in-depth preview. One pick had Tech winning, the other losing, either way it's projected as a close game that could be decided by a big play.

Virginia Tech won two games scoring 24 points or fewer and played in 10 games that saw 55 or fewer total points scored. For Rutgers, those numbers are six and 10, respectively. In fact, there haven't been more than 37 points scored in a Rutgers game since October. A single long pass to Brandon Coleman, Marcus Davis or Corey Fuller ... a single defensive breakdown in a run by Jawan Jamison, Logan Thomas or Random Tech running back ... that could make the difference in the game.

He's harped on it all season long, but Bud Foster again mentioned Tech needed to limit big plays.

"We've got to stop the run. We've got to eliminate their big plays," Foster said before the Hokies practice Tuesday at the Citrus Bowl. "Short pass plays, they can turn them into big plays. The run game and passing game complement each other."

Chris Brown of Smart Football detailed Rutgers outside zone play, and discussed how important it is to Rutgers' offensive game plan.

Watch the press conference (if you like coach speak).

Andy Bitter's feature on, my favorite fullback, Joey Phillips is a great read.

Let's Go!

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Comments

as of right now, i'm picking the sunj to win. our hokies just havent shown me much to think they can beat a nine win team. but that opinion will probably change several times during the course of the day. by kickoff i'll probably be pretty hammered and sure of a tech victory.

either way, LETS GO!!!!!!

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"That kid you're talking to right there, I think he played his nuts off! And you can quote me on that shit!" -Bud Foster

Give Kids the World

That's AWESOME that they visited there. We stayed there several years ago for my sons trip to Disney. Phenomenal place and just great atmosphere. Way to go Hokies!!!!! So proud.

(btw, he's doing great, in remission from leukemia for over 9 years now. knock on wood.)

I'm a man! I'm 40!
Hokie thru and thru.

Andy Staples

Of course he fails to mention the more recent games regarding VT's Rush defense of holding Clemson to under 100 yards, and FSU to negative rush yards.. Don't think he really has payed much attention to us and his analysis is a bit off. Here's another tidbit. Graham rushed for 172 yards against Notre Dame... Pitt can run the football on anyone, and the same goes for UNC. There is no way in hell that Jamison and the Rutgers O-line is as good as either of those two teams.

Logan 3:16

I've heard from many people within the Tech program that is seems like the players couldn't care less to be there right now. I hope that's incorrect, but this team has failed to show up in several games this year. You'd think they'd be pumped up for a bowl game and all, but it's the Russell Athletic Bowl for a team that is used to BCS bowls and the occasional Chick-Fil-A Bowl. Plus, there probably won't be much of a crowd to this game either, and we've seen how this team performs in places without that many people watching (Pitt, Miami, BC, etc.). If we build momentum early, Logan makes good decisions, one of our community of running backs gets something going on the ground, our defense makes a couple of stops, and we don't do anything stupid on special teams, we should win this game. Then again, that's a lot to ask for from a team that went 6-6 and barely beat two teams who aren't going to a bowl game just to get into a bowl game.

I love Virginia Tech, regardless of the outcome of every game.

Let's dedicate this bowl to Coach Mike London

Without him, our appearance might not even be possible!

I support Coach Frank Beamer.

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See the helmets?

Actually like the orange fighting gobbler!!!

We put the K in Kwality

Lololololololol Vt came to

Lololololololol

Vt came to play baby this is sad

I Want Leal

Call me rash, uninformed, a terrible fan, downvote the shit out of me if you want, but I've seen enough of Logan Thomas starting. What do we have to lose?

No 3 can throw a pretty deep ball but everything short and intermediate hes bern off

Deep balls are nice

...when you have an offensive line.

we know Logan can play but when you have no o line or running backs how can you be good. look at what he did last year with David. ill never call for leal over Thomas but I understand how his inconsistencies could make people call for it

tyrod did it mikey! tyrod did it!

Fair points, but I disagree.

Yeah, he has limited help this year, that's a given. But great QB's make those around them better.

In his career he's had more lousy-to-average games than above-average to great games. Is that 8-game or so streak last season the real LT, or is it the early 2011 and 2012 version?

This is very bad

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It's been said before

We've seen a lot of brutal offense over the years.
This is the worst.

Logans mechanics are horrible, whos the qb coach?

A month to study this defense and the o cant block anyone... vt is gonna get run out the stadium

holy hell can need on be

holy hell can newsom be fired midgame?

tyrod did it mikey! tyrod did it!

My boss might fire me for leaving early to watch this cluster fuk

Id rather be at work than seeing this garbage

He should give you extra time off

for bereavement leave.

The amazing thing is that LT is not the worse passer in the game....

End of the 1Q - VT d has given up 3 points on short fields, VT O has scored -7

damn i sure look like a dumbass making a gameday thread b4 looking here, i was wondering why nobody was commenting.

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Its cool, there is only a few of us in here witnessing the travesty

Our fearless leader

reports that Sherman is leaving (!!)
Maybe he can take the rest of the offensive staff (except Shane) with him?

atleast Tweedy is having a monster game

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I'm gonna give up like Davis and just start drinking straight from the wild turkey bottle

tyrod did it mikey! tyrod did it!

The O-Line is inexplicably bad

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the usual shitty bowl performance mixed with one of the worst teams in 20 seasons makes this so sickening to watch

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Pathetic

Well at least we're doing our annual bowl-season bed-shitting on a smaller stage than usual.

hahaha so true I just hope most of America is out instead of watching this so we don't have to hear abt it tomorrow

tyrod did it mikey! tyrod did it!

i bet holland fisher catches that

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6:48 left in the 2nd qtr and we have 30 total yards of offense

unnecessary roughness on the punter LMFAO!

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BEAMERBALL!!

2 personal fouls on special teams

This team is not prepared for this bowl. If rutgers had a decent qb it would be over by now

Pathetic

These Hokies, not just the coaches are pathetic, straight up. There is no excuse for the lack of effort by the entire offense tonight. Defense is doing the best they can after being on the field the whole damn half. Unless the defense scores two tds, count it up as a loss. Fire everybody on the offensive side of the ball as soon as the clock hits 0.

There are wolves and there are sheep, I am the sheep dog

looks like no one on the offense cares, the d is playing so hard. I hate it for them when the offense looks like they just don't care

tyrod did it mikey! tyrod did it!

A rare good pass defense by Bonner

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going on 4th again? it feels like im playing NCAA Football 13 online

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LOL

The commentators counted a longer hang-time for the penalty flag than the actual punt. sad but hilarious

On a positive note

The Rutgers QB's name reminded me of this. Easily the best 5:25 of my evening so far.

Start and ends with head coach, same old crap from Beamer year after year especially in bowl games. Unprepared bunch of over rated coaches and it bleeds down to the players. Time to seriously think about replacing Logan Thomas and Frank Beamer

Bossman

I wish he would wipe that

I wish beamer would wipe that shit-eating grin off his face

Logan is not the problem im so tired of Thomas taking so much blame for shitty coaching, I was at the miami game last year iv seen in person what Logan can do with talent around him! Time to fire Ocain, demote Stinespring and hire The Fridge!

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down by 10....wide receiver screen!! why not

tyrod did it mikey! tyrod did it!

i have never been more disgusted by Virginia Tech football in my life. Maybe its time for Foster to fire Beamer lol.

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It wouldnt be a VT bowl game without a roughing the kicker penalty!

At least the defense is lively and talking smack

maybe the extra activities at the end of the half will light a fire under this team.

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SEVENTY THREE TOTAL YARDS in the first half

Think about that for a second

Was anyone expecting anything different? This team is who we thought they were

Is this stat right

17 rushes for -10 yards? We can't be playing that bad...

A new season...new hope

Factoring in the yardage for LT sacks its pretty close

It's all too true

It's *possible* that the offense looks bad because the coaches spent December looking for jobs, right?

James Gayle

Is he even playing tonight? Keep seeing him on the field. But he's walking around and not really playing. The OL and QB play is the worst thing I've ever seen. Comical how poorly coached these guys are. Comically bad.

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Lou Holtz is undressing our offense

"You've had over a month to prepare and you can't do anything". At least were making their D look for real. They look a lot better when we can take a snap, throw a wide open pass or block ANYONE.

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Ugh

Why is Lou Holtz still on tv??? The guy's dentures are killing me when he talks. I know it's mean, but I cringe every time.

One of the world's biggest mysteries

The man has a face for radio and a speech impediment, but yet still has a job.

Twitter me

what am I watching...

A month of practice to rack up a whopping seventy three total yards. If that doesn't create some coaching turnover I don't know what can.

i read somewhere that they used alot of the practices to get younger guys experience i wonder if thats having an effect as well

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Look at the bright side...

Maybe the offense sucks so much because the whole staff was too busy getting resumes ready and going on practice interviews for the new job searches...

A new season...new hope

Can't we get a break tonight?? That would've turned this carnival side show around a bit.

How many special QBs change?

where were you when we were getting picks?

A new season...new hope

3 and out, unreal no one can make a play and why a 4 yard slant is called on 3rd and 7 I have no clue, really hope this is just a sign the offensive staff doesn't care and is gone after this game

tyrod did it mikey! tyrod did it!

Quick summary

The O-line is just garbage, seriously how are they that bad??? And even when LT3 has time his accuracy is so off.

how much more play action passes can be run with no running game

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I bet we will try one each series

tyrod did it mikey! tyrod did it!

unconventional thinking

This is the uncoventional thinking that we pay our offensive brain trust for....Side note LT3 looks like he is checked out

A new season...new hope

I can not wait for this game to be over and stinespring and ocain and newsome to be gone

Tweedy was limping off the field after that punt

Rumor (from reliable source)

Heard Sherman is staying. LT is going pro (as a TE). BS recruiting coordinator. Newsome retiring (health/heart). Ocain retiring. Waiting until after bowl to announce as their contracts give them bonuses if they coach the game.

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Bonus's

Arent they usually given for preformance? I wouldn't pay the Offense for this game. I would give their bonus's to the D staff. I hope LT doesnt leave next year will suck with out him.

A new season...new hope

I don't write the contracts :)

But I agree with you. Should be performance based (admin will argue that making a bowl is performance).

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Wtf fuck these refs fuck this season... if i was bud with the putrid offense and defense getting shit on with these phantom calls id have been ejected because i would have went ape shit

I'm with you. I was picturing myself as a coach just going off. The refs SUCK

guh and Kyle has a great play and gets a flag, cannot get a break

tyrod did it mikey! tyrod did it!

4 plays...3 of the worst officiating calls

BT51 was not offsides. Was grounding (as he was in the tackle box and ball didn't cross scrimmage). CF17 was interfered WITH (no call would have been ok).

We put the K in Kwality

This season plus the sugar bowl has seen some of the most indefensible, game changing calls go against vt

BS

This game is making me angry now. That is NOT pass interference. This is just getting worse...

Rutgers Mascot

Looks like the MSU mascot is moonlighting as there mascot

A new season...new hope

79 mf'n yards through the 3rd quarter

Sad thing is D has played so well if we double our yards in the 4th quarter we could win!

We put the K in Kwality

it'd be 3-0 if we hadn't fucked up a snap in the 1st 30 seconds

tyrod did it mikey! tyrod did it!

79 yards of O. 85 penalty yards.

Fail!

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4th

So our Defense is playing a great game tonight. They've been on the field more than they should have and only given up 3 stinking pts.

"Can you imaging if our offense didn't suck"
-2012 season motto

why

is bowl officiating so fucking bad? And seemingly always in the wring direction.

Should be 3 to 0.

Who in their right mind would be watching this game unless they were a fan of VT or Rutgers???? Painful...

3 runs in the redzone for 5 yards, typical moc/bs

so we throw then throw to get yards and run 3 for 3 yards

tyrod did it mikey! tyrod did it!

Redzone

The natural enemy if Ocainsrping. Causes runs.

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a pick 6 from Exum, Jarret, or Fuller on the next drive would be so fucking epic, but ill wish in one hand and shit in the other and see which gets filled first...

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I'd love to see red zone stats for tech over the past like 5 years because that area seems to be a nightmare for our play callers

I never understand why DB's can't catch

Fuller's catch was sick. Then we go back to conservative play calling. Why hand off to Scales to go outside the tackles??? Stupid calls!

I CALLED THAT SHIT MINUS THE TD!

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On Exum's pick,

My 7 yr-old son says, "That could save the game!"

Something's brewing in Blacksburg...

LT3 TO COREY FULLER BABY!

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What???!

How does he throw those passes back to back like that?? This guy kills me every game!

Its due to the lack of trust he has in his targets, and fuller is his favorite so i put 2 and 2 together for that one

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Andrew Miller is sorely missed

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old school, gotta rely on our d for points to win this one

tyrod did it mikey! tyrod did it!

Did we recruit a center by any chance??? We should go all out on offensive line recruiting...

TYRELL WILSON BITCHES!

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Dont worry bs is going ultra conservative and they will kick a fg

99 upside down is 66

But Gayle doesn't have dreads, announcers...

and the pass Nova threw earlier wasn't grounding... bullshit

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These refs are either incompetent or paid off

Why are the announcers agreeing with that call??? He just spiked that thing!!

They cant be too critical of anything so they just agree with whatever they are told

Who would pay off officials for the Russell Atheltic?

$3 tickets

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this is worse than the sugar bowl

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It's either grounding or its not

If Nova's first one wasn't. Neither is Logan's. If Logan's is. Then Nova's last one is.

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Hokie-D needs to come up big

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Beamer should be ashamed of himself for the coaching he's done in this game. Foster is the only person who has availed himself as remotely competent so far.

Dyrell Robers career underachiever!

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ok ok I can't defend Logan anymore

tyrod did it mikey! tyrod did it!

its not Logans fault Roberts gave up on the play

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i hate to rag on our own players but yeah Dyrell is so useless

wtf are the icing the punter?

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Its up to Buds unit

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i love college OT over pros

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I know it's because "it wasn't catchable" but give him a chance!

i got a bad feeling about this one guys

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yay!

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No way

But he looked so inept tonight. Looked like he was licking the bus window on the way down to Orlando.

I'm skeptical. We've heard the same rumors year in and year out. Beamer will not demote or fire him.

I JUST...

BOUGHT THE BAR A ROUND OF SHOTS!!!! WHERE MY ATLANTA HOKIES AT?!?¨

"...sticks and stones may break my bones but I'm gonna kick you repeatedly in the balls Gardoki!"

all the sarcasm aside i do have to say i never thought it would feel so good to be 7-6

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HAHAHAH!! FUCK THE WORLD!

russel athletic bowl champs!

i'm pumped we won but seriously the entire offensive staff should be canned.

"We're your family right?!? You love your family right?!?"-Dadi Nicholas
"That kid you're talking to right there, I think he played his nuts off! And you can quote me on that shit!" -Bud Foster

Question:

I guess its kind of a moot point since we got the win anyways, but can someone explain to me why that flag got picked up on Rutgers' recovered fumble TD? Watching it in real time, it looked like they came across early (possibly why the snap was bad). Obviously one of the refs agreed with me because a flag was thrown. I never saw a replay or heard an explanation for why that flagged was picked up. Felt like it kinda got swept under the rug.

Not the bagman VT deserves, but the bagman VT needs right now.

Hooray for STUPID LUCK (and Bud Foster's defense)! That's all I can say for tonight's win.

I support Coach Frank Beamer.

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