The Check Comes Due, Recurring Issues Derail the Hokies Against Miami

Film review focused on the Virginia Tech offense's meager 10-point performance against the Hurricanes.

[Virginia Tech Athletics \ Dave Knachel]

Throughout the season I have harped on three key shortcomings of the Virginia Tech offense. First, the Hokies' young offensive skill position group does not have the explosive individual talents that can make big vertical plays. That makes offensive efficiency — the ability to set up makeable third down conversions and then make them — critically important. Second, Josh Jackson's lack of explosiveness in the quarterback run game allows defenses to commit an extra defender to stopping Tech's tailbacks. Third, the Hokies' receiving unit struggles to get separation against good coverage if misdirection does not manipulate defenders out of position.

Head coach Justin Fuente was candid in his postgame comments about how Miami was able to take advantage of all three weaknesses.

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