There has been much debate about the causes of our offensive woes. Youth, injuries, talent, etc. I think the same challenges have been faced by the defense.
For the last two weeks one yard was the difference between a win and a loss. Last week, against GT, VT faced two critical downs with one yard in the balance and lost. This week, after a relentless pursuit by a backup safety, one yard was again the determining factor. Unlike last week, the offense had four shots at gaining that one yard. Like last week the offense failed to convert. Unlike last week VT was victorious.
Bud Foster didn't back down because of who he had on the field. He didn't indicate he had no confidence in the defense even with the big plays they had given up in the past. He wouldn't have blamed a failure to hold Pitt on 18-22 year old boys. Instead Bud did what he always does. He made tough calls and TRUSTED and BELIEVED IN is players to hold their opponent when everything was on the line. They deliverd.
There's a reason Bud Foster is revered in college football. Year in and year out for over 21 years he has put defenses on the field that have been the heart and soul of this team with no excuses.
At this point I do not consider Brad Cornelsen to be Bud Foster's offensive peer. I don't know what to do about that or if anything has to be done about that. I just know that, once again, VT is relying on Foster and the defense to keep our heads above water.